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Why No Herbal Tea or 100% Juice!

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One of the most frequently asked questions I receive about the Daniel Fast concerns herbal tea. People have a hard time understanding why they can’t have it on the fast, especially if it’s caffeine-free and organic. The same question is asked about fruit and vegetable juice.

The answer is really quite simple and it’s found in Daniel 1:12 where the Prophet’s words are recorded:

“Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink.”

This is the anchor text that says we drink only water on the Daniel Fast. Tea and juice aren’t off the list because they are bad for you. They are off the list because there is no room for juice or tea in “drink only water.”

I hope this helps solve some of the confusion as to why  no other beverages are allowed on the Daniel Fast. When you think “beverage” during the Daniel Fast, you think “water.”

Now, let’s move to a little bit of a complicated matter, and that has to do with “juiced fruit and vegetables” that are allowed on the Daniel Fast. The reason they are listed is because many people have meals of juiced produce. It’s not a beverage . . . it’s a meal. One woman wrote to me today and told me she uses juiced meals when she’s traveling and at work.  But she also accompanies the juiced meal with a beverage . . . which is filtered water. So if you are making meal replacements by juicing fruits and vegetables, then they would be acceptable. It’s a fine line. Juice as a beverage is not allowed . . . liquid meals like smoothies and other plant-based protein drinks are okay.

Water has many benefits . . . including thwarting hunger, helping with detox headaches and cleansing the body. The average adult should drink at least 1/2 gallon of filtered water every day. If this is a new practice for you, you will be very surprised by the benefits you experience.

236 Comments Post a comment
  1. Chris #

    I’ve been on the Daniel fast for two days now! I was wondering can u have intimacy during this fast if your married? Thanks and be blessed

    February 27, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Chris,
      If a couple decides together to abstain from marital relations then you may choose to make this an element of your fasting experience, but it is not a requirement of the Daniel Fast. The Bible teaches that it must be a joint decision. See our FAQ. Be blessed!

      February 27, 2014
  2. Bonnie #

    You mention that you can use soy milk, but that would gag me. Can I put almond milk on my cereal (oat bran) instead, if it’s unsweetened and chemical free?

    February 10, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Any plant based milk that is unsweetened and additive free is allowed on cereal and to use in recipes.

      February 11, 2014
  3. Keith #

    I have one challenge with the “water only” position as it relates to the fast. In Daniel 10, the actual fast, the prophet states that he drank no wine. However, in explaining why it’s water only, the reference used is in Daniel 1 when the prophet and the three Hebrews refused the kings’ meat. That isn’t related to the fast. Now I do believe that restricting beverages, particularly caffeine, sweeteners, etc., is good fasting practice, I don’t see a direct correlation between Daniel 1 and Daniel 10 especially as it relate to herbal teas (which have cleansing properties) and green teas. 100% fruit juices? If you believe that wine was from the fruit of the vine, then perhaps a restriction on grape or other berry juices could be justified more easily than a position against orange, apple, pear, etc.

    Thanks!

    January 17, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Keith,
      Keep in mind we are not trying to recreate the prophets fasting/mourning experiences, but using them as guidelines for a partial fast appropriate for this day and culture.
      For a general overview: There are two anchoring scriptures for the Daniel Fast: Daniel 1 and Daniel 10. In Daniel 1 the Prophet ate only vegetables (that would have included fruits and foods grown from seed) and drank only water. So from these scriptures we get two of the guidelines for the fast:
      1. Eating only Fruits, Vegetables, Pulse: Pulse is food grown from seed . . . corn, potatoes, wheat, rice, fruit, all whole grains (even whole grain flours and pastas) and the like are all considered grown from seed.
      2. Water only for a drinking 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 leavening 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. When asked about the eating plan on the Daniel Fast, I often say it is a “vegan diet with even more restrictions.” Be sure to read the ingredients on labels of prepared foods to make sure they only include Daniel Fast friendly ingredients.
      I do encourage you to go into deeper study about the Daniel Fast. If you are interested in learning more about the fast, you might want to get a copy of The Daniel Fast where Susan Gregory goes into great depth about fasting and the Daniel Fast in particular (some recipes are included as well). You also will find a wealth of information about the Daniel Fast on this blog and on my website at http://www.Daniel-Fast.com. All the resources you need for a successful and biblical Daniel Fast are here. If you go to http://www.daniel-fast.com and enter your email address you can order your copy of the Daniel Fast Guidelines as well as the Meal Planning Guide, and they will be emailed back to you. I hope this helps!

