Daniel fast guidelines

Daniel Fast Guidelines- Is the Daniel Fast Right For You

Last year my Pastor was invited to go on a mission trip, he asked us to please fast and pray for the mission trip. They gave out information on the Daniel Fast. This was the first time I had ever heard of it. I looked over the information and adapted my recipes and foods I could eat to it.

Here are my Daniel fast guidelines. But first I would like to explain more about what the Daniel Fast is.


Why Daniel Fast

There are many reasons people want to go on a Daniel Fast. For some it is to deepen their religious experience, it is a natural detox, and for others, they have made it a way of life to achieve health goals they have set.

When I speak of religious experience concerning The Daniel Fast I am referring to the biblical story of Daniel eating only fruits and vegetables and drinking only water. He did this because of the strict food guidelines the Hebrew people had.

They couldn’t eat the things the King of the time was offering them. Daniel was proving that if he honored God by choosing to eat what he was supposed to rather than conform to what was being offered that God would answer his prayer.

God did answer his prayer with good health and his three companions that were doing this with him as well.

People now do this usually when they need God to answer a prayer for them, just like Daniel they are honoring God giving up the food they would normally eat and eat the same foods as Daniel.

When I speak of the natural detox I am referring to how the body can process all the toxins out without the toxic overload of sugar, caffeine, preservatives, and additives.

The Daniel fast is very rich in fiber which cleanses the intestines and colon of toxins that could be hanging out in the body. Therefore, it helps support overall health. It is however not recommended that you go on a Daniel Fast without consulting your doctor first. You could have some problems if you have a usual diet of caffeine, and processed sugar.

These two, when withdrawn, can cause a person to have headaches, shakiness, stomach/digestive problems, and general aches and pains. You may want to slowly wean yourself off of sugar and caffeine before starting the fast.

Some people have decided to live a lifestyle where the Daniel Fast is the way they eat. This may be due to life goals they have set or they feel healthier eating this way.

Whatever the reason is you choose to adopt the Daniel Fast I wish you luck with it.


Daniel Fast Food List – Do’s and Don’ts

It always helps to know what is expected when looking to have changes in your diet. I put together a list of do’s and don’ts. As I said before I left out the whole wheat and barley because this is my list you may include them if you like.


  • All Fruits
  • All Vegetables
  • All Nuts and Seeds
  • All Legumes
  • Whole wheat, oatmeal, barley, and other whole  grains
  • Avocado oil, Sesame oil, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Grapeseed Oil
  • All Herbs
  • Salt
  • Honey
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Fruit juices
  • Vegetable Juice
  • Herbal tea


  • No meat
  • No Dairy
  • No Eggs
  • No processed food
  • No sugar
  • No coffee, tea, soda
  • No Yeast
  • No refined flour

21 day Daniel Fast Recipes

I thought I would give you Three recipes to start you off in the fast. You can fast every day. Just do one meal a day or do one day a week it is up to you and why and how you want to fast.

21 days is the normal length of time for the fast but some people fast for 52 weeks and some for a lifetime it all depends on you. So here are three recipes for the 21-Day Daniel Fast.

Mixed up Fruit Salad

This is a wonderful mixture of fruit and honey, it would make a great breakfast or brunch meal. It would also be a great dessert or snack. This especially good for when you are on Daniel Fast.

  • 2 Large Apples
  • 2 Large Pears
  • 8 Strawberries (sliced)
  • 2 Bananas (sliced)
  • 12 Green Grapes (Halved)
  • 2 Tbs Honey
  1. Add all ingredients together, and put them into the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.

Daniel’s Vegetable Soup

This wonderful hearty vegetable soup is just what you need when you are on a Daniel fast

  • 4 Large Carrots (peeled and chopped)
  • 4 Large Potatoes (peeled and chopped)
  • 2 Celery Ribs ( chopped)
  • 1 10 oz bag English Peas (frozen)
  • 1 10 oz bag Corn (frozen)
  • 1 14.5oz can Tomatoes (organic)
  • 1 Tbs Arrowroot powder
  • 1 Tbs Garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Tumeric
  • ½ tsp Salt (Himalayan pink salt is best)
  • ¼ tsp Black Pepper
  • 10 Cups Water (purified or distilled is best)
  1. Put all vegetables in a pot. Add water until the pot has enough space for boiling but is over the vegetables when vegetables are boiling.

