Everything You Need to Know About the Daniel Fast

In the beginning of each year thousands of believers in God (Jesus) are going on a Daniel Fast. While some fully understand what it is and how to do it, others are new to the idea of fasting and need more help than others.  In the next few paragraphs I will talk about the What, Why and the How of the Daniel Fast.

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What is Fasting?

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Fasting ALWAYS involves FOOD! You might have heard some say: “I am fasting my friends,” or “I am fasting television,” etc. However these people misunderstand what fasting is and isn’t. The Hebrew word for fast means “to cover the mouth.” The Greek word for fast means “to abstain from food.” While we do need to get away from every day destructions of our lives and spend time alone with God, away from people, fasting is always about restricting food! Everything else is self-discipline and dying to our flesh. So, to truly benefit from the fast one would have to restrict/change their normal food intake.

Fasting is a spiritual discipline. It is done not so we can change God’s mind, but rather to get quiet before Him, so we can hear what He is speaking. When we satisfy our flesh with everything that it demands we tend to drown out God’s voice because we become very preoccupied with self-gratification. During fasting we take charge of our flesh, making it a servant to our spirit, and thus we are able to get in tune with what the Holy Spirit is speaking to us.

A couple of programs I offer, Vegalicious Boot Camp and Personal Coaching, designed to help people transition into a plant-based diet successfully.  When I work with those who believe in Christ, most report the same thing—they begin to hear from the Lord more clearly, and they are more disciplined in their Christian walk.

Fasting is NEVER to be done to show off what one might perceive as spirituality. Jesus was very clear on the subject.

“Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward. But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” (Matthew 6:16-18)

So, when you fast, don’t toot your own horn, don’t brag about what you are doing and how you are “sacrificing” something for God—let the Lord be your Rewarder, not men! However, if you are taking part in a congregational fast, feel free to invite others to join, with humility. You might find that having outside support will help you be more diligent about your efforts as well.

What is the Daniel Fast?

The Daniel Fast is a Biblically based partial fast* based on two instances of Daniel’s fasting experiences.

“Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink.” (Daniel 1:12)

“In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.” (Daniel 10:1-2)

Based on the information that we glean from these references we understand that the Daniel Fast eating plan is vegan in nature, with additional restrictions. In the first Scripture we see that Daniel ate only:

  • Only Fruits and Vegetables
  • And drank ONLY water

Which would also mean that he ate no processed, artificial, or chemically altered foods. From the second Scripture we learn that Daniel’s diet did not allow:

  • Animal products
  • Pleasant/precious food, which would include all sweeteners, including honey, agave syrup, maples syrup, etc.
  • Alcohol

It has become a tradition that during the Daniel Fast people abstain from

  • Any kind of leavened bread (anything made with yeast, baking powder, baking soda, etc.)

However, digging into the Scriptures, you could not find a reference indicating that it should be the case. If we did the 21 fast, which is referred to in Daniel 10, then what Daniel said was as follows:

“I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.” (v 3).

I know that some translations say: “I ate no pleasant bread,” while others say: “I ate no desirable bread” and yet others say: “I didn’t eat any good-tasting food.”

I know some refer to Daniel 1 for food guidelines: fruit, veggies only. However, the chapter never says how long Daniel and his friends ate that way, neither does the Bible call it a fast.

So, being that I really wanted to dig into it, and one of my Jewish readers brought that to my attention, I reached to someone who might know something on the topic. One of my friends spent many years of her life in Israel, knowing bit information than we do about fasting practices. She concurred–there is no reference to not having leavened bread during the fast, and unleavened bread was normally consumed during the Passover feast.  As such, the lesson here is, if you find leavened bread to be “pleasant food”, or something you think you cannot live without, then you can avoid leavened bread during the fast; if not, you can use bread recipe found at the end of this ebook to make some at home, for your family, to ensure you avoid any additives and chemicals.

*while full fasts exclude all foods, and at times even water, partial fasts permit a restricted food intake.

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Why the Daniel Fast?

Fasting is not a diet! Fasting is not done for weight loss! Fasting is ALWAYS done for spiritual purposes. Fasting should be done with a PURPOSE! Before you begin the fast you should decide on the purpose of your fast. Without a purpose, you will be simply dieting. Take the time to prayerfully consider the reason of your fast.

What is your greatest need at this time? Can your marriage grow stronger? Are you facing financial difficulties? Do you want to learn to trust God and develop a deeper relationship with Him?

Take the time in prayer to decide on the purpose of your fast.

When you are fasting, set time aside for prayer, worship, meditation and Bible study. Keep a journal of your revelations, of what God is speaking to you. Invite the Holy Spirit to guide you and to reveal areas in your life that need purification.

What Happens During the Fast?

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Daniel Fast is undertaken by people of all ages for many various reasons. However, whatever your need/reason is you can be certain that your entire being will benefit from it: Spirit, Soul and Body.

We are a triune being. When we fast we learn to allow God-intended order into our life: human is a spirit that possesses a soul and lives in a body.

Body

Our bodies are most definitely going to be effected as we change our diet for 21 days. For some the change is going to be very dramatic. You might experience detoxing from food addictions, such as: caffeine, processed or unnatural foods, chemicals and sugar.

The symptoms that accompany detox process might be light or more pronounced: headaches, leg cramps, fatigue, nausea and even light depression. As the body will detox, the symptoms will alleviate and you will experience more energy, better sleep, clearer and sharper mind, and many other benefits. So, take the time to ride it out.  If you need support, ask others for prayer, and, if you are on Facebook, join the Daniel Fast group I created for this very purpose.

Most people will lose weight during the fast. Many experience healings from various maladies, such as: diabetes, allergies, arthritis, high cholesterol and even cancer. 

Soul

The soul is the central place of our emotions, intellect and will. It is the place where we make decisions, experience anger, fear, love, frustration and cravings.  The soul is frequently referred to as “the flesh” in the Bible.

During the fast your soul may rebel against the change in your diet. You will get an opportunity to experience and win this battle over the flesh, which might prove to be one of the most powerful lessons of the fast.

Spirit

Our spirit is the part of us that has been born again when we gave our lives over to Christ. It should be the part that surrenders to God. When we are fully surrendered we can truly abide with the Father and the Son. Our spirit is filled with the Holy Spirit if we yield to Him.

The purpose of the fast is to place our spirit in control of the other two parts of us: soul and body. When our flesh is acting out with a craving, we take control of it with our spirit (just imagine as parents would take control of a rebellious child).

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Preparing for the Daniel Fast

In addition to spending time in prayer to decide on the focus of your fast you should take the time to prepare your body as well.  Start easing off things that you feel you cannot live without: ease off caffeine, sugar, animal (if you eat an omnivorous diet) and processed foods. Try to do it before the first day of the fast, otherwise you might experience mild-to-strong detox symptoms: headaches, cramping, nausea, etc.

