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Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse 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 10:2, 3

DFfbWelcome! The purpose of this site is to offer valuable and complete information about the Daniel Fast. As the Daniel Fast Blogger, my #1 goal is to help you have a successful fasting experience. More and more Christian men and women are choosing the Daniel Fast as their guideline to enter into the spiritual discipline. While the Daniel Fast is a partial fast, (rather than total abstention from all food) it still provides many of the attributes of denying the self and seeking God.

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  1. Yesterday was a double “hump day” for me. It was Wednesday and also day 11 of my Fast. As an encouragement to others, I can honestly say, I haven’t felt this good in many, many years. My goal is to view this as a time to draw closer to God, so I am unconcerned about how much weight I may be losing. After my Fast, I intend to focus on losing 45 lbs over the next 24 weeks prior to my trip to the Holy Land in Feb 2015. So I am sure I am probably losing some weight now, but it’s not what is important. The amazing feeling I have been experiencing started 2-3 days ago. It is so intense, I woke up 2 hours early today and was feeling almost euphoric. I actually asked God if He would let me keep this feeling. My energy level is thru the roof, but I also am not going to start working out until Day 22. Again, the purpose for me on this Fast is to focus all my emotions and physical reactions towards God. Initially hunger pains and weakness, and now energy and happiness. I don’t want to get distracted from the purpose.

    August 28, 2014
    • God is so good! I am happy for you, Kurt! And what a great way to launch you into a lifestyle of health. Sounds like you have a so many great tings awaiting you in your future!

      Since you want to continue, you might want to check out Choose Life Now – which was developed because of so many people experiencing what you are so excited about. We’re doing some work on the site right now, but if you want to consider this program to sustain your new habits, you can check it out at this link: http://choose-life-now.com/member/join

      August 29, 2014
  2. Marium #

    I’m on my 9th day of the fast. I feel so weak, I want to exercise but only want to rest when I get home. I have just enough energy to go to work, church & have my prayer time & bible study. I’m not going to give up because I’m believing in God for a spiritual healing & restoration of my marriage. I drink water all day but I don’t think I’m getting enough protein or sleep. Besides nuts & legumes what else is allowed? Also, can I take melatonin to help me sleep & magnesium supplements for leg cramps?

    August 24, 2014
    • Hi Marium,

      Actually, if you are following the eating plan I describe here on the site and go into more detail in the book, you should be getting plenty of protein. Be sure to eat lots of leafy green vegetables, beans with rice, quinoa, soy and other foods rich in protein.

      The leg cramps are likely withdrawal symptoms from caffeine and sugar. They will pass. But in the meantime, supplements are fine.

      August 25, 2014
  3. Steve #

    Hi Danita,

    My girlfriend and I are preparing to enter the fast together Sunday. Just two questions…. Are herbal tea’s acceptable ( they do not have caffeine) and is almond milk acceptable ( I felt like if almond butter is okay than almond milk is only a step away!)
    Thank you!

    August 21, 2014
    • Hi Steve,

      The only beverage on the Daniel Fast is water (see Daniel 1). So no herbal teas. Unsweetened almond milk is allowed in recipes, but not as a beverage.

      Be blessed as you and your girlfriend draw nearer to God during your time of extended prayer and fasting.

      August 22, 2014
  4. heather simmons #

    Hi Susan. I have a couple questions. I am trying to make the banana strawberry smoothie and I am having a very difficult time finding unsweetened apple juice in my area. Can I use the no sugar added or organic? The guy at the store told me the sugars that was listed was just from the apples themselves which I don’t know how true that is. Also would I be able to use unsweetened vanilla almond milk?

    August 21, 2014
    • Hi Heather,

      The grocery store man has it correct. When you study the labels to make sure prepared foods are allowed on the fast you want to look at the list of INGREDIENTS. That is different than the nutritional analysis included on labels. So if the apple juice doesn’t have added sweeteners listed among the ingredients, then you are good to go. The same is true for the almond milk and any product you use during the fast. Study the list of ingredients on the food labels and make sure they comply with the Daniel Fast Guidelines.

