The Daniel Fast book and program has been successfully and aggressively marketed to very high acclaim. Now comes the sequel, The Daniel Cure, which is the “maintenance” version of this popular eating for spiritual growth plan. In the Bible, where the story of Daniel is the origin of this health plan, Daniel and his friends ate herbs and water, and worshipped God, and became healthier. I may be the only one, but I got a bit confused by this book. The Daniel Fast, though I did not read it, supposedly excludes all processed food AND animal products (eggs, milk, etc.). They DO include all plant materials; beans and legumes, whole grains, and coconut, to name a few. The Daniel CURE includes such items as powdered protein supplements and meat. How does in any way relate to a fast, or to the original Daniel’s strategy?
I have done a great deal of study on nutrition and health topics and while there is a lot of health information presented in The Daniel Cure, it was not new to me. I do agree with the authors that many of today’s prevalent diseases—including diabetes, heart disease, and obesity—can probably be prevented to some extent through nutritional and lifestyle choices, and I am always happy to see that message portrayed. But the Daniel Fast list does include processed food (veggie burgers), items believed to be harmful by many nutrition experts (soy), and items known to have a high rate of mold toxins (peanuts and peanut butter). Saying it excludes processed food is a confusing premise. Also, the spiritual aspect of the Cure did not come through strongly enough in my opinion. It’s almost as if Susan Gregory and Richard Bloomer assumed that readers are well-read Christians. It would be nice to present this program as a way for seekers to begin with God. I would give this 3 stars overall.
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