Basic guidelines for the Daniel fast
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 10:2-3 KJV
Preparation Is Key
During the Daniel fast, you will not consume any sugar or sweeteners of any kind, nor will you have any caffeine or artificial chemicals. Many people experience a physical detox during the first few days of the fast including, but not limited to, headaches, fatigue, leg cramps, and other typical symptoms.
You can reduce these effects by weaning yourself from these foods before the fast begins and also by drinking at least 1/2 gallon of filtered water each day before, during and after the fasting period.
Anytime you have a concern about the symptoms you may experience, please be sure to contact your health professional. Fasting should never be harmful to your health!
Fast Dietary Requirements and “OK” Foods
The Daniel fast is a very healthy way to eat and is full of nutritious and healthy food; however if you have special dietary needs, you should consult your health professional before beginning this fast. You can then modify the fast to meet your specific health needs.
All fruits: These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Fruits include but are not limited to apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines and watermelon.
All vegetables: These can be fresh frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Vegetables include but are not limited to artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squash, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams and zucchini. Veggie “burgers” are also an option if you are not allergic to soy.
All whole grains: Whole grains include but are 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: Nuts and seeds include but are not limited to sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame. Nut butters, including peanut butter, are also included.
All legumes: These can be canned or dried. Legumes include but are not limited to dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black-eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, and white beans.
All quality oils: Quality oils include but are not limited to olive, canola, grapeseed, peanut, and sesame.
Beverages: Springwater, distilled water or other pure waters.
Other: Tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs, and spices.
“No K” Foods
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, syrups, molasses, and cane juice.
All leavened bread (bread with yeast) including Ezekiel bread and 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 solid fats including but not limited to shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.
Beverages including but not limited to coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.
**When you shop for food, remember to READ THE LABELS to make sure that the only ingredients in packaged foods are suitable for the Daniel fast. You will want to be especially aware of chemicals, dairy products, and sweeteners – all of which are not allowed on the Daniel fast.