  2. Mix arrowroot (I get mine here)and warm water together to make a slurry. Add slowly while stirring the vegetables.

  3. Mix all spices together and stir into vegetables. Turn heat down to allow vegetables to cook through when carrots are done and everything looks incorporated Soup is done.

Sunshine Smoothie

This is a perfect drink while on the Daniel Fast. With all the vitamins and minerals from fruit and vegetables

  • 1 Banana (frozen)
  • ½ Avocado
  • 1 cup Pineapple chunks (fresh, frozen, or canned with no sugar added and organic)
  • 4 cups Orange juice (fresh is best)
  1. Put the first three ingredients into a blender and blend till smooth, then add orange juice and blend until mixed well.

Read Your Labels

I often stress the importance of label reading and with Daniel fast it is no different. Label reading simply means reading every label of all products you buy, in this case particularly the food items whether frozen or canned or boxed. For more on label reading, you may want to read this post here

Sugar, corn syrup, and yeast may be hidden, especially in canned items and you wouldn’t even realize they are there.  Don’t trust the fact that it says organic on the label look at the ingredients themselves.

Now It’s Up To You

I hope that now you are more able to make a good decision about the Daniel Fast, talk to your doctor and make sure it is right for you. Armed with the list of do’s and don’ts you should have a pretty good idea of the foods you would want to eat during your fast. You just want to eat fruit, vegetables, nuts, and seed and drink water. I hope you enjoy the recipes and remember to always read your labels. Now the rest is up to you.

For wisdom is better than rubies, and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

Proverbs 8:11 KJV2000




  1. This is a great article. As I was reading through, I was trying to imagine what you were talking about. Not until I read to almost half of the article.Daniel fast guideline is actually very good. Even Daniel in the Bible, I can also take his act of not eating the kings food and feeding on just vegetables, was actually a fast. And I use to think that the reason why Daniel and his friends were looking healthier than the rest was kind of a spiritual thing. Now I know that the Daniel fast is more healthy than prepared food. I have also seen a man fast without food and water. I have also seen a man fasted for more than 21 days and when he got to the pulpit, he slumbed and died. So like you rightly said, it is important that you see a doctor before embarking on such spiritual exercise

  2. Thank you, Lynda, for creating this post. My pastor also recommended the Daniel fasting diet.
    For me, it was for both spiritual and detoxing reasoning. The story of Daniel is one of my favorite Bible stories. The fact that Daniel told the Kingsmen that he wouldn’t eat of the king’s meat, and allow him and his companions 10 days on fruit and vegetables, and water. After the time had expired, the Kingsmen came back and saw that Daniel and his friend were healthier than those who ate the king’s food. This shows that we are were meant to eat fruits and veggies. It was not until after the flood we started to eat meats.
    I wouldn’t mind haring more about Daniel’s diet and Bible stories with you, Lynda. God bless you.

    1. Thank you for your kind words!!

       I think it was more that God honored Daniel because Daniel honored God in everything he did. I think God allowed Daniel to remain healthy not just because of not eating the Kings food

      . You see the Kings food had been sacrificed to other gods and was prayed over by the prophets of other gods so Daniel purposed in his heart not to eat it to honor God.

       This fast is all about honor and Glory to God. I am sorry for going on so I get carried away. Just do the bible study about it and see what you think.!



  3. Great article on great diet! Actually the Daniel Fast or Daniel Diet is based upon the prophet Daniel’s dietary and spiritual experiences as recorded in the Book of Daniel in the Bible. It’s a partial fast that focuses very heavily on vegetables and other healthy whole foods, but leaves out any animal sources of protein. Many users of this biblically-based fasting method follow it for 21 consecutive days. Although I had never engage in this type of fasting before, but I had know of some who had test it before. But, this post I can see why people would do this type of fasting. But I want to ask some questions about it that How do I get enough protein in my diet while on the fast and what about roasted nuts?

