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A REAL DIET PLAN FOR EMMANUEL CHURCH AND THE COMMUNITY OF HUNTINGTON
A REAL DIET PLAN FOR EMMANUEL CHURCH AND THE COMMUNITY OF HUNTINGTON
A NORTHEASTERN CONFERENCE OF SDA HEALTH INITATIVE
THE 10-DAY DANIEL’S DIET HEALTH CHALLENGE:
10 Days to Look and Feel Great
Official Date: to be announced at Emmanuel SDA Church
*The information provided on this site is not intended to diagnose or treat any condition and should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. As necessary, please consult with your medical provider before participating in any program mentioned here.*
“But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water drink.
And at the end of ten days their countenance appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king’s delicacies.”
Daniel 1:8, 12, 15
What will God do for you in just 10 days?
“God has given us the power of choice; it is ours to exercise. We cannot change our hearts, we cannot control our thoughts, our impulses, our affections. We cannot make ourselves pure, fit for God’s service. But we can choose to serve God; we can give Him our will…” (Ellen G. White, Temperance, page 112)
“Daniel’s clearness of mind and firmness of purpose, his power in acquiring knowledge and in resisting temptation, were due in great degree to the plainness of his diet, in connection with his life of prayer.” (Ellen G. White, Temperance, page 156)
The Bible tells us clearly that Daniel and his friends requested a diet of pulse (see “What is pulse?” below) and water. It was a Plant Based Diet and as such it included no animal products. We are also told of Daniel’s strong prayer life. These practices led to the superior physical and spiritual health that the 4 friends enjoyed. And it is these practices that we will adopt during the 10-day plan.
The week before you begin, you are encouraged to do the following:
1. Begin praying for the Holy Spirit to give you overcoming power to make necessary changes in your life.
2. If you have any chronic medical conditions (like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure), take medication for any reason, or are pregnant, it is recommended that you speak with you health care provider BEFORE beginning the program.
3. Choose a Daniel Diet partner so that you may pray together and encourage each other during the 10 day diet.
4. Write down your health condition. Be specific about how you are feeling, both physically and spiritually.
5. Create a meal plan for the 10 day period. The Daniel Diet may be very different to the way you have been eating. If you do not plan each meal, you will find it very easy to return to your former eating habits. A sample meal plan and delicious vegan recipes have been included in this guide. Early in the week you can stock up on the nonperishable items you need and then 1-2 days before the diet, procure perishable items. He who fails to plan, plans to fail.
6. Remove the temptations. If possible, rid your home, office, and car of any items that you do not want as part of your diet.
7. Keep a journal and record daily the miraculous changes that you are experiencing in your physical and spiritual life.
8. Participate in the reporting conference call for all participants on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 7 pm. (Call 805-399-1200 and enter PIN 159094# when directed.)
9. Send in your reports, pictures, testimonials, videos, and any recipes you make to the Daniel’s Diet page on nechealth.org or e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
10. During these 10 days, we are asking you to make a commitment to fast from listening to and sharing in all gossip, including TV gossip. If you have some withdrawal symptoms that is normal. Phil 4:8-9
* Be prepared to continue what you have started and visit nechealth.org for follow-up programs.*
WHAT WAS THE CONSTITUENTS OF DANIEL’S DIET?
PULSE: What is Pulse?
Pulse comes from the Hebrew word Hazeero`iym meaning, seed or grain, such as barley, wheat, rye, and peas, etc (Adam Clarke's Commentary). Pulse would also refer to any kind of seed and plants that bear seeds as well as vegetables.
Thus, the Daniel Diet would include items from the following four food groups.
1. The Whole Grain Group: This group includes brown rice, oats, barley, millet, and products made from whole grain. Grains are filling with little fat and no cholesterol.
2. The Legume Group: This category includes peas, beans and lentils. Legumes are hearty, high protein foods with a low glycemic index. They are rich in calcium, iron, and cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber.
