What is the Daniel Fast?
The Daniel Fast is a biblically based partial fast. It is a method of fasting that men, women and young people all over the world are using as they enter into the spiritual discipline of prayer and fasting.
There are two anchoring scriptures for the Daniel Fast. In Daniel 1 the Prophet ate only vegetables (that would have included fruits) and drank only water. So from these scriptures we get two of the guidelines for the fast: 1. Only fruits and vegetables 2. Only water for a beverage. Then in Daniel 10 we read that the Prophet ate no meat nor any precious breads or foods and he drank no wine for 21 days. So from this scripture, we get a third guideline: 3. No sweeteners and no breads. Another important guideline is drawn from Jewish fasting principles, where no leaven is used during the fast. So that’s why yeast, baking powder and the like are not allowed on the Daniel Fast. Finally, with all the above puzzle pieces, we conclude that no artificial or processed foods nor any chemicals are allowed on the Daniel Fast.
What if you have health issues?
Fasting should never bring harm to the body. And if you have concerns, be sure to consult your health professional before going on the Daniel Fast or making any major dietary change.
The Daniel Fast is a very healthy way to eat! So health professionals will support
this eating plan, but might suggest a few modifications if you have health
issues that need special attention. For example, pregnant and nursing mothers
might get instructions to add fish, chicken and cheese into the Daniel Fast, but
otherwise stay the course. Diabetics may need to add more carbohydrates or
include chicken and fish. Also, those who are especially active either through
sports, bodybuilding or vocation may need to slightly alter the eating plan.
Got a Delicious Recipe?
Feel free to share it. Just comment below and submit. Let’s hear what everybodies cookin up during this Daniel Fast!