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What is Daniel's Challenge?

 

In Babylon, Daniel and his friends requested a diet of pulse and water rather than "the King's meat." After 10 days the king found them healthier and stronger. After three years he found them 10 times better in wisdom than the most learned in the kingdom. (Read Daniel 1: 3-21)

 

Read the Story: Daniel 1:3-21

 

3   And the king spake unto Ashpenaz the master of his eunuchs, that he should bring certain of the children of Israel, and of the king's seed, and of the princes;

 

4   Children in whom was no blemish, but well favoured, and skilful in all wisdom, and cunning in knowledge, and understanding science, and such as had ability in them to stand in the king's palace, and whom they might teach the learning and the tongue of the Chaldeans.

 

5   And the king appointed them a daily provision of the king's meat, and of the wine which he drank: so nourishing them three years, that at the end thereof they might stand before the king.

 

6   Now among these were the children of Judah, Daniel, Hananiah, and Azariah:

 

7   Unto whom the prince of the eunuchs gave names: for he gave unto Daniel the name of Belteshazzar; and to Hananiah, of Shadrach; and to Mishael, of Meshach; and to Azariah, of Abed-nego.

 

8   But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.

 

9   Now God had brought Daniel into favour and tender love with the prince of the eunuchs.

 

10 And the prince of the eunuchs said unto Daniel, I fear my lord the king, who hath appointed your meat and your drink: for why should he see your faces worse liking than the children which are of your sort? then shall ye make me endangered my head to the king.

 

11 Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,

 

12   Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days;

and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.

 

13 Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king's meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants.

 

14 So he consented to them in this matter, and proved them ten days.

 

15 And at the end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh than all the children which did eat the portion of the king's meat.

 

16 Thus Melzar took away the portion of their meat, and the wine that they should drink; and gave them pulse.

 

17 As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.

 

18 Now at the end of the days that the king had said he should bring them in, then the prince of the eunuchs brought them in before Nebuchadnezzar.

 

19 And the king communed with them; and amoung them all was found none like Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah: therefore stood they before the king.

 

20 And in all matters of wisdom and understanding, that the king inquired of them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers that were in all his realm.

 

21 An Daniel continued even unto the first year of king Cyrus.

 

So what would be Daniel's challenge to us?  Eat pulse for 10 days and see if our countenances will be fairer and our health better.  According to the Bible, pulse consists of foods made of seeds and grains.  See The 26 compelling reasons to eat Pulse for the possible ingredients of pulse. 

 

Once, I tried to make my own pulse.  I'm sure it's not impossible for a fabulous cook to do, which I'm not, but it's really expensive to try to buy every ingredient and then the question is; How much do you put of each ingredient into the bowl and what needs to be cooked, for how long.  It didn't taste bad, it just tasted "weird" to me, and the grains weren't done right and sometimes were too crunchy.  In the end, I took it out to the garden and dumped it.  The birds ended up with the "fairer countenances" and wisdom... by eating the leftovers in the garden.

 

So I searched for a company that sold pulse and found one called Brain Garden.  Unfortunately, they went out of business a couple of years later.  Now what?  The search was on again.  I recently found Tyler Tolman's website, www.TylerTolman.com.  Check out his video on www.tylertolman.com/raw-food-snacks-cleanse-detox where Tyler talks about this "sacred food offering."

To reach your ideal weight, don't starve yourself. Snack on delicious Pulse as often as you wish throughout the day. It's okay if you eat 6 or more times a day while rotating different flavors as you get hungry. Drink lots of water (a half gallon a day is recommended) and try to get some mild exercise during the day. Remember, consistently feeding your body with healthy food will not lead to weight gain. In fact, healthy eating and moderate exercise will help the body to regulate your metabolism to achieve your ideal weight. Don't be surprised if you feel re-energized as your day on the Daniel's Challenge progresses. And, by the end of Daniel's 10 day challenge, your mind, body, and spirit will feel rejuvenated and ready to continue on a road to a healthy lifestyle. Go to www.jaredstory.com/lose_weight.html for some other great ideas on how to lose weight.

Pulse is a good, healthy, snack food to carry around in your purse so you are not tempted to eat junk food or go out to eat at the local greasy spoon.  I wish you well if you decide to take the challenge.

~Brenda High

 

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"Never, Never, Never Give up!"
 

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