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2008 Daniel Fast for Body, Soul and Spirit — $4.95

The 2008 Daniel Fast for Body, Soul and Spirit – $4.95Daniel Fast for Body Soul & Spirit

Available now for immediate download

This 54-page Daniel Fast eBook was written especially for Christian men and women who want meaning and depth to their Fast by prayerful preparation and daily journaling. The eBook includes:

  • Daniel Fast Guidelines
  • Daniel Fast Food Lists
  • Meal Planning Forms
  • Daniel Fast Recipes and Menus (updated with the weekly Daniel Fast Newsletter).
  • How to Prepare your Spirit
  • How to Prepare Your Soul
  • How to Prepare You Body
  • Journal pages to capture your reflections and insights
  • Food log to track your food and water intake
  • Fasting tips
  • Prayers and Meditations
  • Meditations and valuable insights to assure your success for the Daniel Fast.
  • Plus, a free subscription to the Daniel Fast Newsletter so you can learn of miracles, answered prayer, fasting tips, recipes, and other interesting information about the Daniel Fast

And more valuable information that will assure your success for the Daniel Fast. Included with the purchase of The 2008 Daniel Fast for Body, Soul and Spirit is ongoing email follow-ups with recipes, fasting tips, prayers, news about miracles and answered prayer and other Daniel Fast Resources.

Perhaps one of the best benefits of this eBook is that you will learn ways to walk in the spirit and separate from the flesh, just like the Scriptures call us to do. This eBook will help you focus and bring meaning and depth to your fasting experience.

The 2008 Daniel Fast for Body, Soul and Spirit is now available in the eBook form for the low cost of just $4.95

Peanut Butter and the Daniel Fast

Peanut butter is a great source of protein while on the Daniel Fast. You’ll want to read the label when you purchase peanut butter for the fast to make sure it’s free of sugar and chemicals. Look for 100% Peanut Butter. There are several brands.

My favorite is Adams Natural Peanut Butter. Granted, you need to keep their products stirred, but that’s one of the prices of not having hydrogenated shortening in your peanut butter. I would far prefer to stir!

I’ve used this peanut butter for more than 35 years! I love the flavor and it contains peanuts. No more, no less. Just peanuts, which makes it a perfect Daniel Food ingredient for some sauces and for using with celery or other vegetables.

Tofu and the Daniel Fast

Most people will fast on the Daniel Fast for 21 days. Since the fast restricts all animal products, this is a good time to consider other sources of protein, including beans and rice and tofu! Tofu! I can almost hear readers now as their face scrunches and horror enters their culinary imagination!

But tofu has gotten a bad rap. Poor thing! Admittedly, tofu’s flavor is very bland, but that’s because tofu is designed to absorb the flavors of the food it is cooked with. But this nutritional powerhouse is so misunderstood! Tofu is rich in calcium, iron and B Vitamins, and loaded with isoflavones – the plant hormones that researchers believe may help fight off cancer-causing cells and reduce heart disease.

Despite its critics, tofu has a lot going for it.

What is Tofu? Also known as soybean curd, (tofu is the Japanese name for soybean curd; the Chinese name is doufu) tofu is made from soybeans, water, and a coagulant such as calcium or magnesium. The process is very similar to making cheese.

Nutritional Benefits: Tofu is high in calcium, iron and B vitamins, but low in fat and sodium. Tofu is an excellent source of protein, not only for vegetarians, but also for individuals who have trouble digesting meat, or suffer from medical conditions such as chronic heartburn. Tofu also has been credited with offering protection against diseases such as cancer and osteoporosis.

How Does Tofu Taste? There is no question that, served alone, tofu tastes rather bland. But tofu is not meant to be eaten alone. Tofu is like a large white sponge that absorbs the flavors of the food it is cooked with.

Types of Tofu: There are two types of tofu: regular and silken. Regular tofu comes in a variety of textures, from firm to extra firm (fairly dense and solid) to soft tofu (more like a soft cheese). Originating in Japan and made through a process that has more in common with making yogurt than cheese, silken tofu has a creamy, custard-like texture. It also comes in varying degrees of firmness.

Which Tofu to Use: When it comes to regular tofu, the firmer tofu are recommended for stir-fries and grilling, while soft tofu works well in soups. Normally, a recipe will specify which type of tofu to use – if not, it’s safest to stick with medium firmness.
Silken tofu is great for blended dishes like pudding, dressings, and purees. A recipe will nearly always state when silken tofu is required. Silken tofu is an excellent base for sauces.

Shopping for Tofu: Most grocery stores keep tofu in the produce section’s refrigeration case. The firmer tofu generally comes in brick packages, while softer dessert tofu come in plastic containers. You can also find tofu in aseptically packaged containers that don’t require refrigeration in other sections of the store.
In Asian markets, Chinese tofu may be sold in plastic containers or loose in bins filled with water.