      Be blessed!

      August 22, 2014
  5. Samantha #

    Hi Susan , can nutritional yeast be used?

    August 20, 2014
    • Yes, nutritional yeast is allowed since it is not a leavening agent.

      August 21, 2014
  6. Kurt #

    I am completing my 4th day on the fast and I have to say, the first 2 were pretty difficult. I didn’t feel real well and it took a lot of focus to get thru the withdrawal process (I am a meat, dairy and bread kind of guy). But now that the initial shock is over, my challenge takes on a new path of finding variety in my meals. I don’t like to cook either, so eating out has always been my first (and easiest) choice. Maybe I can find some time to try and cook, but focus on God while I am trying out new things. Since Day 1, my approach has been to not worry about really losing any weight (I am not going to even weigh myself during the fast), but to focus on God and what He is trying to tell me during this process. So far it has been a pretty cool experience. When that hunger or withdrawal pain hits in the middle of my day, I stop and pray for a few seconds…never done this before. It definitely seems to be helping, plus I feel much closer to God!

    August 20, 2014
    • Hi Kurt,

      I am so happy for you! You truly are entering into this fast with the focus that will reap spiritual benefits. So many people focus on the food, which is another way to focus on the flesh. But when we put aside the desires of the flesh and focus on the Lord, then we receive the rewards He wants to give us!

      With that said, you do need to eat. I encourage you to make a big pot of vegetarian chili and pair that with salads. Also, oatmeal with unsweetened soy milk and fresh fruit is a great way to start your day. Simplicity is a good way to go during the Daniel Fast.

      Be blessed!

      August 20, 2014
  7. TC #

    Can I exercise?

    August 19, 2014
    • Yes, the Daniel Fast is a method of fasting, which is a spiritual discipline. There is nothing that should prevent you for exercising. Be sure to use the eating plan from this site and/or the Daniel Fast book as it’s well balanced, healthy and follows the scriptures.

      August 19, 2014
  8. Sabrina Aaron #

    I need to fast so u can hear from the Lord and to be closer to him

    August 18, 2014
    • Sabrina Aaron #

      God is taking me higher in him and I feel a push to do so. So I need to cleanse myself of everything that gets in our way of total consecration

      August 18, 2014
  9. dan #

    The ingredients on flat bread list yeast, but does not distinguish it as “nutritional” yeast. Is it safe to assume that flat breads use nutritional yeast?

    August 18, 2014
    • Hi Dan,

      Are you referring to the ingredients you are reading on a food label? If so, the food producer is most likely referring to leavening yeast. Even though it’s a “flat bread,” it could still have yeast in it. Your best find for flat bread it in your own kitchen :-) as it’s easy to make and then you can be assured of the ingredients.

      Be blessed!

      August 19, 2014
  10. karen #

    Hi Susan, We did the Fast as a challenge at my church. I am on day 20 and I have to be honest. The last 5 days of my fast were very hard. I have food cravings and cannot wait until I am done. I also do not feel any closer to God than I did before.

    August 16, 2014
    • Hi Karen,

      My guess is that there were either things that distracted you or that the focus of your fast may have been misplaced. A great concern I have is that so many focus on the food and work hard to continue to satisfy the flesh, even though they are fasting. I encourage you to use these last couple days of the fast as a time to “unpack” the thoughts and feelings going on inside of you. Learn from what you discover. Seek the Holy Spirit to reveal matters to you. And then the next time you fast, you will do better.

      I hope this helps. What I do know for sure is that fasting can be a powerful spiritual experience as we focus more attention on God and His ways. So it seems there was something blocking you for receiving the blessings and growth.

