I’ve got to hand it to Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, CA. Not only has he managed to take off 35 pounds in the past 18 months (he still has a little way to go before you could call him “fit”), but he has found a way to inspire his entire (and very large) congregation to follow along. Together they have shed a collective 260,000 lbs. And they have accomplished this without resorting to gastric bypass surgery or medically based weight-loss programs. The Daniel Plan, as he calls it, is essentially an adjustment in lifestyle choices that put folks back into alignment with natural principles that govern all life on Earth. In my self-help novel, The Way Back, I promote the very same and simple message. The way back to vibrant health need not be complicated, does not involve any specialized skills or training and doesn’t need to cost a fortune. One needs nothing more than a sincere desire to improve their health and a willingness to change.