The “Daniel Fast”

What is the Daniel Fast?

The Daniel Fast is based on the prophet Daniel’s fasting experiences as recorded in the Bible. The fast is a biblically based partial fast. According to Daniel 1, the results were: (v. 17) learning, skill, wisdom, spiritual understanding, favor, and better appearance! (v. 19) In Daniel 10, the fast resulted in answered prayer and spiritual insight. (vv. 11-12) One of the great things about the Daniel Fast is that you are not limited to any specific amount of food, but rather to the kinds of food you can eat.

DANIEL FAST FOOD GUIDE

ALL FRUITS – These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Fruits include but are not limited to apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon

ALL VEGETABLES – These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Vegetables include but are not limited to artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, zucchini, veggie burgers are an option if you are not allergic to soy.

ALL WHOLE GRAINS – including whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn.

ALL NUTS AND SEEDS – All nuts and seeds, including but not limited to sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame. Also nut butters including peanut butter.

ALL LEGUMES – These can be canned or dried. Legumes include but are not limited to dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans.

ALL QUALITY OILS – olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, and sesame.

BEVERAGES – spring water, distilled water or other pure waters. OTHER: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.

AVOID THE FOLLOWING

ALL MEAT AND ANIMAL PRODUCTS – including beef, lamb, pork, poultry, fish.

ALL DAIRY PRODUCTS – including but not limited to milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.

ALL SWEETENERS – including but not limited to sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, date honey, agave, stevia and cane juice.

ALL LEAVENED BREAD – including Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods.

ALL REFINED AND PROCESSED FOOD – products including artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.

ALL DEEP FRIED FOODS – including but not limited to potato chips, French fries, corn chips.

ALL SOLID FATS – including shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.

BEVERAGES – including coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.

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