Me and Mini-Me

Kicking back on thMe-Daniele Fourth of July weekend. Hope everyone had a good one, and thank you to all the men and women who sacrificed to make it possible. God bless!

and yes, that’s a Tough Mudder shirt.

Started The Daniel Plan this month at church on Wednesday nights. That’s Rick Warren’s latest book with help from Dr. Daniel Amen a pioneer in neuroscience.  His bio is unreal, it goes something like: physician, double-board certified psychiatrist, teacher, eight-time New York Times best-selling author, founder of the Amen Clinics, and a man whose work is featured in The Dr. Oz Show, 20/20, Newsweek, TIME, Parade Magazine, the New York Times, and TED talks. Oh by the way, he’s a Christian so evidently believing in a Creator God does not keep someone from contributing to science…

Aaaand Rick Warren also got help on the book from Dr. Mark Hyman, a practicing family physician, six-time #1 New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in his field of Functional Medicine, plus founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center, chairman of the board of the Institute for Functional Medicine, medical editor of the Huffington Post, and regular medical contributor on Katie Couric’s TV show, Katie.

Wow, those are serious heavy weights in their scientific fields teaming up with a pastor. Once again it demonstrates you can be a Christian and embrace scientific discovery. They aren’t mutually exclusive.

Anywhoo, we’re going through the Daniel Plan, and I’m starting to do the hardest part for me and that is to incorporate the diet suggestions and change some of the things I eat and drink.

Over the past three years I’ve gotten myself in decent shape, but I’ve cheated around the edges. I lost 20+ pounds, and the other day ran 5.1 miles with an average pace of 8:32 a mile. Working out in the gym twice a week, I’ll spend 50 minutes on weights and do 1000 crunches on a stability ball plus a few other exercises. Through all of that however, I’ve continued to drink diet Mtn. Dew, eat junk food occasionally although I watch the calories, and I even still stop at McDonalds and sometimes buy the fries.

The Daniel Plan is telling to me to quit that silly stuff.  It’s actually a little easier than I thought as it focuses on eating whole foods. In fact, it says you can eat anything you want but make it whole foods. If you want fries, chop your own from an actual potato. Eat fresh fruit, whole vegetables, whole grain everything, and stay away from unnatural sweeteners in drinks. That part isn’t easy at all, but I HAVE learned to make a smoothie…

I’ll have to let you know how it’s goes.

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