      January 17, 2014
      • Sarah #

        Thanks this was nice

        January 24, 2014
  4. MH #

    I’m used to having a laxative tea because of my digestive system. what are your suggestions?

    January 14, 2014
    • It’s very likely that you won’t need this type of tea because the Daniel Fast has so much fiber. I encourage you to try the fast (following the plan in the Daniel Fast Book) and see how it works for a few days. This may be your healing for that health issue.

      If for some wild reason it doesn’t work . . . then use the tea for a special medical need.

      Be blessed!

      January 18, 2014
  5. Margaret Ramirez #

    I’m new to this and was just reading all the comments. I’m diabetic, and have been for 6 years. What would you recommend I do? Any suggestions?

    January 13, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Margaret,
      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. However, we encourage you to take a copy of the guidelines to your doctor and together plan out the modifications to the eating plan that are needed for your optimal health during your fast.
      Malt-O-Meal: I’m not familiar with the ingredients of Malt-O-Meal, it’s all about the Ingredients though, so check them out. Here’s some breakfast ideas for you: Muesli, some varieties of Ezekiel brand and some varieties of Shredded Wheat, ex: http://www.arrowheadmills.com/product/shredded-wheat-cereal There are also several other Daniel fast friendly cereals found in the Natural Foods section of grocery stores or at Health Food stores (make sure to read the ingredients list first though). And…then there’s always good Old Fashioned Oatmeal. An alternative to a cream of wheat (not allowed due to it not being stripped and no longer a whole grain) type hot cereal would be Bob’s Red Mill Creamy Wheat (only whole wheat as the ingredient).
      Some additional breakfast ideas are Rice cakes (made with brown rice) with peanut butter and raisins and/or sliced bananas, Fruit/vegetable smoothies with unsweetened plant based milk, Sautéed apples in coconut oil with brown rice, breakfast burritos (wraps) with rice, beans and stir-fried veggies.
      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!

      January 14, 2014
  6. Gloria Chowe #

    Hi just wanted to find out if l can have cous cous I’m in day 11 of my Daniel’s Fast and lm doing great. It’s difficult but l am not giving up no matter how bad the temptations get.

    January 11, 2014
    • You can find whole grain couscous. Otherwise, no as most typical couscous is made from white flour (not allowed on the Daniel Fast).

      Be blessed!

      January 18, 2014
  7. Noel #

    Is the Daniel Fast basically a vegan diet? Sans the sweets and juices?

    January 10, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Noel,
      Yes, the Daniel Fast is like a “Vegetarian…. Plus More Restrictions” way of eating. There’s several things that a vegetarian and even a vegan can eat that are avoided while on the fast…Such as: no sweeteners of any kind, no leavening (yeast, baking powder/soda) and yes this even covers whole grain leavened breads, no caffeine – coffee/teas, no chemical food additives and preservatives. Then there’s the obvious: no animal products, no seafood, no dairy products. As well as, no breads with leavening (yeast, baking soda, or baking powder)… However, only Whole Grain flours etc, Whole grain tortillas/flat breads are allowed (with Daniel Fast friendly ingredients). No caffeine (coffee, tea etc.), Water is the Only drinking beverage. I hope this helps!

      January 17, 2014
  8. Lorraine #

    Is it okay to Chinese rice noodles on the Daniel fast?

    January 10, 2014
    • If the ingredients comply with the Daniel Fast then they would be find. Make sure they are made from whole grain rice.

      Be blessed!

      January 18, 2014
  9. Lorraine #

    HI,i Have been praying for over 10 years to see a break through for my daughter. Her life appear to be spinning out of control even at a dangerous level. I have prayed, fast, but my strength seem to be weaken. Many say stand and quote scriptures but the truth of the matter is I have like job done these things. I so need a complete healing in her life. I don’t understand the war fare being so intense for so long. Desperate in need of help!!!!!

