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Daniel Fast Guidelines

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

Get an immediate download of the Daniel Fast Guidelines at www.Daniel-Fast.com

The Daniel Fast is a plant-based partial fast. It is based on the Prophet Daniel when he was under the rule of Babylonian kings for their personal service. Daniel recorded three occasions of fasting, though he likely fasted many more times since he was a man of God.

Daniel 10:2, 3 is where we find the model for the 21-day Daniel Fast. From this passage, a guidelines have developed over the years, primarily by Christians who use this as a form of fasting. The Daniel Fast has grown in popularity over the last 3 or 4 years as it’s been championed by Pastor Jentezen Franklin of Gainesville, GA.

No Pleasant Food: This would include breads, sugars and sweet foods.

No Meat: All animal products are restricted on the Daniel Fast. That includes meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products (milk, eggs, cheese, butter, etc.)

No Wine: This restriction, coupled with previous fasts where Daniel drank only water (which is typical for biblical fasting), is where today’s Daniel Fast finds its roots for water only. Fruit and vegetable juices are acceptable.

See The Daniel Fast Food List for more details.

For a collection of recipes and menu plans that will take you through an entire 21-day Daniel Fast, click here.

Spiritual Fasting: The Daniel Fast is a restriction of food for spiritual purposes. So the fast addresses not only the body, but also ones spirit and soul.

See these two posts for more information about Spiritual Fasting:

Spirit, Soul and Body

The Daniel Fast is Always a Spiritual Fast

For more complete information about the Daniel Fast (and to have all the information easily accessible) consider The Daniel Fast for the Body Soul and Spirit.

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  1. Luba Turczak #

    I’m day four into my fast (I’m Byzantine Catholic and we started Lend on Monday) and was finding myself too focused on the food, so I prayed for help this morning and low and behold, I got an email from Susan, God does hear and answer prayer. Thanks so much for all the good advice and information on your site. God Bless you and everyone else doing the Daniel Fast.

    March 6, 2014
  2. Jamal #

    Thank You for this site. I just completed the Daniel fast and truly would’ve been confused on what could be eaten. I had this site bookmarked an I would visit the stores with the web page opened to reference. My spirit and faith are much stronger in The Lord..
    Thanks Again

    March 1, 2014
  3. marg is multi vitamins allowed

    February 16, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      It’s always best to get your nutritional needs met from the food you eat. If you are not getting enough of something that is when you want to add supplements, and then make sure it’s free of additives and sweeteners. I hope this helps!

      March 4, 2014
  4. Myrna #

    Hi
    Are nuts allowed as a snack?

    February 10, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Yes, all nuts and seeds are allowed…if, the ingredients are free of additives and sweeteners. Be Blessed!

      February 11, 2014
  5. Kenzie #

    Hi! So I’m on a basketball team and my season won’t be over until the end of next week. Do you think it would be safe for me to go ahead and start my fast or should I wait until the season is over? I don’t want to pass out on the court or black out in practice. Is there anything specific I should eat or drink that could prevent me from getting weak or having fatigue?

    February 4, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Kenzie,
      You can exercise while on the fast. Depending on how rigorous your work out is, you may need to consider modifying the fast to match your routine by adding some plant based protein powder to a fruit/veggie smoothie, and…. if REALLY extreme (like marathon training) some occasional fish and chicken. Since you are so close to the end of the season (it might prove wise to just wait and start when you are done). However, above all I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit for His direction in this. Be Blessed!

      February 4, 2014
  6. Julia #

    I am on day 3 and I am really tired, how long does that last?

    January 16, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Julia, increase your water intake! Your body is going through the detox process from caffeine, sugar and/or chemicals. These symptoms (headaches, fatigue, cramps, and even joint pain to name a few) will pass in a few days (3-7) or more. The more extreme the build up of the toxins in your body, the more extreme your symptoms and length of time to complete your detox. Meanwhile, flushing your system with water will ease your discomfort and speed up the detox process. As a general guideline, your body needs half its body weight in ounces of water per day, ie: 180lbs = 90 oz. of water daily. Add to that amount if you are experiencing any extreme conditions such as exposure to warm weather, cold weather, exercise or Detox. So, drink lot’s of Water! I hope this helps!

      January 29, 2014
  7. Kimberly #

    Am I understanding correctly that there are no limits to the amount of the listed foods that can be eaten in one sitting or throughout the day?

    January 15, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Kimberly,
      Well….. There are no scriptures in the Daniel Fast that specify the amount of food (portion size) or even number of times per day to eat during the fasting period. However, keep in mind that this is a fast and portion control and eating sensibly to be comfortably full is appropriate. So eating three “moderate” meals and two “small” snacks a day should be the goal. Be Blessed!

      January 23, 2014
  8. CC #

    HI! I was wondering if Nutritional Yeast is acceptable? It is INACTIVE dry yeast and is often found in Vegan products and used as a condiment. It is a very good source of Vitamin B. Thanks!

    January 9, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi CC,
      Yes, nutritional yeast is deactivated and no longer a leavening product it is allowed on the fast. Be Blessed on your fast!

      January 14, 2014
  9. Vicki #

    I am getting ready to fast on 1 Nov. I am a diabetic and normally when my blood sugar plummets to below 65 I eat 15 skittles and it normally rises. Do you have any suggestions as to what would be a quick acting substitute in case that happens?? Most fruit takes too long to get into my blood stream.

    thanks.

    October 23, 2013
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Vicky,
      Many people with Type 2 diabetes are able to balance their blood sugar levels with the food they eat and can soon eliminate or drastically reduce the meds they take. The same is true with insulin-dependent diabetics – often able to greatly reduce the amount of insulin necessary to balance their BS levels.

      You will want to make sure to eat foods that are “low on the glycemic index” and not sugary fruits. Of course you want to take the advice of your health professional, And access your own knowledge. But you can get plenty of protein in other ways than nuts and peanut butter. Again, Whole grains, legumes and leafy green vegetables are excellent sources of protein To learn more go to: http://vegetarian.about.com/od/healthnutrition/tp/protein.htm.. Also, you will want to eat complex carbohydrates rather than simple carbohydrates. They are processed very differently in the body.

      I encourage you to take a copy of the Daniel Fast Guidelines to your Health Care Provider and together make the required modifications (including skittle replacement options) to your fast.
      You can order a copy of the Daniel Fast Guidelines by going to http://www.daniel-fast.com and enter your email address, they will be emailed back to you. Be BLESSED on your Journey!

      November 5, 2013
  10. Melissa #

    HI,
    IS RICE AND WHOLEMEAL FLOUR ALLOWED?

    October 12, 2013
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Melissa,
      Rice is allowed, but it must be a whole grain rice such as brown or wild rice (white rice has been stripped and is no longer a whole grain, so it’s not allowed).
      Wholemeal flour is milled from 100% whole grains, so it’s fine for the fast (adds texture and taste to your recipes). Be Blessed on your fast!

      October 13, 2013

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