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 own 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.
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Why Daniel Fast
There are many reasons people want to go on a Daniel Fast. For some it is to deepen their religious experience, for some, it is a natural detox, and for others, they have made it a way of life in order to achieve health goals they have set.
When I speak of religious experience in relation to 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These two, when withdrawn, can cause a person to have headaches, shakiness, stomach/digestive problems, and general aches and pains.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
- 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 really all depends on you. So here are three recipes for the 21-Day Daniel Fast.
Mixed up Fruit Salad
- 2 Large Apples
- 2 Large Pears
- 8 Strawberries (sliced)
- 2 Bananas (sliced)
- 12 Green Grapes (Halved)
- 2 Tbs Honey
- Add all ingredients together, and put into the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Daniel's Vegetable Soup
- 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)
- 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.
- Mix arrowroot and warm water together to make a slurry. Add slowly while stirring the vegetables.
- 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.
- 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)
- Put first three ingredients into a blender and blend till smooth, then add orange juice and blend untill mixed well.
Read Your Labels
I often stress the importance of label reading and with the 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
My hope is 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 basically 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