    January 10, 2014
    • I know this can be a challenge for your mother’s heart. I encourage you to keep praying and ask God to keep His hand of protection on her as she is being so rebellious. As hard as it is, try to give her up to God and then trust in Him. I am not saying that is easy. I have been through similar struggles. Continue to love her . . . support her in positive ways . . . and be the love of Christ to her. She is blind now . . .

      Be blessed!

      January 18, 2014
  10. Neva Ramirez #

    Started today and really i have never done this .I need someone to walk me through it . If someone can help me i appreciate it .

    January 9, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Neva,
      Here is a general food list to help you: All fruits, All vegetables, All whole grains, All Nuts and seeds, All legumes, All quality oils.
      Beverages: spring water, distilled water or other pure waters, and yes, tap water is good, if that is all you have available.
      MISC Items: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.
      For a complete list 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. Also, if you to go to http://www.daniel-fast.com/about.html there is a wealth of recipes, and spiritual aids to help prepare, strengthen, and guide you on your journey.
      We are standing in agreement with you for God’s very best in your life! Be Blessed on your Journey!!

      January 17, 2014
  11. Nkhensy #

    I experienced some of the detox symptoms this morning and I actually thought I was coming down with something hectic. Thanks for clearing the fact that this is normal. I was also unsure about honey but my question has been answered. Please help me: In Daniel 1, it says he fasted 10 days, then in Daniel 10, it says he fasted three weeks. Which fast is the Daniel Fast; the one you are you referring to?

    January 8, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      The Daniel Fast is a type of fast based on the “combined” fasting experiences of the prophet (Daniel 1:12 & 10:3) along with typical Jewish fasting principles. Of which, Susan Gregory has spent years researching the Daniel Fast. The two foundational scriptures for the fast are: Daniel 1:12 “Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.” Pulse is food grown from seed . . . corn, potatoes, wheat, rice, fruit and the like are all considered grown from seed, (also Water only, no dairy/meat).
      Dan. 10:3 – “I ate no pleasant or desirable food, nor did any meat or wine come into my mouth; and I did not anoint myself at all for the full three weeks”. I hope this helps.

      January 14, 2014
  12. shoghig #

    I want to do the Daniel fast but doc said my iron was low and I need to eat more red meat. How do you recommend I attempt this??

    January 7, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Shoghig,
      You need to be intentional with Iron rich foods while on the Fast
      Dark, leafy greens (spinach, collards)
      Dried fruit (prunes, raisins)
      Iron-enriched cereals and grains (check the labels)
      Beans, lentils, chick peas and soybeans
      Artichokes
      And here’s a tip: If you eat iron-rich foods along with foods that provide plenty of vitamin C, your body can better absorb the iron. Add to these foods your healthcare providers instructions and you’ll do fine. Be Blessed!

      January 17, 2014
  13. Michelle #

    I understand completly about not drinking tea’s or juice, soda, etc…what about fresh juice made at home with a juicer? Thank you in advance for your help.

    January 3, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Michelle,
      Simply juicing fruits/vegetables get’s into a grey area and could be a bit too close to drinking juice rather than a smoothie as a meal replacement. Blended fruits and vegetables (made more hearty like Smoothies) are considered a “meal replacement” and these are allowed on the Daniel Fast again as a meal replacement. If this is something you are still questioning, I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit for His instruction for what is right for you. I hope this helps, Be Blessed on your fast!

      January 10, 2014
  14. Judy #

    Started my fast today, are dried fruits ok? Raisins, prunes? Praying for vision on 2014, to be salt and light to those my life comes in contact with, keeping my focus on Jesus

    January 2, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Yes all dried fruits are fine, just make sure there is no additves or sweeteners added. Be Blessed!

      January 6, 2014
  15. alicia shoemate #

    What lemon water? is it ok to drink while fasting..

    January 1, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      A slice or splash of lemon in water is fine. I hope this helps!

      January 7, 2014
  16. Leah DeLaune #

    I started the fast on December 1, 2013. I am on day four and so very tired. I can hardly put one foot in front of the other. Any suggestions?