I would also strongly suggest for you not to go on an eating binge of all your favorite food the night before your fast begins! I call it the Last Supper when I train people. First, it really shows that your flesh is stronger than your spirit, secondly, it will be harder for you to start the fast because processed, animal and fatty foods will create a craving that will be hard to deal with for days to come.

To prepare for the fast, start drinking more water to flush out toxins faster and make the transition easier.

A Word About Water

If you don’t drink enough water, your body is probably used to storing water. Water retention=extra unwanted weight. Before and during the fast you need to learn to consume enough water to stay hydrated. How much water exactly? While there is no specific formula, the suggestion is:

HALF OF YOUR BODY WEIGHT IN OUNCES

 So, if you weigh 180 lbs., you should drink 90 oz. of filtered water a day.

By increasing fluid consumption you will help your body to flush out toxins and train it not to store extra water. You can drink warm/hot water throughout the day with a wedge of lemon to help reduce fluid retention. However, make sure that you the water you drink is without chemicals as much as possible.

The longer you consume Daniel Fast diet, the more you will find that eventually you not be as thirsty anymore, since most of your foods will keep their natural juices: fruits, vegetables, blended smoothies, etc.  You will learn to follow your body’s thirst and hunger signals, as it gets more adapted to a cleaner diet.

During the Fast

Physically, especially in the beginning of the fast, you might experience hunger pains. Before going for a snack or a meal drink some water—most people misunderstand signs of dehydration for hunger. If you drink some water the “hunger” pains might go away. If hunger does not go away, make sure to snack, not to experience sugar spikes.

The purpose of the fast is not to simply change the foods you eat but also to restrict how much you eat, so learn to spend the time you would normally spend eating in prayer and meditation. However it is also advisable that you eat smaller meals throughout the day instead of three huge “square” meals and overwhelm your body. By “snacking” throughout the day, you will be able to aid your body in processing the foods you eat faster and easier, while maintaining the level of clarity needed to perform daily tasks.

Spiritually, you will experience a more successful fast when you spend time each day in prayer and communion with God. Establish a time during the day for quite time and meditation on the Word of God. Study His Word and seek His face. You might have to set aside some time at home, or, if you have a long commute to and from work, take it to talk to the Savior, worship and listen to an audio Bible.

Emotionally you might be tempted during the fast to break a few “rules” and eat/drink something your body craves. For example, you might decide not to drink water only but include herbal teas. However, think that Daniel refused to eat any pleasant food/drinks, and for the most part the herbal teas that we consume are to add a pleasant taste. There are exceptions when you might be drinking certain herbs for therapeutic reasons, such as parsley, chamomile or clover teas.

If the temptation comes, I hope you can learn a lesson by examining yourself. Ask yourself why you would want the thing you desire. If you respond in the manner that will indicate that it is because YOU WANT it, it will be a good time to exercise control over your flesh and show it who is truly in control. However, I would highly recommend not to get too legalistic with some of the guidelines—after all, it is the condition of your spirit (your heart) that matters most to God. So, if drinking an herbal tea is not a big deal (an addiction) for you, and you decide to do it, do so, with peace in your heart.

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Daniel Fast Approved Foods

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I found a great list of foods on-line that is Daniel Fast friendly. You can print it out and take it with you when you go grocery shopping.

All fruits. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. However, you will fill much better physically if you consume fresh fruit. If you decide on canned fruit, make sure that no sweeteners of preservatives were used in the process. I also would suggest avoiding juiced fruit (if you juice at home), as the released sugars will spike your blood sugar levels too fast. By keeping the fiber you will still enjoy the fruit, while also keeping your body happy.

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. Same rule would apply to canned vegetables as to that of fruit.

Vegetables include but are not limited to:

all kinds of greens, 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.

All whole grains, including but not limited to:

whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn.

All nuts and seeds, including but not limited to:

sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame. Also, additive free nut butters including peanut butter, although I highly recommend avoiding peanut butter, unless it is freshly made, as it might be highly processed and roasted oils (as found in roasted nuts) are harmful to our health.

All legumes. These can be canned or dried. If canned, make sure not preservatives or sugars were used.

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.

 Beverages: spring water, distilled water or other pure waters.

Other: soy sauce, vinegar, seasonings, salt (sea or Himalayan salt preferred, see below for a detailed explanation), herbs and spices.

Salt

Table Salt is highly processed, and most of the times not vegan in nature, which means it has some sort of animal residue in it, due to processing. Oftentimes, to bleach salt it is processed through crushed animals bones. Not only that, but since it is highly processed it has NO nutritional value and is sure to raise your blood pressure.

As humans we need very little salt in our diet and we regularly consume way too much of it.  This fast will be an opportunity for you to retrain your body to eat healthier… and to feel better!  If you do decide to use salt, buy the kinds still have minerals in it, such as Sea or Himalayan salt.

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 Foods to Avoid on the Daniel Fast

All meat and animal products including but not limited to:

beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and 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, and cane juice.

All sweet baked goods.

All refined and processed food products including but not:

limited to 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 but not limited to:

coffee, tea, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.

Read Labels

I would strongly suggest not using any packaged (boxed), canned or bottled foods during the fast. However, if you do, please remember to READ THE LABELS! Foods should be sugar and chemical free. Using boxed whole wheat pasta products, as long as they contain basic ingredients, should be just fine.

Medication & Supplements during the Fast

You should seek the advice of your health care practitioner about medications you might be taking. If you depend on them for any serious reason DO NOT discontinue them without first advising your doctor. Supplements are food for the most part and can be safely taken during Daniel Fast.

Special Note: if you have health issues, please be sure to contact your health professional for advice before committing to any fast. You can print out the list of foods you will be using on the Daniel Fast and take it with you.

Daniel Fast is very sound and safe and most practitioners will be more than happy to approve it. However, if in doubt, check it out!

For Pregnant and Nursing Mothers

If you are an expectant mother OR if you are nursing you would need to ease into Daniel Fast. If your diet is far from vegan, you might want to limit yourself by excluding only certain food groups from your diet and taking a few days to transition into the Daniel Fast. If you are currently eating a lot of animal products and try to stop abruptly your body might detox too quickly, which might be harmful to your baby. If you are eating a clean, plant based diet, then excluding a few more items should not pose a problem.  However, in either case, I do have to advise for you to contact your physician.

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 Nutrition during the Daniel Fast

A lot of people are scared into thinking that they somehow will not get sufficient nutrition during the Daniel Fast.  I would urge you not to worry.  You will have more than enough of everything your body needs.

