One Man’s Journey From Obesity and Diabetes to Health

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I recently met John, a trim, silver-haired, energetic man in his mid-sixties who was a guest at our church. In my remarks at our evening service for the community, I shared some of the ideas I had gained after attending a lifestyle medicine conference. John introduced himself to me afterwards and offered his story. We both feel our meeting wasn't a coincidence. A few years ago John was a self-described chocolate and Mountain Dew addict, ate the "American" diet of meat and potatoes, and was Continue Reading

What’s “The Daniel Plan”?

Today's news and culture update: I came across an interview with Pastor Rick Warren, author of "The Purpose Driven Life" and pastor of the Saddleback Church in California. He speaks about "The Daniel Plan," a program he developed for his church members to see how faith impacts health and what the Bible has to say about it. Pastor Rick noticed one Sunday--after performing 867 baptisms in one day--that most of his congregation was overweight (including himself, he admits). So he came up with a Continue Reading

Granny Smith says boo to obesity

Every night we make five lunches at my house.  And I'm not talking simple peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. My teenage daughter likes exotic foods like Quinoa salad and edamame with Japanese rice, or hummus and pita chips. My teenage son loves his turkey sandwich with spinach on sourdough. And he has to have his big green apple. It's not always easy to motivate my kids to make lunches when the French quiz or AP History paper is looming . . . unless I mention "the school cafeteria" Continue Reading