    December 4, 2013
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Leah,
      Increase your water intake. Fatigue, is a very common symptom of detoxing (from caffeine, sugar and/or chemical additives)… it is a normal side effect of a natural body cleanse through whole foods and water. With that said…Increase your water intake. These symptoms (headaches, fatigue, cramps, joint pain to name a few) will pass in a few days (3-7)… OR more. The more extreme the buildup 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: 160lbs = 80 oz. of water daily. Add to that amount if you are experiencing any extreme conditions such as exposure to warm weather, cold weather, physical exercise or Detox. So, drink lot’s of Water! Also, pay close attention to your protein intake and eat plenty of Protein Rich Foods: All Nuts and Peanut butter (any nut butters), Whole grains, Legumes and Leafy Dark Green Vegetables, to learn more go to: http://vegetarian.about.com/od/healthnutrition/tp/protein.htm And, for a quick pick me up snack on fresh fruit. I hope this helps, Be Blessed on your Fast!

      December 5, 2013
      • Thanks for info

        December 5, 2013
  17. Debbie #

    hello, considering a Daniel fast seriously for 8 days (off a day or two then back on for 10 more days) glad I researched the herb tea Q. and A. posted here w/ cooberating scripture. Thx. The juice Q & A. helpful too. Thx for this blog! blessings! Praying for a complete work in our family by the Lord(with mercy!) & our closer relationship to HIM* want my spiritual ears open to hear The LORD clearly again- as I have moved away from Him somewhat (who moves when we don’t hear Him? NOT HIM.) Christmas time parties etc…bday celebration etc… all in the way in December- a harder time to do this. BUT! What “time” is convienent?!

    December 1, 2013
  18. Linda #

    Linda,

    I will be fasting tomorrow for my marriage. I praying for reconciliation and counsel for us both. Praying that my husband will return home. please pray for us.

    November 14, 2013
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Linda, we are standing in agreement with you, over you and your marriage according to Ephesians 3:19-21 “….to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever”. Psalm 147 :3 Isaiah 61:1 Luke 4:18 Be Blessed on your Journey!

      November 18, 2013
  19. barbara king #

    I’m interested in the Daniel fast and would truly like to do it with accuracy how can I do it successfully please help!!!

    October 15, 2013
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Barbara,
      Number one, do your homework and get as familiar with the fast as possible. Here are a few of the most critical areas for you to know.

      Preparation: Spending as much time as possible getting familiar with the fast will serve you well in being prepared to experience a successful fast. This site as well as the Daniel fast site has an abundance of information available.
      a) Weaning Foods Out: Begin a week or two prior to your fast to wean yourself off of coffee, this will minimize the symptoms of detox. In addition; Increase Water intake now!
      b) Familiarize them with the symptoms of the Detox process.
      Detox can create a number of symptoms in your body as your body goes through the process of purifying itself and eliminating toxins. Some common detox symptoms include: • headaches •lethargy •temporary muscle aches •mucus or other discharge •a coated, pasty tongue •flu-like symptoms •irritability •difficulty sleeping •weakness •cravings •nausea •constipation •diarrhea, and can last 3-5 days which is the average and in some extreme cases up to 10 days. The more extreme the buildup of toxins in your body(toxins are caused by coffee, caffeine, additives and sweeteners) the more extreme your symptoms and length of time to complete your bodies detoxification. Flushing your system with water will ease your discomfort and speed up the detox process.

      WATER: As a general guideline, your body needs half its body weight in ounces of water per day, i.e.: 160lbs = 80 oz. of water daily
      Ending the Fast: You 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.

      For a complete list 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. Also, if you to go to http://www.daniel-fast.com/about.html there is a wealth of recipes, and spiritual aids to help prepare, strengthen, build up and encourage you in your journey. I hope this helps, Be Blessed on your Fast!

      October 22, 2013
  20. Teresa #

    I am curious about tofu. I’m sure Daniel didn’t eat tofu. Soy has not always been something people eat and there has been some recent controversy about the health aspects of eating soy products. ..so just wondering. Thanks!

    October 4, 2013
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Teresa,
      Keep in mind we are not trying to recreate the prophets fasting/mourning experiences, but using them as guidelines for a partial fast appropriate for this day and culture. The Daniel Fast guidelines are plant based and free of sweeteners and additives. Since tofu is plant based, if it is also free of additives and sweeteners it would be an option for some, but only for those who do not find it controversial. I hope this helps, Be Blessed on your fast!

      October 4, 2013

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