If you are worried about where you will get your protein and have other topics of concern when it comes to nutrition, make sure to read the articles on Protein (Article 1, Article 2).

If you are worried about healthy Fat sources, read the article on Fat, and your worries will be put to rest.

To keep most nutrition in your foods, try eating your fruits and vegetables raw (uncooked), and try to stay away from microwaving your foods altogether, as it will destroy all important nutrients.  To find out more about microwaving disadvantages, check out the article about Microwaving.

Meals

Since most of the foods sold in grocery stores nowadays are heavily processed and are full of chemicals you will find it necessary to make your own meals.  Meal preparation can be very simple, or more complex, depending on how much time you desire to spend in the kitchen. It can be as simple as slicing up some veggies and fruits and snacking on them throughout the day, or more involved if you want to create a very special dinner for yourself and your loved ones.

There are certain steps you can take, however, to help yourself streamline food preparation.

Meal Planning

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You will find it easy to succeed if you plan your meals a few days ahead of time. You can plan them for the entire week. Once you make sure you have all the ingredients you won’t be as tempted to grab foods that you used to consume before the fast to satisfy your hunger.

In addition to preparing your meal plan for the week and buying groceries for it, I would strongly suggest that you clean out your cupboards from all of the foods that are not Daniel Fast acceptable–out of sight, hopefully, out of mind. It is much easier to overcome a temptation to have Ben & Jerry’s ice cream when you cannot easily find it in your house. Instead, when you open your fridge you might see an apple or a banana and go for it.

Set a Cooking Day

Another way to save time and avoid temptations is to prepare your meals ahead of time. Use a day when you are not working to wash, chop, cook and refrigerate/freeze your meals for the whole week, or several meals in advance. For example you can make a large pot of soup and refrigerate/freeze portions of it to be eaten throughout the week. It makes it easy to pull it out and warm it up later. You can also prepare all of your salad ingredients, place them into bags or glass containers and refrigerate, so when you want a salad all you would have to do is pull out your containers and quickly assemble a scrumptious salad.

White Flour

Over 90% of white flour sold on the market is heavily processed to achieve its look and taste. Through the process grain is stripped of all its nutritious value, and, when consumed, acts much like white sugar in your body.  To learn why it is bad for you, read article on Sugar. You should avoid WHITE FLOUR, white rice and other processed grains while on Daniel Fast.

On a rare occasion you might find Hard White flour that undergoes Unifine process when ground. During the process the grain enters a high speed rotor and is instantly shattered into fine flour – even the bran and germ are burst! Air goes through the rotor with the grain and blows the flour out, thus keeping it cool throughout the process, retaining many nutrients. With the Unifine Process the natural oils in the grain are kept intact and do not get hot like in regular grain milling and stone-ground milling. This kind of flour is safe to use.  If you grind your own flour (such as in a high speed blender, like Vitamix) and use white wheat, you are safe as well.

A True Fast

In all things, I would like to remind you that being legalistic about these guidelines is not the best decision.  After all, a true fast happens in the heart of the person fasting—it is much more important than the foods s/he eats. If you end up being stranded somewhere and cannot fulfill the fast guidelines you choose, you will have to eat what you can. Maintaining a heart of worship and humility is going to be what matters in the end. That is the fast that the Lord chooses.

Read Isaiah 58:6-9 (and the whole chapter) (NIV):

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke?

Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?

Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.

Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.”

Recipes

This blog is filled with Daniel Fast approved recipes–pick and choose what you need.  You can also get The Daniel Fast Meal Planner.

Add to Cart

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The ebook has 21 days of menu planners, recipes, and helpful tips and tricks. There are 96 recipes:

  • 12 Green Smoothies
  • 7 Fruit Smoothies
  • 10 Dips and Dressings
  • 17 Salads
  • 10 Soups
  • 17 Main Dishes
  • 4 Desserts
  • 5 Snacks, including cereal recipe!
  • 3 crackers/bread recipes
  • 11 bonus recipes for the members of your household who are not doing the Daniel Fast, but could benefit from all plant based eating. Recipes range from soups, salads, main dishes and desserts.

Daniel Fast Support

Whether you buy my ebook or not, I would like to encourage you to join an online (Facebook) group I created, where you can find support from others, and provide your support, and maybe even share recipes, as well. You can request to be accepted by clicking on the link: Daniel Fast Done Joyfully

I hope to see you there, and I wish God’s blessings for you.  May He answer your prayers and may you successfully subdue your flesh into a full submission to your spirit.

Blessings

As you start on your fast I pray God’s blessings for you.  May He answer your prayers and may you successfully subdue your flesh into a full submission to your spirit. Remember that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) If He could do a miracle in our lives, He is sure capable to do it for you too, because “…with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

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  • Stacy ann

    Can I use olive oil?

  • Mary

    I just want to say that Jesus said i am the son of God and also the father is greater then i and i am going to my father and to my God and your father and your God.John17:3 show there are two that you have to know to get life,so dig a little deeper,sister.maryhudson12@gmail.com ,this sound good,will give it a try.

  • Sarah

    I visited and posted on this site 9 months ago while researching Vitamin B12 and have once again come across it while trying to understand these so called Bible diets. Reading the responses here, I though I might share my experience and the reason for looking it up, as I do believe God created us in his image and did not intend for us to be sick. The bible is a guide to our well-being, and from my experience I feel there could be some element of truth behind these diets. Its websites like these that help us in our journey of understanding and healing, and I thank Elana for sharing it with us.

    I suffered much for a period of 6 years, acute stress, inflammation symptoms, regular and severe headaches which lasted for 3 days. I visited doctors, did various tests, without much success. My faith in Jesus Christ and prayers was the only saving grace, and gradually I began seeing a pattern that certain foods would trigger my headaches. I began recording them and got to the bottom of the triggers: refined flour products such as cakes and cookies, products containing starch like bread, potatoes, processed milk products, shell fish and processed/tinned foods.

    I am still learning how these foods deplete our vitamin and mineral levels, and as a result are the cause for all our illness. Eliminating these foods from my diet have helped me tremendously, and then I was led to understanding its association to the bible.

    “Exodus 12:15,17-20 For seven days you are to eat bread made without yeast. Celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread, because it was on this very day that I brought your divisions out of Egypt. Celebrate this day as a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. In the first month you are to eat bread made without yeast, from the evening of the fourteenth day until the evening of the twenty-first day. For seven days no yeast is to be found in your houses. And anyone, whether foreigner or native-born, who eats anything with yeast in it must be cut off from the community of Israel. Eat nothing made with yeast. Wherever you live, you must eat unleavened bread.”