      August 16, 2014
  11. osei kwame #

    I smoke herbs.i mean merijuana,but i focus kneely on the maker of the universe .can i used the wee in meditation or in fasting,

    August 16, 2014
  12. How to get started and will God bless me with finances if i do all with all my heart and actually how soon will i see the results and financial breakthrough? Thank you

    August 14, 2014
    • Hi Shalva,

      God by His grace has already blessed you and through Christ provided everything you need. He’s not going to “reward you” because you fast. Instead, your faith in Him and His truths will develop. You will receive revelation of His truths by focusing on His ways as provided in His Word. Your mind will be renewed and you will learn and understand His will for your life.

      Many people enter into a time of extended prayer and fasting because of financial burdens. I’ve done it, also. And for me, God has always been faithful as I put my trust in Him. Read Ephesians – especially chapters 1-3 – and understand that God’s grace and your faith are a powerful duo for you to receive all you need.

      Be blessed
      Daniel Fast for Financial Breakthroughh

      August 15, 2014
  13. heather simmons #

    Hi I am on my 11th day of the fast and feel great. My biggest issue in doing this is that I do not like veggis and I am a big meat eater. It has been a challenge for me but I am believing God to change my taste buds! This fast so far has taught me that in order for me to be healthy I am going to have to actually cook! I am also learning finally that in order to be successful I am going to have to stop listening to me and start listening to God because my way of doing things will definitely let me down but God will never let me down.

    August 14, 2014
    • Dearest Heather –

      The last “lesson” you mentioned is indeed the most profound. I believe it’s the best lesson we can learn through fasting – and that is to stop being governed and led by our flesh and instead give ourselves over to God and His ways.

      Bless you and I hope the very best for you as you continue this journey.

      August 15, 2014
  14. Nichole #

    Are white rice, raisins, prunes, canned veggies, and bran ok?

    August 14, 2014
    • Hi Nichole,

      I encourage you to study more about the Daniel Fast as it can be a life-changing experience for you as you draw closer to God and submit to Him. This site has masses of information about the fast and of course the Daniel Fast book has all you need to learn how to have a successful fasting experience.

      With that said, only whole grains on the Daniel Fast, so no white rice. Dried fruits are allowed as long as they are not prepared with sweeteners (for example dried cranberries have sugar added whereas raisins don’t). Canned fruits and vegetables are allowed, but read the list of ingredients on the label to make sure they are free of chemicals and added sweeteners.

      Be blessed on your fast.

      August 15, 2014
  15. Danita #

    Susan, I have several reasons for doing the Daniel fast and was really hoping to lose weight in the process. It is not my first reason but is something I hoped would happen and I have been on the fast for 8 days and have only lost 5 pounds. Someone told me that I was not eating enough so I just want to ask how much, on average, should I be eating? I have been very faithful to the fast and the guidelines in your book and I just wonder if I have cut my food consumption too much.

    August 14, 2014
    • Hi Danita,

      First of all, being on the fast for 8 days and dropping 5 pounds is great traction. I hope you don’t feel like this isn’t a formidable amount.

      Here’s the deal – this is a partial fast. Many people totally abstain from food for much longer than 21 days. So responding to someone saying you are not eating enough during a fast is a little odd. You ALWAYS want to make sure you are not doing anything to compromise your health. Fasting should never do harm.

      So if you are staying within healthy boundaries and not doing anything that could bring harm to your body, then you should be fine. Be sure to eat good quality foods – lots of green, leafy vegetables and foods high in the nutrients your body needs.

      I hope this helps. Be blessed!

      August 14, 2014
  16. Leisa #

    Hi,
    I posted a few questions at the beginning of my fast but never got a reply… I am on day 39 today so it’s not so important now, but inwould appreciate knowing for next time. Is Nuttelex soread allowed? And where do you get ANY condiments like chili sauces and mustards with no sugar? I couldnt find any.
    The fast has been an amazing experience and I would like to encourage anyone considering this journey. God is good ALL the time and if He calls you to do something, He will hild you through it! I am about to end 40 days and it has been great.
    Leisa

    August 13, 2014
    • Hi Leisa,

      Sorry we missed your previous post. I am not familiar with the line of Nuttelex products. From what I can tell, then seem like the ingredients are fine and all plant-based. My only question would be if they are solid plant oils, which can be on the edge of how they are doing that. The ingredients also include “flavors.”

