This week, The Daniel Plan exposes you to the severe problem of food addiction and offers ways to help. Being overweight is commonly blamed on bad habits, weak will power, genetics, the media or lack of exercise. However, certain foods stimulate both physiological and emotional responses which are just as powerful as alcohol, drug and other addictions!

What is a Food Addiction?
Addiction is a dependence on a substance in which the affected individual feels powerless to stop. With two-thirds of American adults and one-third of American children being overweight or at risk of being obese, that’s more than 200 million people who may be addicted to food.

Food addiction is characterized by obsession with food, the accessibility of food and the expectancy of pleasure from eating food. Food addiction involves the recurring consumption of food against the individual’s better judgment resulting in loss of control and anxiety or the limitation of food and obsession with body weight and image.

Signs & Solutions
Watch for these signs of food addiction from Dr. Mehmet Oz and The Dr. Oz Show. Also learn how Dr. Oz  is treating a former model turned food addict.

Dr. Mark Hyman provides his viewpoint and ways to breakthrough food addiction in his video and corresponding article.

Dr. Daniel Amen says food addiction is a serious issue that is costing people their lives.  But in his excerpt from “Unchain Your Brain,” breaking up with food doesn’t have to be hard.

Dr. Amen also suggested we share the book, The End of Overeating by Dr. David Kessler. Read our book summary that exposes the food industry objective to create cravings.

Help from Saddleback
Overcoming an addiction will take help from others. If you’ve identified that food is consuming your life and you need help, we’ve included an article, and resources available through Saddleback Church, so you don’t have to walk alone in recovery.

Laughter, Superfoods & Fitness
With this serious topic, we’ve added a light-hearted article as well, because research shows jokes can be funny…Besides laughter has several health benefits as well. If you have a healthy joke to share, email [email protected].

In addition, we’ve included an interesting discovery in Essential Oils, and that beans are a superfood.

In this week’s fitness spotlight, Tom Wilson shares motivating tips to stick with the plan.

Not Will Power, But God’s Power
Be encouraged by Teri Miller’s story and how she has lost more than 50 lbs since being on The Daniel Plan.

Stay Connected
We’re “better together,” as Dee Eastman would say. So we’ve organized two ways to stay connected with others on The Daniel Plan.

  1. The Daniel Plan Night at The Refinery, Thursday, 5-8. Read this week’s menu and join us!
  2. Register now for The Daniel Plan Fun Walk & Run on June 11! It’s going to be lots of fun!



  1. Identify if you, or a loved one, may have a food addiction. Then get help. Your health, family and life depends on it.
  2. Discover new recipes using the cost-effective superfood, beans. Exercise daily and if you need some motivation, check in with Tom Wilson’s video.
  3. Stay connected to our community. Have dinner Thursday night at The Refinery and register for the Fun Walk & Run on June 11.