    1. Hi and glad you stopped by!!  

      You can have legumes as mentioned in the article and all forms of nuts and seeds for protein. You can also have some whole grains as I said in the article I am allergic to gluten so I omitted that from my diet but I talked about that too as far a s oatmeal and other whole wheat and rye any thing that is not got yeast in it if it has yeast you aren’t suppose to have it.



  4. Thanks for sharing this article on Daniel fast. I must say that it is the first time of hearing and getting to know about Daniel fast. But I get the gist and idea of the Daniel fast which means eating of fruit and vegetables alone and water. It’s really cool to take lot of veggies as they are effectively benefiting to the body. Thanks for uploading the recipes for making Daniel Fast I also appreciate you getting close to God in fasting and prayer, it shows how close and devoted to God

    1. Thank you for the kind words!! Your welcome for the recipes. I am glad you can see the love of God. I would like to add the I only love Him because He loved me so much!!



  5. I am just coming across the Daniel fast for the very first time and this is so doable. I have just started intermittent fast but I need something extra to ensure the pounds are going off as soon as I want it to. Do you think adding the daniel’s fast to the intermittent fast would be good? I think this Daniel fast can easily become a lifestyle for me.

    1. Hi!! Thanks for stopping by!

      I would talk to your doctor before making any lifestyle change. I think it should go well with intermitted fasting as long as you eat well and plenty of fresh fruits and veggies and don’t forget the legumes. There are alot of vegan and vegetarians out the and I think it would be similar to the diet the are on.



  6. Hello Lynda, the Daniel fast absolutely makes sense although it is my first time of hearing about Daniel fast in such context. I remember the bible story vividly, Daniel, refused to eat what others were eating and was strictly on veggies diet, but his good skin and health surpassed those that were eating the king’s food.

    Thanks for the recipes, they are great, doing the Daniel fast will be a good way of abstaining from food that are rich in calories contents and embracing foods that are high in fiber.

    Thanks for making know that something like Daniel fast exists.

    1. Thanks for the kind words!! Yes, we don’t think of it as being a type of fast but it was for them. Your welcome for the recipes and hope you like them. They are really healthy and good for you especially if your detoxing.



  7. Hell Lynda, this is my first time of coming across Daniel fast food and guidelines. It’s very interesting to know what Daniel was eating during his fasting. Your article highlighted his do and don’t during the fast, and it has given me some reasons to engage in this fasting for my spiritual growth. For how long have you been doing this Daniel fast food? Thanks for the information and the review. Best regards 

    1. Hi Adam!! I just did it for one week last year and I am going to start tomorrow doing it for a week. I fast mostly with my church when they go on a mission trip. they have been going once a year and the whole church fasts and prays for them while they are gone. We are praying that souls will be saved and miracles will be done.I hope you do find this to grow spiritually.



  8. I have often heard of the Daniel Fast but was not sure what is was.  This sounds like a great way to detox.  I have often done a diet somewhat like this one when I feel I need to detox.  It has worked wonderfully for me and I would encourage others to try it also.  You don’t have to be religious in order to give up certain food groups.  However, I believe the restraint is applaudable.  I, myself am religious and agree with the concepts of the diet.  Thank you for the great information.  Your article is very well written.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. Yes, it is a great way to detox and feel better I love the fact that it can be as long or short as you want. I do believe in the spiritual side of it as well. I think overall it hasbenifits that may appeal to anyone.



  9. This is quite an eye opener as it is the first time I’m hearing about Daniel fast, this post has opened my knowledge to understand that it’s more like a spiritual thing when trying to seek the face of God which I feel is definitely going to yield a positive results for this fast actually creates a connection between God and men.

    1. Thanks for stopping by!! Yes, exactly the way I feel. I felt so connected. I try to stay in tune daily but there are times you just need a little more. I think that is where this comes in handy for those times you are seeking Him for something more than the normal everyday for a miracle that only He can give you whether that be external or internal. I hope that this has shined a light for you.