    Leviticus 11-9-10: “These you may eat, of all that are in the waters. Everything in the waters that has fins and scales, whether in the seas or in the rivers, you may eat. But anything in the seas or the rivers that does not have fins and scales”

    “Isaiah 1:19 If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land” (processed, tinned food did not exist at the time God created us)

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  • sam

    Hi, my name is Ps Sam

    I honestly feel sorry for the many christians who have been misguided by articles like this one, about the so called Daniels fast. How can you define fasting so well, then go on to teah dieting?
    What is your understanding of the word “mourning” in Dan. 10:2? Didnt Hebrews also call fasting to mourn? Did Daniel say anywhere in the scripture you quoted, the type of food he ate? What is it that informed your conclusion that Daniel must have eaten other foods? By the way, the context between Daniel 1,and Daiel 10, are not the same. Can you please read Deut. 9:9, & 18. Moses says, “… I neither ate bread nor drank water”. What food would you say Moses ate? What drink would say he drank? Fasting and dieting are two different things all together. Fasting is to abstain from eating, solid or lequid food,period. Dieting is choosing between foods, eating some and abstaining from some.
    Please, please, please, teach and post what you know and understand better.

    • Jeri Ann

      Elena, I disagree with Sam. I believe your article is right on with the Daniel Fast. Sam’s confusing the definition of the way you use the word “diet” throughout your article when you speak to “Daniel diet.” While we (many Christians) understand you are speaking of diet as “food and drink regularly provided or consumed,” he obviously is understanding the word to mean “to eat food or to eat only particular kinds of food in order to lose weight: to be on a diet.” Please feel free to carry on; we know what you mean(t), and believe that God is Glorified for the love you shared throughout this article. Abundant Blessings, Jeri Ann

      • Alfredo

        Jeri Ann,

        As I mentioned above, I am not here to pick an argument or fight with anyone; I would be in disagreement with you however. It has been said, “Call a spade a spade” (call something by its right name). The words “fast” and “diet” are not interchangeable terms in the bible (meaning they do not mean the same thing; according to the dictionaries of this world, they can be interchangeable, but not according to the bible). I can understand Sam’s confusion (or the possibility of being confused) by going back and forth between “diet” and “fast”. Elena is correct; she says literally “fasting is always about restricting food!” If a new believer comes here to this site, he/she may be confused between all the going back and forth from “fast” and “diet”.

        The truth is many Christians need to come to this site to understand that the “Daniel’s fast” is better understood as a “Daniel’s diet” according to biblical terminology.

    • Alfredo

      The reason I am responding to you (“Ps Sam”) is because it appears that you have a hunger and thirst for truth.

      Unfortunately, many dictionaries define “fasting” as abstaining from food or certain food groups; this is not the biblical definition of fasting. Nearly every time you see someone fasting in the bible, the word “fasting” comes out there or is implied. It means that they either abstained completely from eating food, or food and water. Elena made a very excellent definition of what a “fast is” in that sense: you literally abstain completely from eating food for a space of time. The “Daniel’s Fast” as portrayed by the vast majority (if not, at least many) of Christians is nothing more than a diet. Many people perceive it as a fast but in reality, he just changed his diet.

      You don’t have to change your diet because you are concerned about losing/putting on pounds; you can also change your diet because you want optimum health (as Elena described by eating food that is destitute of foods laced with pesticides, herbicides, and the whole 9 yards).

      An example: let’s say you abstain from eating all animal meats and by products. Are you fasting or dieting? You would not be fasting because although you are not eating animal foods, you are not abstaining completely from eating at all times (if you did, you would starve to death). This is an example of dieting; you would just be changing what you are eating.

      Can changing what you eat (dieting) bring your body physical blessing? Yes. If you eat a diet high in processed foods (which is the norm for most of us here in the USA) and the change to a diet that is free of processed foods and rich in organic vegetables, fruits, nuts, and meats, you would feel significantly better. Likewise, if your breakfast, lunch, and dinner consists nothing more than pork products and you changed your diet to be free of pork and substituted the pork with a well balanced diet, your health would be in a much better shape (seeing that pigs will eat anything – like poop or their own babies; they are the garbage cans of the animal kingdom. The truth about pork is this: it is a good source of developing disease).

      The arguments posed by many to justify Daniel fasted in Daniel chapters 1 and 10 are these: Daniel and his 3 Hebrew friends were blessed as a result of the “fast” in Daniel 1, and Daniel received an answer to prayer as a result of “fasting” in Daniel 10. However, if you look at the context of the scriptures, you will find out why he was blessed and why he received an answer to prayer.

      First, one must understand that in Daniel 1, the meat put before Daniel and his buddies was probably offered unto idols and may have been unclean according to the law of Moses in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 (perhaps pork, camel, rabbit, alligator, or other such “unclean” animals were on the menu at Nebuchadnezzar’s palace). How can one come to such conclusions? Daniel said he had purposed in his heart to “not defile himself” (Daniel 1:8) with the food offered by Nebuchadnezzar. If you were to speak to any Jew in any era who had knowledge of the law of Moses regarding “defilement”, you would most likely encounter someone who would say the only way they could defile themselves by what they ate is if they ate something outside the laws of God. If you read how God works with people, he says in 1 Samuel 2:30 that he honors those who honor him. “Babylon” literally means “confusion (by mixing)” – Strong’s Greek Lexicon #0894 (it is actually “bawbel” in Hebrew); there were several pagan deities that they believed in and worshiped (Chapter 3 says that King Nebuchadnezzar actually invented an idol and put a death sentence on anyone who refused to worship and bow down unto the image that he had made – another example of what happens when you honor God’s law instead of man’s law in the case of the 3 Hebrew men). Because Daniel and his friends honored God’s dietary laws, God honored them with a better physical appearance and with wisdom that was 10 times better than the rest of the soothsayers, magicians, and such people that were in Nebuchadnezzar’s realm. The scripture literally says that they did not abstain from eating completely, they just changed their diet (Daniel 1:12-16).

      Secondly, one must understand that Daniel’s 21 day “fast” was not a “fast”; according to the NASB, it says: “In those days, I, Daniel, had been mourning for three entire weeks. I did not eat any tasty food, nor did meat or wine enter my mouth, nor did I use any ointment at all until the entire three weeks were completed” (Daniel 10:2-3). If Daniel wanted to say he was fasting, he would have said so just as he did in Daniel 9:3. He was being specific: he abstained from several foods, and the most important part of this passage of scripture is this: he mourned. His mourning that he made was more powerful than the abstaining of certain foods before the eyes of God because by mourning he humbled himself before God. Do I speak this of myself? What does the bible say?

