With Summer arriving June 21, The Daniel Plan plans to boost your shape-up plan to help you enjoy the season while wearing shorts, t-shirts and swimsuits. For the next 30 days, we encourage you to take your health and fitness up a notch. Here’s how:

First, if you haven’t already, register for The Daniel Plan Fun Walk & Run on June 11. It’s a 5K (3.1 miles), 10K (6.2 miles) and Kids Run on and around the Lake Forest campus of Saddleback Church. Start training, track your times and see if you can finish with a “personal record” time!

Next, try increasing your exercise intensity after reading Tom Wilson’s article 30 Training Days to Summer article. Or dance the pounds away after watching this video segment from the popular The Dr. Oz Show.

If you haven’t started journaling your journey yet, try one of these online and mobile applications: loseit.comfitday.com or iGoogle (fatsecret.com). With these tools, you have a much higher chance of success by tracking your food and exercise. And be sure to update your profile weight, waist size and blood pressure and set some short term goals!

Need motivation? Read Casey Shannon’s story. Amazing how she has beat the odds in her life and recently earned two trophies competing in her first bodybuilding competition. And you will not believe how young she is!

To burn fat faster, you also need to understand the role calories and carbohydrates play. They both generate energy and impact your metabolism. Read Dr. Daniel Amen’s article Calories Count. And then read Dr. Mark Hyman’s article about calories and discover the truth for yourself. Dr. Hyman also provided us an article and video about the most important food in your diet: carbohydrates.

We also added a report on the amazing avocadoguarding what goes under your arm, a simple technique to enhance your muscle tissue and a summertime recipe featuring Marinated Tofu and an Asian Vegetable Salad.



  1. This Thursday, The Refinery is hosting The Daniel Plan Buffet from 5-8 pm! Come enjoy healthy food and meet new people. Play table tennis, pool and much more!
  2. Cooking Classes — During the month of June, The Refinery will be hosting cooking classes and demonstrations. Details coming soon!
  3. Healthy Living Workshops — Starting in July on Thursday mornings from 9:30am-11:30am in The Refinery, The Daniel Plan will host Healthy Living Workshops featuring fitness, wellness and cooking demos. No charge and child care available!