      With all that, I would hold off on this until after the fast. So many other good goods that would satisfy and be good choices for the fast.

      Be blessed and I am so glad this has been a powerful experience for you. God is so good!

      August 14, 2014
      • Leisa Da Silva #

        Thank you!! I missed your response. before so please disregard my latest comment. I haven’t had any nuttelex and ended up making my own sauce.

        August 14, 2014
  17. I am so thank ful for your ministry and learning about fasting, what would be some good choices of food to eat that would have the most calories, I’m thin and don’t want to loose any more weight, plan to start in a few weeks, looking forward to my time with God.

    August 10, 2014
    • Stick with foods richer in carbs along with nuts and seeds. Many people use the Daniel Fast and don’t lose weight. Also, sweeter fruits are higher in calories.

      Be blessed.

      August 13, 2014
  18. Heather Simmons #

    I wanted to ask if it would be ok to use vinegar and if I could use vanilla extract

    August 7, 2014
    • Yes, both are allowed on the Daniel Fast. However, make sure you study the ingredients to make sure they don’t include substances not allowed on the fast.

      Be blessed

      August 13, 2014
  19. adrianne simmons #

    Susan, I made your vegetarian chili with instead of mild chiles I used jalapenos…incredible absolutely incredible…However, I do need to know something cinnamon is ok because its plant derived so is that ok to put on strawberries, bananas in almond milk to i guess you say sweeten it up..not to cheat but just needed to know thanks

    June 8, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Yes, Cinnamon is an allowed spice, when ingredients are free of sweeteners and additives.

      June 10, 2014
  20. patience #

    Today is day 21 of my Daniel’s fast. What prompted the fast is my mother was having an operation on the head to remove a lump . and I thank God that the operation was successful and even the nurses where amazed at how well it is healing . I’m still praying for complete cure because she also suffers from hypertension and i know God is faithful. 1st week i ate 3 meals per day and snacked and 2nd week i removed the heavy foods and the final week i’m eating one meal per day . It wasn’t an easy journey but it is one i’m glad i took.A friend also did the fast with me and the support was amazing . Thank you for the information it helped a lot

    May 20, 2014
  21. Cindy #

    To God be the Glory! I have just completed my 21 day Daniel Fast and I must say I am overjoyed. The first 3 to 4 days were challenging because my body and mind were not in harmony. After that, I was able to rely on God’s strength to get me through one day at a time. This has proved to me that I have the power to put my flesh in submission and allow the spirit of truth to have full reign in my life. I am thankful for your insight on how to maintain the fast. I am sure this will change my eating habits going forward, after all…our bodies are the temple of God. Live Blessed and God Bless!

    April 24, 2014
  22. Hi, I wanted to ask, how to break the fast? Are there any rules so that I would not give my body a shock? Or can I just start eating normally again straight away after the fast? Thank you

    April 22, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Yes, you do need to be careful during the first couple days of “ordinary eating.” To keep your body from rebelling loudly, reintroduce foods slowly. This is especially important when resuming coffee and caffeine, meat, dairy products and sweets. Small portions… are better and easing back into consumption of these foods is strongly advised. I hope this helps, Be Blessed!

      April 26, 2014
  23. Cathy Polan #

    I just finished the Daniel fast for the first time. It was the most amazing experience! Thank you for your daily devotionals and support through your book, the blog and website. May God continue to bless your ministry! Thank you for your obedience to the Lord.