      “But He gives a greater grace. Therefore it says, “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.” (James 4:6-10 – NASB)

      This is what exactly what Daniel did; he mourned before the eyes of God. It is possible that God also took into account that he abstained from eating “pleasant” foods, but it wasn’t because he had a long, prolonged 21 day diet change. The scripture says that an angel (by presumption) told Daniel what it was that got God’s attention:

      “Then he said to me, “Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words.” (Daniel 10:12, NASB)

      So we can see through the clarity that is in the scripture that from day 1 God’s eyes were on Daniel and his ears were open unto his prayers (Psalm 34:15). The “humbling” here in this scripture is congruent to what James taught in his epistle.

      It is unfortunate, but tons and tons of Christians believe that these two places of scripture (Daniel 1 and 10) are fasts when in reality they are just diets. This practice that Daniel practiced in chapter 1 and 10 is commonly referred to as a “fast”, but it is contrary to all other places in scripture where the word “fast” is mentioned and is described. The fast that Christ desires us to do is explained clearly in Matthew 6:16-18 (by commandment). Isaiah 58:1-12 is also a passage that describes things that God abhors and detests about the way people fast and the way he wants them to do it – even in today’s world (seeing that according to Malachi 3:6 and Hebrew 13:8, God does not change).

      Here are some examples of people who have fasted in the bible:

      Examples: 1) when David fasted for his son that God said would die, hoping that God would repent of this decision (2 Samuel 2:15-20); 2) When Daniel literally “fasted”, seeking God and confessing his sins and the sins of his people (Daniel 9:1 and beyond; verse 3 mentions “fasting”) this is the only time Daniel “fasted” according to the bible; 3) the 40 day fast Moses endured without water or food as mentioned in Deuteronomy 9:9 (first time) and 9:18 (second time); 4) the 3 day “Esther fast” in Esther 4:15-17 which was also without food and water; 5) Elijah fasted for 40 days; this is an example of someone who indirectly fasted according to the text “and he went on the strength of that meat for 40 days and 40 nights” – 1 Kings 19:4-8; 6) Christ fasted for 40 days and 40 nights (Matthew 4:2)

      Dispelling some common misconceptions:
      *many people believe Joshua also fasted 40 days like Moses; there is no confirmation in the scripture that says he did. it is an opinion that cannot be backed directly by scriptures (e.g. “and Joshua went the space of …..without and water”)

      *many people believe Christ fasted 40 days and 40 nights without food and water – the scripture does not confirm that he fasted also without water. It is an opinion, but not something that can be supported directly by the scriptures (e.g. “and he fasted 40 days and 40 nights without food and water”); the scripture says that afterwards, he was “hungry”, not “thirsty”.

      To conclude, ask yourself these questions:

      Did Daniel fast? The answer is yes (Daniel 9:3).

      Is what Christians commonly refer to as the “Daniel Fast” as described in Daniel chapter 1 and 10 a fast? No. (compare Daniel 9:3 with chapters 1 and 10 of the book of Daniel)

      I’m not here to pick a fight or an argument with anyone: if you have ears to hear, listen; if you can receive these things, receive them.

      Best regards and God bless you all.

      • Blessedlady1980

        Awesome break down of the word! We must study scripture in order to know what it truly means. God bless you!

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  • Zann

    As a follower of Christ, my question about the Daniel Fast is who came up with the “approved” foods list? I can’t find it anywhere in the scriptures that list all of the “do’s and don’t’s.” I don’t mean to sound disrespectful, but where in the scriptures does it say you can’t have agave syrup or honey, eggs, etc. All I can find are the words, “meat,” “wine,”, “vegetables and fruit” and “water.” I feel as though when we add to the scriptures by making these lists, we are like people who make movies and add in what they think Jesus may or may not have said to sell a movie. If you have any information out there that would show me this, I’d like to see it in the scriptures. I do believe in fasting, but to say what a person should and shouldn’t ingest, should come from God and not man. In addition, why do we model Daniel and not Jesus, who fasted for 40 days with no food or drink? Are we becoming like those Jesus spoke of in Matthew 23?

    • Tracey Harrell

      Look…I think many Christians are confused about the Daniel Fast. First, there is nothing in Scripture that says Christians must commit to the Daniel Fast…so, it is a matter of Christian freedom to choose or not to choose to participate. Second, the concept of the Daniel Fast is a spiritual journey in which the sacrifice will help Christians better focus on those things of Christ. Third, remember Scripture is also a book of history in which God allows us a view into the way people lived during those times…many of the do’s and don’t’s found in the Daniel Fast are derivatives based on the actual traditions and standards of those times. Food processing and preserving hadn’t been inventing during Biblical times; so it can, logically, be inferred what food items and additives were not available. We serve a most Wonderful Father who gives His children many freedoms to choose. The Daniel Fast is a choice, not a debate. If you want to participate, you are free to do so. If you choose not to participate, it is your freedom…but, let not ignorance be the rationale to raise argument with other Christians. Romans 14:5-6 “One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems
      all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The
      one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who
      eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while
      the one who abstains, abstains in honor of the Lord and gives thanks to
      God”.

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  • Tagia

    Hi Elena, very helpful post. Just a question regarding the Daniel Fast. In Daniel it says I ate no pleasant food – I know there are a lot of vegan receipes out now that include things like desserts is this not allowed even if you use vegan type ingredients only? Thanks

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      Tagia, sorry that I missed your question earlier. If you are still interested, I think it all goes down to what you consider pleasant. And I would also look at the original text and see what it would translate to in modern day English and go from there.

  • Lee

    Hi Elena, today is my 7 day of the fast, i ate a small portion of bread, and i knew it was wrong, i was tempted, my question is that can i repent, ask for forgiveness and continue with the fast? Or should i start again tomorrow?

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      Lee, of course you can. The fast is always between you and God. First of all, let’s clear it up, if you look through the scriptures (make sure that you read this entire post too), you will find that excluding bread is not necessary. During the fast you can choose to have whole grain, whole wheat bread.

  • Emly

    Hi! Can we have unsweetened almond milk?

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      Emply, totally up to you. If you were to be very legalistic, then store bought brands have preservatives, so, some would not drink them, but make almond milk at home. If you do not care about that small factor, then buying a brand that has as few ingredients as possible is the way to go.

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  • Halamehi

    Hello Elena :).. uhm do you think that brown rice with a mild nutty flavour included is okay on daniel fasting?

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      I think it is just fine. Enjoy it.

  • Proverb31

    I have been doing the fast for the past 6 years. But this year I am going in with great expectation. My question is what can I do for my kids as they go to school, even at home. Thank. Your information is very helpful.