3. The Vegetable Group: The green vegetables--asparagus, broccoli, spinach, kale, collards, and many others are packed with iron and except for spinach, high in absorbable calcium. Orange-colored vegetables are loaded with beta-carotene, a cancer fighter. Good examples are carrots and yams. These foods are very low in fat, and like all plants foods, they have no cholesterol.
4. The Fruit Group: Fruits are loaded with vitamins and they have no fats or cholesterol. Nearly all fruits: apples, bananas, blue berries, cherries, oranges, peaches and most others have a low glycemic index. The exceptions are watermelon and pineapple.
(See examples of how to put these food groups together in recipes further on.)
Note the similarity between these groups and God’s original Diet (Genesis 1:29). Christian author, Ellen G. White says, “Grains, fruits, nuts and vegetables constitute the diet chosen for us by our Creator. These foods, prepared in as simple and natural a manner as possible, are the most healthy and nourishing” (Ellen G. White, Counsels on Diet and Foods, p. 81).
WATER: Drink 8-10 glasses of water daily thorough out these 10 day and no other liquids
WALKING: Do 30-60 minutes of moderately intense walking 5 to 7 days a week. This can be done in 15 minutes (twice) or 10 minutes segments (three times). Having a walking buddy is strongly encouraged
Summary of the Diet: Eat from the 4 food groups. Drink water and get moving.
The American Dietetic Association confirms that a well-planned vegetarian diet provides adequate nutrition at all stages of life. In planning meals, consider the following.
1. As much as possible, try to eat your meals around the same time every day. The body functions best when we stick to a regular schedule. This really requires planning and commitment but it’s worth the effort.
2.Eat breakfast like a king or queen, lunch like a prince or princess and dinner like a pauper. Eat your heaviest meals toward the beginning of the day.
3. Choose a variety of foods. The colors of our foods (reds, yellows, oranges, greens, and blues) indicate the presence of phytochemicals, substances which provide color and taste and are beneficial to health. They can help to strengthen the immune system and prevent diseases like cancer diabetes and heart disease. The average adult should consume:
4. Choose to eat foods high in fiber. Fiber is the indigestible part of plant foods.
5. Eliminate animal products. This includes beef, chicken, fish, eggs, milk, cheese, butter and any products containing these foods.
6. Avoid processed foods. Processing generally removes fiber and nutrients and adds salt, sugar, fat and calories. Aim to eat foods as grown – as close to the original state as possible. For example, choose the orange over orange juice. Avoid “white” foods – white sugar, white flour, white rice, white pasta – all of which are highly processed.
7. Eat 2-3 meals per day. The digestive system functions optimally when it is given a 5-6 hour rest between meals. Research shows that food eaten in between meals interferes with digestion of the previous meal. And the body considers any food as a meal, no matter how healthy it is. The third meal of the day is optional. If taken, the third meal of the day should be eaten at least 3 hours before going to bed. And it should be a light meal so that the digestive system is able to finish its work before the night’s rest.
8. Make water your drink of choice. You should drink at least 30 minutes before a meal or 2 hours after a meal so the water does not interfere with digestion.
(Here is just a sample of what you can do. You are encouraged to adjust your meals to fit your preferences, as long as you follow the guidelines of the 4 Food Groups)
MY MEAL PLAN
5 Grain Crockpot Cereal
¼ c. oat groats
¼ c. brown rice, uncooked
¼ c. quinoa, uncooked
¼ c. millet, uncooked
¼ c. barley, uncooked
3 c. water
½ c. dates
½ teaspoon salt
½ tsp. coriander (optional)
1 c. soymilk
¼ c. flax seed, lightly ground
Place all ingredients except soymilk and flaxseed in a crock pot on low, overnight. In the morning stir in the soymilk and ground flax seed. Serve hot with your favorite fruit.
