Welcome to The Daniel Fast
What is the Daniel Fast?
The term Daniel Fast comes from the Book of Daniel in which there are two recorded instances of a specific fast that Daniel undertook while seeking the Lord.
The core of the Daniel fast is centred around denying ourselves the pleasures of food in order to help us focus on the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. God's word declares that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Heb. 13:5), but often times we have a hard time distinguishing His voice from all of the things we crowd our life with. The Rhema words that God speaks to us hold every answer and breakthrough that we are looking for, so it makes good sense to prioritize hearing what our loving Heavenly Daddy has to say! This is why the Daniel Fast is not just another diet, but a time to set aside earthly pleasures in order to better experience the true joy of spending time with God.
So take courage! While the Daniel Fast may seem difficult at first, it becomes easier as you go and the benefits are incredible! God is a good pay master, and those who seek Him are richly rewarded. Even in the natural, you'll be feeling the best you ever have by the end of it! Below is a general guideline for what is and is not acceptable on a Daniel Fast.
Dunamis Church believes that Susan Gregory's guidelines for the Daniel Fast are thorough, Biblically accurate, and well laid out, so we recommend that anyone who undertakes this fast head on over to her website to check out the great tips, testimonies, and many other resources that she has available! All of the following resources are adapted from her material.
What can I eat?
The Daniel Fast is all about going natural! That means anything that grows from a plant or is naturally derived from plants. The Daniel Fast does NOT allow for anything that has been chemically augmented, processed, or derived. That means nothing that has been sweetened by man. While we may juice fruits and vegetables for meals, the only beverage allowed on the Daniel Fast is water. No coffee, no tea, and definitely not carbonated beverages.
READ THE LABEL!
Which bring us to our next point, READ THE LABEL! When you are buying food for this fast, ALWAYS read the labels. It is absolutely amazing the number of seemingly natural food products on any average supermarket shelf that has been augmented with sugar! A good general rule to follow when reading labels is this: if you can't pronounce it, or you don't know what it is, you can't have it.
What you CAN eat!
Okay! Enough about what you can't have, let's talk about what you CAN! It would be impossible to list every allowable food item, so below is a list of the acceptable food groups and examples of each.
For Susan Gregory's printable Food List, CLICK HERE.
All non-processed fruits whether fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Example fruits: 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 non-processed fruits whether fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Examples include 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, veggie burgers are an option if you are not allergic to soy .
ALL WHOLE GRAINS
All natural grains including whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn. (Note: be sure to check the list of ingredients for things such as sugar.)
ALL NUTS & SEEDS
All natural nuts, seeds, and derivatives including sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame, and nut butters such as natural, unsweetened peanut butter.
Canned or dried. Legumes include dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans.
ALL QUALITY OILS
All natural oils including olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, and sesame.
The only beverage allowed on the Daniel Fast is pure Water.
Other natural foods that may not fit into the above categories include tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.
What to avoid
The criteria is fairly simple and easy to follow, but, if in doubt, here are some food categories to stay way from!
ALL REFINED AND PROCESSED FOOD PRODUCTS
Such as artificial flavourings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.
ALL DEEP-FRIED FOODS
Like potato chips, French fries, corn chips.
ALL SOLID FATS
This includes shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.
Anything that is not water. This includes coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.
ALL MEAT AND ANIMAL PRODUCTS
Such as beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish.
ALL DAIRY PRODUCTS
For example: milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.
Including sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, cane juice, date honey, and stevia.
ALL LEAVENED BREAD
This includes even biblical breads like Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods.
ALL LEAVENING AGENTS
These are yeast, baking soda and baking powder.
The internet is a great resource for pretty much everything and You can find a wealth of recipes that are totally acceptable for the Daniel Fast! If you search for Vegan recipes, you will be fairly safe. Just watch out for anything that sweeteners a meal beyond what natural fruits are in it. For an excellent list of Daniel Fast-approved recipes, check out the Recipes section on Susan Gregory's website! We have collected some great recipes below.