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      For food? There is so much that you can do, depending on how strict of a plan you pick. If you are family is 100% on board with the Daniel Fast, then most of the recipes you find on my site are fine. If not, then you can modify them. I have a section in my Daniel Fast ebook dedicated to “almost Daniel Fast” recipes just for that reason: http://www.vega-licious.com/books/daniel-fast-recipes-menu-planner/.

      If you are talking about lunches, you can do whole wheat sandwiches with veggies, or whole wheat wraps. You can also make pasta with homemade spaghetti sauce, etc. For home, the options are limitless. Make sure to browse through the recipes on this site or to get the ebook–it has 96 recipes to choose from…even desserts :)

  • vicks

    Thanks for the great info. Great way to start the New Year. This will be my first time and look forward to it. I love Lentil I can eat those all day and fruits and veggies are so healthy.

    https://sites.google.com/site/realsitesthatwork/

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  • http://www.missionsminded2818.wordpress.com/ Susan

    Hello! I’m seriously considering doing a Daniel’s fast in January, but I’ve never done one before. I’m doing research about it, and found your page (VERY helpful, by the way). I do have one question though. In a lot of my research, I’ve read that nuts/lentils/beans etc are included very much in a Daniel’s fast. I’m not a huge fan of any of them (and some beans simply don’t agree with my body, I’ve found). Are they NECESSARY or just highly recommended? I’m just concerned about getting all of the nutrients I need (and yes, I have read the articles about protein already). Thanks for your help!

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      Hi, Susan! Nuts are not necessary. Lentils and beans are highly recommended, although, if you did not do much of them, you will not get depleted in anything in 3 weeks. You will feel better from all the other foods you can eat, as long as you have a variety. With beans, some people have gas and bloating only when first starting to eat them, since they are so rich in fiber. And, as long as you do not mix them with sugary foods, you should do fine long term. Most people have an issue only when they miscombine means with other foods.

      I hope this helps.

    • Melanie Kay

      Dear Susan, If you pre-soak your beans for 24 hours with a pinch of baking soda for kidney shaped beans or for other types of beans a pre-soak of 1 T. of apple cider vinegar, or lemon juice, or some such acidic medium per one cup of water, and change the water once during the process. Some people also soak a piece of seaweed with their beans. This aids in digestion. It’s not necessary for lentils. I can cook a cup of pre-soaked beans in three cups of broth or liquid, plus a pinch of baking soda, in the pressure cooker in 10 minutes, I let the pressure release naturally so that takes another 10 minutes. Both the texture and flavor is very nice like this. Or a slow cooker can cook nicely too. Of course, none of this helps if you just don’t care for the taste at all, I just thought I’d put this out there for you to consider. I hope your fast went well. I started thinking about doing one in January, but I’m just now getting around to it myself. Blessings!

  • Gregory Weiss

    Hi Elena,

    This will be my second year of Daniels fast. I would appreciate your input on my question. I am very active in the gym and as a rule have a healthy diet schedule. My diet needs to have a high level of protein intake of up 160 grams per day. This year I wanted to use protein supplements that I normally use but eliminate all other form of protein through meat, fish and chicken and other forms of non complies foods. The supplements I know does not pass the criteria but for me it’s about preserving muscle mass rather than an addiction. I personally feel it would not effect my spiritual journey but the fact that I am asking this question does raise doubt.
    ??

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      Gregory, hi! Great questions. Let me start by saying that I am a trainer myself, so I approach this subject with a lot of education and experience behind me.

      I would first recommend you read through a couple of posts, to make you arrive at the right conclusion for yourself:

      http://www.vega-licious.com/consuming-too-much-protein-is-not-healthy/

      http://www.vega-licious.com/where-do-you-get-protein-vegan-part-ii/

      and in this post, listen to the part in the video that talks about protein: http://www.vega-licious.com/food-over-medicine-interview/

      If you still feel convinced that you need to add protein to your daily intake, I think that as long as you choose a clean, plant based product that uses whole ingredients, rather than isolates, thus reducing the risk of toxicity in your body, while fasting other foods that you choose to exclude, you should do well. I also want to assure you that if you choose plant based protein supplements, such as VEGA brand, you will not be missing out on anything that you would get in an animal based protein shake, but rather improve on it. To help you become a believer in that, check out some of my body building friends on this site: http://www.veganbodybuilding.com/–they all use either no supplements or plant based protein supplements to stay buff and cut. (and if you can’t reach that page for some reason (I was getting a maintenance error), try their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/VeganBodybuildingAndFitness).

      I hope this helps.

      • Gregory Weiss

        Elena,

        Thank you so much for the reply and I have more than enough information now to make a decision that will be best for not only me but my journey. I also guess that by me thinking I needs these supplements is an addiction on its own.

        I also figured that if it so happens that I do sacrifice some muscle mass it is nothing compared to the joy to get closer to God and to thank him for all that he has done for me.

        God bless you and all that you do for those who seek advice.

        • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

          Glad to hear it! And I am almost certain that you will not lose muscle mass in 3 weeks, as long as you take in enough calories. Blessings!

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  • Ray

    The scripture does not say anything about Fruit, only vegetables? So why is fruit allowed?

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      which scripture are you referring to?

  • Anna

    I disagree. The idea behind fasting is to get away from daily distractions and focus on God. If that means fasting tv or your phone(which is more of a distraction than anything else to most people), then do that. You pray and ask the Lord what to fast before the fast. It may be food and it may be something else.

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      It is your option to disagree, however, we always look at the facts to draw the truth. It is great if you want to give up the things that distract you from spending time with God. It is wonderful. However, it is just that–spiritual discipline. Fasting has always to do with foods.

    • Mike

      Just as an observation, not an attack. There is a difference between fasting which always involves abstaining from food and abstaining from something. Sometimes people can abstain from something for a set time for spiritual reasons, but by definition it is not a fast. This is not to say it is not a good practice, it is just a matter of definition.

  • margie

    Hello…can eat black bean and corn patties?

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      If they are made with whole food ingredients (not processed), then you should be fine.

  • Rachael

    I have a question for you Elena, can we use olive oil to moisten food, like in a baked potato?

  • Guest

    Hello Elena, I like your article and your recipes. I just have a question on one of your recipes. isn’t the vegan cherry ice cream sandwich a dairy product seeing that it contains ice cream?

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      If it is from my site, then no, no dairy at all! Ice cream is made from a frozen banana :), but tasted delightful and creamy.

      • Jessica

        isn’t this a pleasant food? I’m having a hard time with desserts being acceptable.

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  • Fabulous1

    I am currently breastfeeding and I have to fast. Will this fast affect my milk supply in a negative way?