2 c. cooked garbanzo beans
1/3 -1/2 c. garbanzo juice or water
3 T. lemon juice
1 T. olive oil
2 T. tahini
1 t. salt
1 T. onion powder
1 clove garlic
1 t. basil
Place all ingredients in blender, adding enough garbanzo juice or water to facilitate blending. Blend to a smooth spread. Serve with whole wheat pita bread, chopped tomato and cucumber and sliced avocado for tasty pita bread sandwiches.
Ratatouille with Penne Pasta
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 green pepper, julienne cut
1 T. olive oil
1 eggplant, cubed
1 zucchini, sliced
1 qt. chopped tomatoes, with liquid
1 t. salt
1 tsp. honey
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. parsley
Pinch of thyme
1 t. flour
¼ c. water
Sauté onion, garlic and green pepper in olive oil until tender. Add eggplant and zucchini. Sprinkle with salt. Add tomatoes, salt, honey and herbs. Simmer uncovered until eggplant is tender. Stir in thoroughly and continue to simmer until flour thickens. Serve over cooked whole grain pasta, brown rice or whole wheat couscous.
Makes 12 – ½ c. servings
Apple Oat Casserole
2 c. quick oats
1 c. raisins
1 c. shredded coconut
2 c. soy milk
2 c. water
2 large baking apples, chopped (for example, red delicious)
1 T. date butter
1 t. vanilla
1 t. salt
Mix all ingredients together and place in a casserole dish sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake covered for 60 minutes at 350⁰F until all the liquid is absorbed and oats are set.
Place 1 cup of chopped or pitted whole dates in a bowl and barely cover with boiling water. Allow to stand until dates are soft. Pour off and reserve liquid. Place dates in a blender or food processor and blend with enough of the water to blend smooth.
2 Kiwi fruit
1/2 cup Orange juice
1/2 cup frozen Mango chunks (or other frozen fruit chunks)
Peel and slice the Kiwi fruit, and blend. Add Banana, Orange juice and frozen fruit.
Blend until smooth. Pour over ice cubes in two long glasses.
1 c. pineapple juice
2-3 frozen bananas
2 c. frozen fruit of your choice (peaches, strawberries, mangoes, berries, etc.)
1 t. vanilla
½ c. soy milk
2 t. honey (optional)
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until thick, smooth, and creamy. Add additional soy milk, if necessary, to facilitate blending. Makes approximately 3 – 8 oz. servings.
Almond Sunflower Cereal by Jennifer Cornbleet
2 tablespoons soaked Raw Almonds
2 tablespoons soaked Raw Sunflower Seeds
1 tablespoon soaked Raw Walnuts o Pecans (optional)
½ cup chopped or sliced fresh fruit (i.e. apple, banana, berries, kiwifruit, mango, peach, pineapple)
½ cup Almond Milk
Combine Almonds, Sunflower seeds, Walnut/Pecans (optional), and fruit in a small bowl. Serve immediately with Almond milk.
Mix well in a large bowl and set aside:
7 c. large oat flakes
1 c. quick oats
1 c. unsweetened desiccated coconut
1 c. sliced raw almonds
1 t. salt
Blend in a blender till creamy:
¾ c. raw sunflower seeds
1 c. water
½ c. honey, maple syrup or agave
2 t. vanilla
Pour the liquid over the dry ingredients. Mix well with your hands. Spread evenly on a nonstick baking sheet. Bake at 250-275⁰ F for 1-2 hours, till golden and crunchy. Watch carefully and stir every 20 minutes. Time varies, depending on oven, pans, etc.
Raw Spaghetti (Compliments of Rick Dina, D.C.
2 medium green Zucchini, as thick (fat) and straight as possible (or “spiralize” in Saladacco Spiral Slicer, or similar machine. Shredded Zucchini can work also, but the authentic “pasta effect” is not as notable. Arrange on plate similar to pasta.
10-12 “sundried” Tomatoes, allow to soak for several minutes in warm water to soften.
