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.

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.

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).

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

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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.

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.

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

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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.

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 stoneground 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.

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Front of the ebook

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Back of the ebook

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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 Right & 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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  • 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.

  • 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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