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      It should increase your milk supply, if you are lacking. However, depending on how clean (or not) your diet is, you might want to ease into this and do it in stages. If you do not, you will detox too fast and your baby will get the same thing through breast milk. So, if you eat meat, dairy and processed foods, caffeine, etc.; start by excluding one group at a time every 3 days or so. Take time to transition and do green smoothies (recipes on this site and in my ebook http://www.vega-licious.com/books/daniel-fast-recipes-menu-planner/).

      Remember that God looks at your heart first and considers your life’s situations. At this time you have to do it this way, because it is what is best for your child.

  • Diane

    how much should I be eating? I am trying to loss weight. I have been on the plan 12 days and only lost 4 lbs. I make a smoothie in the morning and drink it all about 42 oz . is that to much.

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      A couple of things, Diane:

      1. Daniel Fast’s focus is fasting unto the Lord, not weight loss;

      2. You should eat until you are satiated–do not try to go hungry, because that will backfire. Your metabolism will slow down if you eat too little, and you might not lose any weight or even gain some.

      3. Losing 4 lbs in 12 days is VERY healthy and very good. If you were to go at this rate, you would be close to 10 lbs a month.

      4. If you want to lose more weight, make sure to have a good, regular exercise regimen

      5. Check out my 30-day program to help you along your weight loss and health journey: http://www.vega-licious.com/services/body-by-plants/

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  • Melinda

    I just purchased the ebook for the Daniel Fast. Does it only come as a PDF or can I use it on a reader or Ipad?

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      Melinda, it is a PDF but you should be able to use it on any device. I have not had a problem with that yet from any iPad/reader users.

  • Rosita

    HELLO – GOD BLESS I’M STARTING THE DANIELS FAST – I HAVE ONE WORRY I GET SEVERE MIGRAINES IF I DONT HAVE MY MORNING CUP OF COFFEE,WICH USUALLY HAVE WITH C& S. COULD I HAVE A CUP OF COFFEE IF I DRINK IT W/O C&S? JUST SO I WONT GET A MIGRAINE?

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      Rosita, the reason you are having migraines is because there is a coffee addiction. If you start cutting down to having less every day, you will be able to eliminate it from your life. I would assume that you would want to, since dependence on any substance is an addiction and I am sure you want to live a free life. You can read more about the “power” of caffeine here: http://www.vega-licious.com/to-caffeine-or-not-to-caffeine-why-caffeine-is-not-a-great-idea/

    • Candyce

      The devil is a liar.. Jesus bore that on the cross… you don’t need coffee for your headache you only need Jesus… talk to the pain.. Jesus said the works He does we can do also only greater. Come against those headache s

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  • Don Sanderson

    Elena, thanks for this post. I am a local pastor in Los Angeles and would like to put this link up on our church website as well as put your blog in print form to a few of my congregants (ones who are afraid of computers) as we begin our 21 day Daniel fast. Don’t want to infringe, please let me know if this is ok. Thanks,

    Blessings,
    Don

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      Don, that sounds great. If you want me to send you a properly formatted text so it is easier to print, I would prefer to have it done that way. It will be great to be of help. I would request name and web-site mention, of course.

      Also, if you know exact dates, I can offer a special deal for your congregation for the first week of the fast–we can do a $3 off the ebook price for them only. Let me know.

      • Don Sanderson

        Thanks, Elena! Our Daniel Fast starts on Sunday, March 16th. Please send the properly formatted text to my email don@graceag.org. We will place a footer on each page stating your name and the words “used by permission” as well as the website info and the link to your ebook.

        Thank you again!

  • Diana

    Are home made corn tortillas OK? How about pure coconut water? Any info will be appreciated. Thanks

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      Yes to both questions :)

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  • Mbali Gumede

    A good read Elena, I am starting a 10 day fast tomorrow. I will try twenty one days after Easter. Thank you very much for the eBook.
    Kindest Regards, Mbali G

  • Dustin

    Can you drink unsweetened almond milk?

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      Dustin, I do not see a problem with that, especially if it is homemade. I know that some might argue that the store sold options have additives in them. I personally think that is irrelevant and should be fine.

      • Jessica

        Shouldn’t the beverage be only water?

  • Lora

    Can whole wheat flour be eaten?

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      Absolutely!

    • Lili

      Yes they can!

  • Selecia

    Today begins day #1 of my Daniel’s Fast. It is a partial fast but, I love it!!! Cammamile tea for the evening will be a part of my Daniel’s Fast. This is such a wonderful encouraging site. Wish I would have known about it sooner.

  • bw

    This will be my first daniel fast….olive oil it is ok to consume during Daniel fasting?

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena
      • Chris

        I don’t understand… Tortillas, which are made with oil, are okay but you don’t recommend consuming oil? Cooking would be near impossible or at least inconvenient with out just a little oil… Heck, even whole wheat Matzah crackers have a little oil. Also, not having oil may be a health suggestion but not a Daniel fast suggestion, which is what BW is asking, as neither the orthodox Kosher diet or Daniel fast elude to.

        The reason I bring this up is because I came to your website to gain another perspective on the Daniel fast, as I am currently on it, and to see other examples and recipes of for it. However I was discourage a little on the recommendation to not have oil as I have already consumed food with a little oil olive and I have been extremely strict with what I have been eating.

        • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

          Chris, no need to get discouraged. As you said, it is a recommendation, not a hard rule. If you would like to include some oil in your fast, it is totally your decision. Do not let my recommendation stop you from doing what you heart and spirit are set to do.

  • nickipicki123

    How do you handle exercise and getting enough protein & carbs during the fast?

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      Glad you asked! Since I am actually well qualified to answer this question (I am a fitness trainer), I am happy to help you out with that.

      You will be getting PLENTY of protein from grains, greens, vegetables and fruit–here is a detailed post on this http://www.vega-licious.com/where-do-you-get-protein-vegan-part-ii/.

      Carbs are in all plant foods in their best whole form, so you will not go without.

      What you will find, as long as you consume enough calories and stay hydrated, after the initial detox (that is when you should take it easy) is that your recovery time is going to be faster and your endurance will increase. Happens to whole foods vegans all the time!

  • Michelle

    The truth and meaning of this fast really resounded with me as I read it. I was wondering on your position towards tofu in this diet? Is it too processed? Also, if Daniel avoided all pleasant foods… what if you really enjoy and crave veggies and fruits? For example, I really enjoy peas and squash, so should I avoid them during the fast?

    Thank you for your help!

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      Michelle, great points! In the context “pleasant” really mean delicacies that the rich could afford at that time, which would be meat, dairy, alcohol. So, if you love peas and squash eat them! If I had to avoid all the foods I enjoy I would not be able to eat anything, since I am vegan and I love my plants :)

      As for tofu. I do not think it is terribly processed–it is fermented soy. I personally am not a tofu lover, but if you are, I would not stay away from it–use it. Having said that, if you do not like it, do not feel like you need it–you will get a ton of protein from all the greens, grains, legumes and fruit you will be eating.