1 large fresh Tomato
1 large Red Pepper
1-2 stalks of Celery
1 clove Garlic
(4-5 fresh Basil leaves)
Blend all of the sauce ingredients in a blender or Food Processor. Add the soaked sundried Tomatoes last, a few at a time. Pour nicely over the zucchini “pasta”. Some fresh curly Parsley sprinkled over the top adds a nice touch!
Monkey Shake by Cherie Calbom
(This juicing recipe will act as an aid for indigestion)
½ Orange, peeled (leave white pithy part on)
½ Papaya peeled
Orange twist for garnish Juice Orange with Papaya.
Place juice and Banana in to a blender or food processor, and blend until smooth.
Garnish with the Orange twist. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy!!
Sprouted Sunflower Seed Veggie Patties Compliments of Rick Dina
½ lb. (1 + 3/4 cups) raw, unsalted Sunflower Seeds
Soak for 8 hours in purified water. Rinse and allow to sprout for 1 day.
1 head Celery
1 large Red Onion
3 cloves Garlic
2 Lemons, juiced
Add Lemon juice, Celery, Garlic and Onion to Food Processor. Blend thoroughly with the S-Blade. Then add the carrots and blend thoroughly again. Add the sprouted Sunflower Seeds last and mix for several minutes. (You may have to do this in 2 batches if the Food Processor is not large enough.) At this point, this “batter” is great as a sprouted seed pate. You can stuff half a pepper with it, use as a dip, or roll it in nori sheets.
Now take a ½ cup measure, and put scoops of the mixture onto dehydrator sheets, with either “teflex”, or wax paper covering. Arrange into nice patty shapes, or whatever shape you desire. Dehydrate at less than 110 degrees Fahrenheit for about 12-14 hours. Then “flip” the patties, and dehydrate for another few hours so the bottoms are not too soggy. Now you have live sprouted sunseed veggie patties!! You can also make them into raw sandwiches.
Place one large or two small pieces of Red/Green Leaf Lettuce on a plate. Place one of the Sunseed patties on the Lettuce. Next place one slice of a Tomato on top of the patty, a few slices from ¼ of an Avocado on top of the Tomato. For extra flavor add a little bit of soaked and rinsed Dulse (Seaweed). Wrap everything up in the Lettuce and eat!
Fruit and Nut Butter
1 Med Banana
1 Med Apple
2 Tbsp Raw Peanut/Almond Butter
1 oz Raisins
Cut the Banana and Apple into bite sized pieces. Drizzle the fruit with the Peanut butter and sprinkle with Raisins and enjoy
Blend in a blender until creamy, about 1 minute:
2/3 c. raw cashews
1/8 t. salt
2/3 c. water
1 T. honey
Add 3 1/3 c. water. Mix well and refrigerate. Shake well before serving.
Blend in a blender till creamy:
1/3 c. raw cashews
1/3 c. diced cucumber
¼ t. onion salt
1 T. fresh lemon juice (may add another t. if you like it more “lemony”)
1 T. honey
¼ t. garlic salt
Store in refrigerator.
Raw Sweet Corn Salad by Rhonda of Hallelujah Acres
1 large ear of raw Sweet Corn
1/2 Red Bell Pepper, chopped
1 large ripe Tomato, diced
3 tablespoons Parsley, minced
1 Celery stalk, diced
1/4 cup Sweet Red Onion, chopped
Wash all vegetables, remove kernels of Corn from cob, dice Tomato, dice Celery, chop Red Pepper and Onion, and mince the Parsley. Combine in a bowl, cover and set in refrigerator while preparing Avocado dressing.
1 ripe Avocado
1 Lemon, juiced
Mash the Avocado until smooth; add the Lemon juice until a creamy consistency is obtained. To Serve: Place leaf Lettuce on a plate, spread with Avocado mixture, top with raw Sweet Corn salad
Four Berries by Norma Miller
3 Green eating Apples
3 oz Blackberries
6 oz Raspberries
6 oz Blueberries
3 oz Cranberries
Wash and remove stalks from the Berries and Apples. Cut Apples into wedges.