    April 22, 2014
  24. Dee #

    Today is my 4th day and I’m doing fine, thanks to God. I am doing complete reversal of my usual diet of bread, pies, cakes, brownies, candy and everything chocolate. There is no way I could do this without God’s spirit leading me. To deny myself has always been the hardest thing for me, but after preparing and spending time with God, it’s a piece of cake. (did I really say that?) lol

    April 13, 2014
  25. Rebecca #

    I’m on the same day as you are… Day 12 of my first Daniel Fast. I believe, and have experienced, that as I grow closer to God, god’s judgement affects me more and other people’s judgement affects me less. It sounds like your co-worker’s criticism stung, but God knows your heart is right with this!

    April 12, 2014
  26. Mary #

    Today is day 14 of my fasting. This week I had some honest accidental oops but I take this as a learning experience as this is my first time doing the Daniel-fast. Yesterday, I made the comment…”I can’t wait until Easter because I am hungry and ready to have some meat to eat.” A co-worker of mine got after me and said “You should not be counting down the days, that is not what Daniel-fast is about!”
    Am I wrong for saying what I said? I have enjoyed my two weeks of fasting and I have had some struggles (one in particular…..feeling like I am not giving enough time in meditation. I read daily devotionals and I pray daily but is that enough?).
    My heart isn’t focused on everything I am going to eat on Easter, I was just saying Easter Sunday I can’t wait to have a normal meal that will include meat with my family.
    His comment really bothers me.

    April 12, 2014
    • You want this time of fasting to be one where you grow closer to the Lord, learn about yourself and also put the flesh under the authority of the Spirit. It seems you have done that. The keep telling people, “The Daniel Fast is about so much more than the food!” And so with that, I can understand how you may be missing certain foods. For me it’s coffee . . . and there are times when I too look forward to that first cup when I have completed the fast.

      What you would want to question yourself about is if you made a statement like, “I can’t wait till this fast is over so I wont’ have to spend so much time with God.”

      You are fine . . . all is well. Be blessed!

      April 12, 2014
  27. Tori #

    Is it okay too juice the fruits/veggies with a juicer? I can sometimes have a hard time consuming so many veggies at once.

    April 9, 2014
    • The only beverage on the Daniel Fast is water. So make smoothies. Juice can be used in recipes. Also, I encourage you to get to know the fast by studying this site . . . you will be blessed!

      April 9, 2014
      • Tori #

        I just wanted to say I’m on day 4 of my fast and everything is not as bad as I thought it would be. I feel great and really more in tune with the Spirit! My flesh has had its moments but I quickly checked it!

        Anywho, I saw where you posted something a while back about syrup made from heating strawberries on the stove? Are there any more instructions/ingredients for this?

        April 11, 2014
      • Sorry, Tori. I don’t think it was me who would write that kind of post. Syrup would be considered a sweetener, which are not allowed on the Daniel Fast.

        There are a lot of other sites out there and they are more toward feeding the desires of the flesh while on the fast. Check out this article: Daniel Fast

        April 11, 2014
  28. Zelle Thatcher #

    I’m super excited about this site!

    April 8, 2014
  29. I noticed Carrageenan was listed as a food additive to avoid. It is found in the almond milk I’ve been using for my cereal (Kashi 7 Whole Grains-it’s Daniel Fast friendly!). I researched it on the milk’s website and it said it was a natural additive that comes from seaweed. If it is natural and plant based, why is it not allowed on the Daniel Fast?

    April 7, 2014
    • Amy, there are some who question carrageenan and it’s safety. But it seems to be a naturally derived product. I tried to find the post where it was said to not be allowed to check it out. Couldn’t locate it.

      Be blessed!

      April 8, 2014
  30. good day. yesterday is the last day of my 21 days daniel fast…i thank God for He’s with me throughout my journey…He teaches me how to discipline myself, i had a deep relationship with Him, hearing His voice…thank you Susan for writing the book, may God bless you more and may He continue to bless the works of your hands…

    April 6, 2014

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