  • Nat

    That diabetes can be cured with this eating plan is not true, that us if you are a diabetic 2 who does not take pharmaceutical drugs. The only foods such a person could eat on this diet are the non starchy vegetables. The fruits, the grains WILL raise tour blood sugar. If you are not diabetic and don’t test EVERYTHING you put in your mouth you would not know this. Of course if you take pharmaceuticals you can suppress the disease (not court it) and eat what you want. A true fast as in water will however lower your glucose levels in about 5 days.

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      Nat, the studies and real life examples of people I work with will disagree with what you believe. Type 2 diabetes can be easily addressed with changes to diet. Human diet is 80% carbs (starches) and without them we would die. What we do need to avoid is processed starches, and that is exactly what happens when people cut them out during this time of fasting.

    • vance

      Why can’t it be true if it’s the power of God working and not those plants…?!

      • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

        While God is a God of miracles, if we keep defying nutrition laws he set in motion, even if we get a supernatural healing, it won’t last if we keep doing the things that got us in trouble in the first place. God gave us food that has healing properties, he also gave us wisdom (a brain) and he expects us to use it, so we do not have to depend on miracles all the time, but rather have a miraculously optimal health all the time and spend the rest of our energy reaching the world for Christ.

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  • http://www.firebrandnotes.com/ Nick Franks

    Hi there

    Thank you for your expertise and encouragement. We’re on day 5 of 21 and the headaches have gone though our sleep is pretty disturbed in the early hours!

    We’d be lying if we said we didn’t miss chicken but the sense of spiritual clarity is already obvious to me – that ‘s what it’s all about!

    In Jesus
    Nick Franks

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      Nick, the headaches and the sleep disturbance is a sign of detoxification–your body is discharging impurities. Drinking more water and green smoothies will help to speed up the process. Make sure you are consuming enough calories, and you will do great.

      Glad that you are already clearing up the spiritual airwaves :)

      • http://www.firebrandnotes.com/ Nick Franks

        Thank you!

  • lisa jones

    This is my first time doing the fast and I must say I am so proud of myself for staying disciplined. Today is day #5 and I have thought of many different recipes which helps. I haven’t been as hungry as I thought I would be. As I search for a closer relationship with God during this fast I realize and feel deeply that because of the fast I will seek what I am looking for. And if takes me longer than 21 days i will keep going. The information you provide here is most helpful and very encouraging! Thank u so much and God bless :)

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      Lisa, glad you are doing it for the right reasons. This is the best time to quiet the flesh and become open to hear what God is saying.

  • J

    Hi, doing my first daniel fast so i’m kinda new to this. Just had a question about soy sauce since I noticed it was in the list of accepted foods. What types/brands are ok to consume? The purest one I can find is one made by kikkoman. it says that its vegan friendly, naturally brewed and only cosists of soy beans,water, wheat and salt. Is this ok? Would be most grateful if someone could shed some light on this. Thanx

    http://mumbaimag.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/Kikkoman-Soy-Sauce.jpg

    http://www.kikkoman.co.uk/faq.php

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      J, glad you are doing the fast. This soy options sounds great. All soy sauces should be vegan, although you never know these days. If you have a Whole Foods near you, they have a good in-store organic brand. Another great option to use instead of soy sauce, especially for those with soy sensitivites, is Braggs Aminos. http://astore.amazon.com/vega-licious-20/detail/B0006Z7NNG

      • J

        Thanx for the speedy reply. Very helpful. God bless

    • gabby

      this is VERY good info and a well written article! thank you so much for clearing up all the questions i had! god bless!

      • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

        I am glad you found it helpful.

  • Vanessa Rivero

    Is the Daniel Fast safe for children? I have a 12 and a 4 year old. Also can corn tortillas be included in the fast? What about fruit/and herb infused water?

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      Vanessa, absolutely! If you do it the way I describe, and use recipes like the ones you find on my site, their bodies will be flooded with nutrients, vitamins and minerals, which are healing. They will lack nothing, and they will thrive.

      Corn tortillas are acceptable. Fruit and herb infused water sounds delightful.

  • nickipicki123

    How do you deal with family members giving you a hard time? My family are big meat eaters and I know they will interrogate me about it (I live at home with my parents).

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      Nicki, establish clear boundaries with them. If they are believers, sit them down and tell them that you are doing this fast unto the Lord, so they need to respect it. If they are not, tell them you are doing it for religious reasons. If they cannot respect that, simply ask them to leave you at peace for the time of the fast. Remember that except for God, you owe no man any explanation.

  • Jerry D. Nobles

    This will be my first daniel fast….. My question is can Oatmeal be a part of this… I am not sure how to do the breakfast part …. maybe just fruits for breakfast????….

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      Absolutely! You can have oatmeal. Breakfast can be a smoothie and an oatmeal, or many other things. If you are not sure, do get the ebook with recipes–it is on sale now and will take all of the guess work out of this experience.

  • Lawson

    I have a question of the anointing of the head. Is this only at the day we declare to fast, or is it every day we fast that we start the day by anointing our heads and washing our face?

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      Lawson, it is not a practiced tradition in that sense. The anointing of head and washing our face would be equivalent to taking a shower and using your personal care products these days–that means you go about your life as usual, other than fasting and changing your heart, so you appear fasting to God only and not to men. In those times some people would choose to forgo washing and moisturizing, to show others they were fasting. The Scripture clearly states that God wants us to avoid that kind of display so we get praise from Him and not the people.

  • Annette

    Elena, Thank you for posting this and writing the book! I appreciate that you bring attention to the spiritual aspect of our health. As I travel on my journey of healthy living, I find myself more in love with God, and in awe of the way He made our amazing bodies. As a Catholic, I am no stranger to fasting because it is part of our Lenten practice, although only 2 days total. (I have this love/hate relationship with fasting — love the spiritual benefits, hate the physical hunger.) I look forward to exploring the life God can provide when I let Him lead during a longer fast. I believe we are all spiritual beings, but that most of us neglect to nourish our spiritual health. God bless you for having the guts to reach out to us in this very important aspect of our lives.

    • http://www.vega-licious.com/ Elena

      Annette, you know, it never phased me as an act of bravery ;). Christianity is a part of me, it is me, as much as anything else, so I could not separate the two :). And you know that a disciplined spirit will always lead to a disciplined body, so there is a huge benefit to fasting, or even better, living a fasted lifestyle :).

      Thanks for the note!

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