Juice the Apples, Blackberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, and Cranberries.
Pour the juice into glasses, if preferred add a little water or ice. Serve immediately.
4 Romaine Lettuce/Cabbage leaves
1 cup thinly shredded Green Lettuce of your Choice
½ Carrot (shredded)
½ cup thinly shredded Cabbage (red or green)
1 ripe Haas Avocado
3 tbsp Lemon Juice
⅛ teaspoon Salt
¼ C Chopped Raw Walnuts (optional)
In one large bowl, add the Lettuce Carrots and Cabbage
In a small bowl mash the Avocado, add the Lemon juice and salt. Then add the mashed Avocado into the big bowl.
(Optional) Fold the Walnuts into the salad.
Fill the Romaine Lettuce/Cabbage leaves with the salad mixture and roll.
Use toothpicks to hold the Green taco together and enjoy.
Tomato and Cucumber Salad
2 teaspoons Olive oil
1 clove Garlic, minced
3-5 fresh Basil leaves
1-3 fresh Oregano leaves
1 teaspoon Lemon juice
Salt (to taste)
Raw Slivered Almond
Tomato/Cucumber Salad: Roughly chop Tomatoes and Cucumbers (seed or not, but I usually peel). Roll up leaves and slice into little strips (chiffonade). Chop and add to your and bowl. Season with Olive oil, Salt, Pepper and a squeeze of Lemon juice. Toss and let sit for 5 minutes, then enjoy.
Crock Pot Chili
(This recipe may also be done on stove top.)
Put in a crock pot
10 c. water
2 ½ - 3 c. dried kidney beans
1 whole potato, peeled
1 whole onion
Cook on high overnight or till beans are done. Remove potato and onion from the beans and discard them. Drain the beans. Add
4 T. mock chili seasoning
2 T. cumin
2 t. onion powder
1 t. onion salt
½ t. garlic salt
2 t. dried onions
½ t. dried garlic
8 c. canned whole tomatoes
½ c. rehydrated TVP (optional)
Cook on medium low till warmed or ready to eat.
Mock Chili Seasoning
Blend in a small coffee grinder or blender until powdered
6 bay leaves
2 t. basil
1/3 c. parsley flakes
1 T. oregano
Transfer to a small mixing bowl and add
1 ½ t. onion powder
½ t. garlic powder
¼ c. paprika
5 t. cumin
Mix well. Store in an airtight container.
7 medium Apples
1 cup of Rolled Oats
1/4 cup of Raisins
1/4 cup Almonds (optional)
1/2 teaspoon Cardamom seasoning
Cut the Apples into wedges and remove the core. Juice the Apple wedges and reserve 2 1/4 cups of the juice and 1/2 cup of the pulp.
In a medium size bowl, combine the Apple juice and pulp with the Oats, Raisins, Almonds and Cardamom; mix well. Cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator. Allow the Muesli to soak overnight.
To serve, pour some of the muesli into a bowl and add fresh Berries or Banana slices.
Yield: 3 1/2 cups
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Bell Peppers Stuffed with Sunflower Herb Pate (Jennifer Cornbleet)
1 cup soaked raw Sunflowers seeds
2 tablespoons Water
1 tablespoon fresh Lemon juice
½ teaspoon crushed Garlic (1 clove)
¼ teaspoon Salt
Dash Cayenne or Black pepper
1/3 cup soaked or oil-packed Sun Dried Tomatoes (optional)
1 tablespoon minced Red or Green Onion
2 teaspoons minced fresh Dill weed, Basil, or Parsley
½ Red Bell Pepper, seeded (or ¼ Red Bell Pepper, if large)
½ teaspoon minced fresh Parsley, for garnish (optional)
Place Sunflower Seeds, Water, Lemon juice, Garlic, Salt, Cayenne, and Tomatoes in a food processor and process to a paste. Stop occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Transfer to a small mixing bowl. Stir in the Red Onion and Dill weed, mix well, and set aside.