  10. I also partake in the Daniel fast in my local assembly. I didn’t quite know the name was Daniel fast. In our model of this fast, we eat only fruit and veggies between 5 pm to 7 pm. For the rest of the day, we take just water. We do it for seven days, and it’s more of a spiritual exercise than a diet plan to Lose Weight. I do love engaging in it though because, in the end, it helps me lose a little weight as well, and it gives me extra reasons to make my favorite smoothies.


    1. Hi, Lous thanks for stopping by! I also do it as a spiritual practice, as a matter of fact, I am staring one tomorrow for a week.S ome of the people in our church are going on a mission trip. I find it also helps me connect with God. Smoothies are a good reason as well I kind a like them!! 



  11. Nice article there on Daniel fast Guidelines.i find this article informative and educative on what Daniel fast is all about. To say the truth, this is my first time of hearing about anything call Daniel fast.i have participated in many fasting and prayer of different types in the past.both for my church and for personal life. But Daniel fast is what I have not tried before in which I will like to try it out myself to see how it goes with these recipes in this article 

    1. I am glad to introduce you to something new.

       I will start mine again tomorrow as members of our church are going on a mission trip again this year. I will do the Daniel fast for one week. That is the wonderful thing about this is you can do it for as long as you feel comfortable.

       I would encourage you to make sure your doctor knows you are going to do this coming off caffine and sugar is really hard and has side effects like headaches for one.I really don’t drink or use sugar and caffine anyway so I find it okay to go forward and I talked to my doctor and he approved me doing a Daniel Fast.

       I hope you enjoy the recipes!!



  12. Wow, I have never heard of the Daniel Fast, however, I can see why people would do this type of fasting. It’s been a while that I read the book of Daniel. I’m curious to know how your fast went such as your experience? Thank you so much for this well written and informative post.

    1. Thanks for your kind words! 

      I found that fasting in my spiritual life brought me closer to God. Not the whole denying oneself thing though it was more the knowledge that God would answer our prayer for the mission trip because we were honoring Him.

       By being a part of that it taught me that I can honor Him in my everyday life and He will answer my prayer. I am going to be starting one again tomorrow for a week as wel,l for the mission trip this year looking forward to getting even close rto God!!



  13. Hey Linda, nice article. Thanks for the info, it’s funny what you learn especially when it comes to certain foods and recipes. I love veggie stew so your recipe for that was right on point and your smoothie recipe is awesome. How long have you been doing the Daniel Fast? I can see the great benefits behind the Daniel Fast and it is definitely something people could benefit from. Good job!

    1. Thank you for your kind words!!

       Last year I did the Danial Fast for one week. It was to support my Pastor who was going on a mission trip. I will start back on the fast for another week now a year later because a lot of our church members are going on the mission trip again this year.

       For me, it is more a spiritual thing than a loose weight thing. But it is more healthy than just not eating at all which is what most people think a fast is. 



  14. Most “fast” type diets are intended to be for a limited time, to cleanse the body and develop new habits, but this doesn’t say how long people usually stay on this fast. It is quite healthy to eat lots of fruits and veggies, but there are some major nutrients our bodies miss out on if we’re not getting any meat or fish, dairy or eggs into our bodies. I hope anyone considering taking up this diet for any length of time will do plenty of research into getting enough B12, Calcium, Iron and other nutrients!

    1. Thank You for kind words. 

      Yes in the article I said that some do it for a week and some longer. The usual as cited in the article is 21 days some people choose to stay on it for 52 days. There are some that stay on it for longer. 

      I also said that wheat is a part of the diet but I am allergic to gluten so therefore I did not include that in the diet. The fruit and vegetables contain alot of calcium B12iron and other nutrients. The diet also has other healthy fats 



      1. I do agree that the Daniel fast is an excellent source and it’s health benefits great. However, as slowyarn suggests, we need to be careful of missing nutrients. Although some fruits and vegetables contain B12, it’s not sufficient as in meats. Especially as we get older. Therefore we need to take the B12 vitamin preferably in liquid to fill that need. Even meat eaters need extra B12 to sustain them. I agree with you to check with your doctor first before starting the Diet. I definitely will try it. I knew about while growing up but never tried it. Thanks for the reminder. Great post.

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