The Daniel Cure by Susan Gregory is not to be confused with The Daniel Plan by Rick Warren is a healthy-eating/living/diet book based on the book of Daniel in the Bible.
A number of years ago Susan Gregory experienced great success with following a diet like the one mentioned in Daniel chapter 1. If you’re not familiar with that, Daniel along with other young Jewish men were taken captive to Babylon under Nebuchadnezzar. Knowing that the food from the king’s table had been sacrificed to idols, and wanting to keep themselves pure, Daniel and two of his friends choose to eat only vegetables and drink only water. The chief of the eunuchs was afraid that he would be in trouble with the king if he allowed Daniel and his friends to eat this way because they would not be as healthy as the rest. Daniel convinced him to let them try it for ten days. At the end of the ten days, Daniel and his friends were healthier than the others who did not follow this diet.
I found this book to be both a mix of good and bad information. Good in that I learned things I had not previously learned in my study of nutrition. For example, one thing I learned (or probably re-learned) was how the blood is pumped from the heart. And just how many times the heart pumps the blood throughout the body every day. The heart pumps the blood from and to the heart every minute that you are resting, faster if you’re active.
And bad because the book claims that you will feel amazing as soon as you start eating a healthy diet of vegetables. That just isn’t true at least not for most people. Most people will experience a time of feeling horrible with flu-like symptoms as the body rids itself of toxins.
I liked the good information. I will keep this book around and refer to it as it will be a great reference.
If you, like myself, follow a paleo type of diet, and are thinking this book will be a great addition to your paleo cookbooks, let me save you the $22.99 and tell you it’s not. I was not able to prepare any of the recipes in the book as they contain ingredients I can not eat. According to the Biblical account of Daniels’ “diet” (which by the way was not to “get healthy” but was in fact no defile himself with food sacrificed to idols), he ate only vegetables and drank only water, he did not eat grains. Or he might have, I wasn’t there. But this book uses both vegetables AND grains. So sorry, Paleo people, it’s not for you.
I received a free copy of this book from the BookLook Bloggers for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own.