What is a 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 chapter 1, the results were: (v. 17) learning, skill, wisdom and spiritual understanding, (v.19) favor and better appearance. In Daniel chapter 10, the fast resulted in: (vv. 11-12) answered prayer and spiritual insight. 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.
Three key components to a Daniel Fast:
- Only fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes & whole grains.
- Only water or natural fruit juice for a beverage.
- No sweeteners, breads, meat, eggs or dairy products.
Foods to include during a Daniel Fast
All fruits. Not an exhaustive list. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Fruits include, apples, bananas, blackberries, cherries, grapes, grapefruit, lemons, mangoes, peaches, etc.
All vegetables. Not an exhaustive list. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Vegetables include, asparagus, broccoli, brussel sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, corn, cucumber, kale, onions, potatoes, spinach, sweet potatoes, zucchini, etc.
All whole grains. Not an exhaustive list. Includes, whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes, and popcorn.
All nuts and seeds. Not an exhaustive list. Includes, sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, and sesame. Also, nut butters including peanut butter.
All legumes.Not an exhaustive list. These can be canned or dried. Legumes include, dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, and white beans.
All quality oils. Not an exhaustive list. Includes, 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.
Foods to avoid during a Daniel Fast
All meat and animal products. Not an exhaustive list. Includes, beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish.
All dairy products. Not an exhaustive list. Includes, milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.
All sweeteners. Not an exhaustive list. Includes, 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. Not an exhaustive list. Includes, artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.
All deep fried foods. Not an exhaustive list. Includes, potato chips, french fries, and corn chips.
All solid fats, including shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.
Beverages: Coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.