Rick Warren: Purpose Driven Health??

When you make one step God will continue to connect you with people, places and events to confirm that you are on the right path. Since starting my journey to wholeness God has given me so much information in the form of books, meeting individuals and finding out about organizations such as Just Food, NYC Department of Health Office of Minority Health (which gives funding for wellness programs in churches) and now on the Sojourners Blog (a faith based advocacy group that I write for and work with for my job) Lilly Fowler writes about how Pastor Rick Warren, Author of The Purpose Driven Life is focusing on health. Though I don’t always agree with his theology he is one of the most influential pastors in the nation so he has the power to bring wellness to thousands of people. Sometimes I questions whether I am alone on this journey but then God shows me that the spirit  “doesn’t work cross purposes” (as my mentor Author & Activist Lisa Sharon Harper shared with me) we are all connected and we all receive divine direction when we most need and want it.

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Rick Warren in September 2008. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images.

Megachurch pastor Rick Warren has become an outsized evangelical superstar: best-selling author of The Purpose Driven Life series, pastoral mentor and even political referee.Now Warren is finding a new purpose: tackling his outsized waistline.

Warren, 58, says the revelation came about a year ago, during a marathon baptism session of about 800 people at Saddleback Church.

As he struggled to submerge members of his flock in the baptismal pool one by one, he realized his parishioners were heavy and that he, too, was fat, setting a terrible example.

Warren says his gradual weight gain — about two to three pounds a year — has added up over his 30 years as a pastor. To lose the extra pounds and inspire others to do the same, the former football player enlisted the help of three doctors.

Warren recruited a family physician, Dr. Mark Hyman; Dr. Mehmet Oz, New York Times best-selling author and host of NBC’s The Dr. Oz Show; and Dr. Daniel Amen, a professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, and the lone professing Christian in the mix.

Together they launched “The Daniel Plan: God’s Prescription for Your Health,” named after a passage in the biblical Book of Daniel where the prophet and fellow Israelites refuse to accept “royal” food and wine from the Babylonian king, opting for water and simple vegetables instead.

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Wholeness 4 Love: My Journey

Native American Hoop of the People

Wholeness4Love is about my journey to physical, spiritually and emotional wholeness one step at a time. I started Wholistic Health Coaching in November and have been making small changes but now I want to step-up and do more to improve my health. For many years I struggled with PMDD(Premenstrual dysphoric disorder), systematic hypoglycemia, and stress related illnesses which resulted in me having a seizure while waiting to have dinner with my best friend in October 2009. The months following my seizure I had health problems that doctors could not diagnose and one day while sitting in class my hand started to shake, the doctors even suspected that I might have lupus and I decided to extend my graduate program to take a lighter load so that I could slow down. My health has improved but is still not where I would like it to be. Through Holistic Health coaching with Nicole Founder of Enlightened Table I learned the some of the foods I had been eating as well as the hair and skin products I used were aggravating my PMDD and stress. I also learned that many of my health issues were connected to emotional and creative expression issues that I had been ignoring or silently carrying around. The great thing about Holistic Health Coaching is that the spirit, soul and body of the person is taken into account and your plan of action is tailored to you. I have discovered many resources that are great supports for the changes I want to make and I would like to share this information with you. I want to invite you on my journey, though I usually blog about politics and stay away from blogging about my personal issues  as a Womanist I have come to see that the personal is political (for instance due to Food Deserts in low-income communities many end up eating unhealthy diets). I have gained so much thus far such as the ability to make my own perfume from essential oils, learning how to make all types of greens (including collards-yes they are VERY healthy for you!) and a clearer view of my vocation.

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