The Daniel Fast:
Making Room for God in Your Daily Life
The Daniel fast has gained popularity in recent
years. A huge reason for this is that our lifestyles have changed a
great deal since Biblical times.
Our lives just aren't as simple
We are not as free to take weeks off from our day to day lives to
simply seek the face of God.
And yet God has continued to draw those who truly love Him to set
themselves apart and consecrate themselves unto Him through fasting.
True, most of us can not go off by ourselves into the
wilderness like Jesus, or up on a mountain top like Moses.
But, our souls still thirst for those mountain top moments with our
Though totally shutting ourselves off from our earthly obligations is
possible occasionally, most of us have responsibilities that will
require us to be actively involved in our lives throughout our time of
But that doesn’t mean we have to miss out on the power of the fasting
The Daniel fast allows you to consecrate yourself, while still
maintaining the strength to go to work, care for your family, and
fulfill other earthy obligations.
What makes this fast so unique is that its level of restrictiveness
buffets the flesh,
without robbing your body of the nutrients it needs
to sustain itself.
Where Does The Daniel Fast Come From?
Daniel Fast diet is based on these scriptures:
“...But Daniel purposed
in his heart that
he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor
with the wine which he drank:
therefore he requested of
the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
Then said Daniel to Melzar... Prove thy servants, I beseech
thee, ten days; and let
them give us pulse (fruit, vegetables, whole grains) to eat, and water
Then let our countenances be looked upon before
thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of
the king's meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants.
And at the
end of ten days their countenances appeared fairer and fatter in flesh
than all the children which did eat the portion of the king's meat.
As for these four children, God
gave them knowledge
and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in
all visions and dreams.
Reference Daniel 1:5, 8, 11, 13, 15, 17)
Daniel Fast Food List
What can you eat on The
all depends on what literature you
If we are basing our fast solely on scripture, we see that
only ate "pulse and water."
word translated here as
means "something that was sown." That means that the
Daniel Fast diet, in its purest form, only includes things that grow
that were sown:
- whole grains
sure to read the labels of any
packaged foods you use during your fast to make sure they only contain
ingredients. You'll be surprised how much hidden sugar is in the foods
you eat every day, even health
is a Daniel Fast food list with a detailed breakdown of
what you can
eat...and what you can’t.
NOT to Eat
Whole unprocessed grains
(brown rice, whole wheat, oatmeal, corn, etc). This includes whole
grain pasta and tortillas**
Beans and lentils. This
and nuts including unsweetened peanut butter.**
may also include olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper and herbal
seasonings, known to have been staples in Daniel’s time.
Be sure to consume LOTS of
All meat, poultry and fish.
All milk products, margarine,
and vegetable oil or shortening.
sugar and sweeteners, even natural ones like honey or stevia.
soda, fruit juice, herbal teas and all other beverages. Daniel ONLY
White flour, white rice, and
all products containing them. This includes white bread and white flour
Yeast is also to be avoided,
which means only whole grain flat breads and tortillas are allowed.
Note: Pregnant and nursing
mothers, or those under the care of a doctor, should prayerfully
adjust the fast to meet their nutritional needs while maintaining the
heart of it. All
vitamins and medications ARE permitted on the fast.
This is More Strict Than Other Daniel Fast Diets!
Some literature out there
allows for other foods that are considered to be “natural
alternatives” to the foods many crave during a fast. This is
GREAT for families with children who will all be fasting together.
as I explain in our Beyond
the Veil Christian Fasting Program
as we grow into adulthood, both physically and
spiritually, a large part of fasting is self-sacrifice. That is why I
personally try to keep my foods as close to the way that God originally
created them as
would also caution you to be prayerful before
adding in foods that are not pulse
am I adding this?
because my flesh wants it? Or, do I really feel God’s Spirit
leading me in this direction?'
we are starving our flesh through this fasting process-It's supposed to be hard (-:
allowances for our flesh, and excusing them because something
supposed to be “all natural,” can feed our flesh instead
of starve it. On the
other hand, there
are unique situations where God may lead you to alter the fast for
one reason or another.
be prayerful in all things.
Sample Simple Daniel Fast Recipe
"The Daniel Fast...Simplified" booklet that comes free with the Beyond
Veil program, I share tons of recipes and meal ideas that my family
uses when we do the Daniel Fast. Here is one of my husband's favorites.
Bean Fajitas (or Bowl)
½ red onion
1 green bell pepper
½ can black beans,
drained and rinsed
1 cup corn (canned or frozen)
½ can diced fire
Chopped cilantro (to taste)
1 chopped avocado
1 cup cooked
*½ cup unsweetened salsa
* Whole grain tortillas
Sautee red onion and green pepper until tender. Add in cooked brown
rice and remaining vegetables except avocado and salsa. Season with
coriander, salt and pepper to taste. Reduce heat and cook 5-7
minutes. Chop avocado, and mix with salsa. Serve in a bowl, or on
whole grain tortilla. Top with avocado/salsa blend.
*Check salsa and tortilla for restricted
For more recipes, a Daniel Fast meal plan, and help designing a
personalized fasting experience that will help you connect with God in
a powerful way, check out The Hem's unique Beyond the Veil Christian