Trim the white membranes from the Bell Pepper using a paring knife. Fill the Pepper with the pate and garnish with the Parsley, if desired. Serve immediately.
THE WHOLISTIC APPROACH
The Bible doesn’t mention all the specifics of Daniel’s health plan. However, we know there are several components of a well-rounded health program. You are encouraged to include these components during the Daniel Diet.
1. Engage in daily exercise. Walking is the simplest but also the best exercise. It is low-impact, inexpensive and almost everyone can participate in this activity. A sample walking program has been included. Please consult your medical provider before engaging in any form of exercise.
2. Let the sun kiss your face. Research shows that vitamin D, which we can manufacture in our bodies with the sun’s help, is very necessary for good health. Try to spend 30-45 minutes in the sun every day.
3. Be temperate. Use good things in moderation and completely avoid anything which is harmful.
4. Take a deep breath. Most of us take very shallow breaths. Practice taking full, deep breaths in order to provide your body with all the oxygen it needs.
5. Sleep, sleep, sleep. The average adult needs to sleep 7-9 hours per night. And every hour of sleep before midnight is as effective as 2 hours after midnight. Try to get to bed by 10 PM.
SAMPLE WALKING PROGRAM
· Walking is low impact, can tone your muscles, relax your mind, & strengthen your back.
· Pass the talk test. If you can’t talk while walking, you are exercising too hard. Slow down.
· Wear bright clothing. Strive to be seen, not part of an accident scene.
· Walk up hills if you need to increase the intensity of your walking program
Describe your health condition before beginning The Daniel Diet. Be specific.
Day 1: 02/01/14
Day 2: 02/02/14
Day 3: 02/03/14
Day 4: 02/04/14
Day 5: 02/05/14
Day 6: 02/06/14
Day 7: 02/07/14
Day 8: 02/08/14
Day 9: 02/09/14
Day 10: 02/10/14
Describe the changes in your health since completing The Daniel Diet.
13: Individuals who eat breakfast are less likely to overeat, less likely to snack during the day, tend to eat more healthfully and have a decreased risk of obesity. (mayoclinic.com)
#12: Ginger is a spice with powerful health benefits. Studies have shown that it lowers LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol), it is a great antioxidant and it keeps your blood from clotting by reducing the stickiness of your platelets. Ginger also has strong antiseptic properties.
#11: Oranges can act as a natural mood enhancer. Oranges contain vitamin B6, also referred to as the “mood vitamin.” Vitamin B6 acts in the brain to help produce serotonin which can make you happy.
#10: Hara hachi bu is a Japanese saying that loosely translates into eat until you are 80% full.
#9: Drinking liquids with meals slows digestion. So if you must drink with meals, try not to drink more than 4 ounces and do it sparingly. Drink either 15-20 minutes before you eat or at least 30 minutes after.
#8: Have you heard that you should chew your food 32 times? While it may not be necessary to count how many times you chew a mouthful of food, it is important to chew food thoroughly. Digestion begins in the mouth and chewing thoroughly ensures that the process starts right.
#7: NASA research has shown that living, green and flowering plants can remove some sources of indoor pollution. English Ivy, Bamboo palm and the spider plant are a few of nature’s air purifiers.
#6: Stop eating by 7pm. This will give your body enough time to digest the meal before you go to bed. This makes for a good night’s rest?
#5: 1 in 3 Americans with high blood pressure don’t’ know they have it. Have you had your blood pressure checked lately?
#4: In the 2010 Sleep and Ethnicity Poll, 1/3 of all adults in all ethnic groups report getting less sleep than needed to function at their best. The average adult needs 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night. (National Sleep Foundation)
#3: “It is estimated that 250,000 deaths per year in the United States are attributed to a lack of regular physical activity.” (Journal of the American Medical Association)
#2: "The bad news: Eating 100 extra calories per day will add 10 pounds in a year. The good news: Eating 100 less calories per day will help you lose 10 pounds in a year."
#1: Eat slowly. It take