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  • Published Dated: May 13, 2014
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There are always new diets and dietary trends on the fringe, and one of my favorite things to do is to review and dig a bit deeper into how real some of their underlying claims are.  My boot camp crew and I have a great time discussing these dietary trends after our workouts on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and so in today’s blog and in a few to follow, I want to share some take-away points from diets of today that are all the rage.  If there are others you are curious about, comment below and let’s get the discussion going.

As a note, I don’t diet bash, but rather look for the components of each dietary plan that are practical and can support long-term, optimal health, well-being, and performance goals.  For example, while I think there are some great components to Paleo eating plans, I don’t recommend this nutrition regimen to endurance athletes.  Likewise, I don’t prescribe vegetarian or vegan eating plans for everyone because even though they can be great, for many people going vegetarian equates to a lot of processed foods, rather than more emphasis on vegetables.

Don’t be afraid to call out dietary bluffs and outlandish “food rules” for what they are.  Simply put, many diet plans “stretch it” with promises and are anecdotal in their promised cures.  All too often they aren’t based on conclusive research but rather correlations and testimonials.

With that being said . . .

The Daniel Diet Plan by pastor Rick Warren:

At present, many Christians communities are embracing this diet as “God’s diet,” and with Daniel from the Old Testament as a mentor, they are embracing better nutrition habits with hopes to increase their faith by eliminating processed foods, sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and in some cases dairy and gluten.  Daniel was an Israelite in Babylonian captivity who, rather than eat the king’s food, ate a diet of plant foods so as not to “defile himself with rich food.”  Religious communities suggest that this is a way of taking the focus off one’s physical appetite and, rather, focusing on The Lord.

I am definitely an advocate for focusing on non-starchy vegetables and lots of them.  I love the lifestyle emphasis of this plan, and for those who are spiritually minded, it’s great that this plan encourages motivation from a higher power.  Do you need to go gluten and dairy free?  Not necessarily.  You can, however, do so while still maintaining a well-balanced nutrition plan that supports health and weight management goals.

What do you think?

Are you willing to eliminate all processed foods, sugar, caffeine, and alcohol from your diet?  

Can you do so for more than 40 days with more of a long-term perspective?

All the best!

Jessica

 

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