Monday, January 4, 2016
The Daniel Fast for Weight Loss by Susan Gregory
I started reading this book with great expectations. I tried a version of this years ago with good results.
Basically, this is 21-day (3 week) process in which only fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains are consumed and only water is drunk. There are no animal products (meat, eggs, dairy) or coffee. Along with this, the author provides devotional material and scripture to help you in the process. The expected outcome is a healthier body and a closer walk with our Savior.
I have no problem with the intent of this book but I do have some reservations about the recommended products. There has been a lot of information put out about the harmful effects of soy products (including tofu) and the use of soy in processed foods. The massive use of this in various forms in the U.S. is quite excessive in comparison to use in other countries and many detrimental health effects have been discovered with this excessive use. The other thing that I did not find consistent with a Daniel fast was the use of processed foods such as rice cakes. The one really good aspect of this regimen is weaning off of fats and sugars. That I heartily applaud.
With an adjustment of the food list, the rest of the program would be very beneficial and I intend to pursue it again very soon.
Tyndale gave me a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.