The Daniel Plan: A Faith Approach to Well-being

Fitness. Health. Wellness. What’s faith got to do with it? According to The Daniel Plan, living a life of devoted faith has everything to do with health—and it’s difficult to argue against it. Daniel planWell-known author and minister Pastor Rick Warren teamed up with two Medical Doctors, Daniel Amen and Mark Hyman, to write The Daniel Plan-40 Days to Healthier Life. The Daniel Plan landed on the NYT Best-Seller List immediately upon being published in December 2013 and is a current Top 500 on Amazon Best Sellers where it also holds a Top 20 ranking in Health, Fitness & Dieting > Nutrition. The Daniel Plan is broken into five key Essentials: Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus and Friends. While these are not unique to wellness and health, you rarely see all five so well packaged together. The Daniel Plan demonstrates the role of each in maintaining health—and more importantly, shows a correlation between them. Written from a distinctively Christian perspective, “Faith” in the The Daniel Plan is not merely holding a sincere religious belief, but a commitment to God through Jesus Christ. The basis of Faith in the The Daniel Plan is much more precise than believing in a higher power; it is rooted in the Christian’s Bible. One of the significant elements found in the book is that relegating Faith to spiritual devotion, segmented from the routine everyday life, is not the message of the authors. Rather, the life of faith intersects with all aspects of life and is revealed in each of the five Essentials for a healthier life. The most common books on health seem to focus on fitness and healthy eating. The Daniel Plan adequately addresses each of these in the Food and Fitness Essentials. However, the The Daniel Plan is much more. The segments on Faith, Focus and Friends are what separates The Daniel Plan from most other health and wellness books. The Daniel Plan moves the conversation from wellness to well-being, and emphasizes how well-being is dependent upon every area of our lives being in order. Warren writes, “It’s hard to be spiritually strong and mentally alert when you are emotionally stressed or Read more of this post

A Healthy Dose of Quotes from The Daniel Plan

This is a compilation of some of my favorite quotes from The Daniel Plan. My initial list contained 31 great quotes; I’ve whittled it down to a Top 20.  Read more of this post

What is the Difference between Wellness and Well-being?

arabiaMountainWhen we think of wellness, our thoughts often race to fitness, physical health and nutrition. Other wellness practitioners, however, say we need to move from Wellness to an understanding of Well-being.

What is Well-being?

While wellness is often a focus on physical health, well-being is a term that helps us grasp the importance of understanding that total health is more than the physical. Some will refer to this as total wellness, holistic wellness or a whole of life experience.

Well-being includes physical health, but it also includes additional key aspects of our lives such as Emotional, Psychological, Mental and Intellectual health. Social and Community health, where there is a sense of belong, are often included. Spiritual health is also often inserted into the conversation, such as in The Daniel Plan where the Biblical phrase of body, mind and spirit is used to demonstrate the scope of well-being.

Having a sense of Purpose is sometimes incorporated into the discussion on well-being, while Financial health is a common component of even some of the most basic wellness offerings. Even Career and Occupational health is included in well-being. Others will add Read more of this post

Why Employers Are Now Addressing Stress in the Workplace

Speaking to a group of employee benefit brokers from around Atlanta, Ron Bachman shared revealing statistics about the role of stress in the workplace including how 21.5% of all healthcare costs are stress-related. His emphasis on how stress dramatically clogs productivity was driven home later that same day as we learned Don Perry, Vice President of Public Relations for Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, had died suddenly of an apparent heart attack.  Was Perry’s death a vivid illustration of what Bachman was addressing?

When Perry died he and Chick-fil-A had been in a public relations quandary in the wake of Dan Cathy voicing his support of the Biblical view of marriage. Vocal gay-rights advocates, along with a few politicians and businesses, railed the fast-food giant while many Christians and conservatives praised Cathy and the company for their traditional family values. While the Los Angeles Timesreported Perry had issued a statement writing “going forward, our intent is to leave the policy debate over same-sex marriage to the government and political arena,” he was, no doubt, engaged in determining how the company would respond to a very public debate.

I certainly cannot be definitive on the cause of Perry’s death. Was it a heart attack? If so, was it brought on or hastened by stress? Read more of this post