Storing Tofu: Like any perishable product, you need to check the package of tofu for an expiry date.  If the tofu hasn’t reached its expiry date but still smells sour, throw it out or return to the store for a refund. Also, depending on the type of packaging, the tofu may need to be refrigerated immediately. Once you’ve opened the package of tofu cover the leftover portions with water and store it in the refrigerator. For best results, change the water daily. Also, it’s best to use distilled instead of regular tap water. The tofu should last for up to a week.

Draining and Marinating Tofu: Before cooking you will want to drain the liquid from the tofu. This practice increases the tofu’s capacity to absorb other flavors, making for a more flavorful dish.

Here is a simple and clean way to drain the tofu: place a dishtowel or several layers of paper toweling on a cookie sheet with a raised edge. Then place the amount of tofu called for in your recipe. Place a plate or other flat item on top of the tofu and then set a heavy bowl of water atop that surface. The weight will squeeze the water from the tofu in about 15 minutes.  Change the towel or toweling if necessary.
Another way to increase the tofu’s flavor is to marinate it. For best results, use extra firm tofu that has been drained. The longer the tofu is marinated, the more flavor it will absorb. After marinating, you can fry the tofu, bake it, or add it to a soup or salad. You can store the pre-prepared or leftover marinated tofu in a sealed container in the refrigerator. You will want to use it within 3 – 4 days.

Freezing Tofu: Freezing tofu gives it a more meaty texture. The regular to extra firm tofus are better for freezing, as the softer varieties don’t hold their shape as well. To add even extra firmness to the tofu, drain it before freezing. Frozen tofu will last for at least three, and up to five, months.

Food Savers: I am a big fan of the Food Saver device that sucks the air out of packages and therefore the food stores for much longer time. The extra firm tofu can be stored in bags whereas the softer tofu will need the container. Either way, it extends the use of your tofu for weeks!

What about Substitutes on the Daniel Fast

These days, you can get a substitute for just about anything. So while on the Daniel Fast, meat is restricted. Does that mean Betty Crocker Bac-os are okay? Sugar is a no-no, but what about stevia which is a natural sweetener?

I found this word of advice from a Rabbi:

“Jewish law is based, in part, on intent. For example, you spill a bit of milk into a huge pot of beef stew. Is the stew then forbidden? If you didn’t intend to ruin it and if the volume of milk is less than 1/60th the volume of the stew, then you can still use the stew. But, if you intended to actually mix a little milk with your stew, then the stew is forbidden regardless of the volume of milk.

“So, if you are eating a product that is a substitute for pork, isn’t your intent really the same as eating pork itself? What will happen when soy-based products are identical to the real thing…if you observe kashrut, will it be OK to eat all the soy bacon, sausage and ham you want?”

I thought that was good “food for thought.” Again, your Daniel Fast is between you the Lord. So He’s the final guidance for you. But to fully adhere to the Daniel Fast and its intents (which is a partial fast from foods for a spiritual purpose) it seems substitutes are not allowed.

How about honey and syrup on the Daniel Fast?

Another question I get is about natural sweeteners on the Daniel Fast, including honey and maple syrup.

The Daniel Fast is based on the fasting experiences of the prophet in Daniel 1 and in Daniel 10, along with typical Jewish fasting principles. In Daniel 10:3 we learn this: “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.”

From this verse is the boundary on sweeteners. So no sweeteners are allowed on the Daniel Fast, including honey, sugar, agave nectar, cane juice or the like.

Pray about the fast and how the Lord would call you to restrict foods. His guidance should be your final decision.

Also, take a few minutes to read this recent post: http://danielfast.wordpress.com/2011/01/09/daniel-fast-its-so-much-more-than-the-food/

Daniel Fast and Spices

First off, all natural herbs and spices are acceptable on the Daniel Fast. In fact, making food more flavorful also helps it to be more satisfying and therefore meeting certain hunger needs our brain and body possess.

What is not acceptable? Those flavorings hiding in spice and herb bottles pretending to be what they are NOT! In other words, stay away from all the artificial stuff — MSG, bacon bits, butter buds, and the like.  Read the labels and if there is any chemical on the listing, just put it back on the shelf (or into the garbage)!

This one word of caution — as you proceed through the fast, your body is cleansing itself. Your taste-buds may become more sensitive and therefore may not need as much salt, seasoning, or flavoring.

So keep this in mind while your are fasting. On one hand you want to increase spices and herbs to make the dishes more flavorful. But at the same time you need to make sure you season and salt “to taste” since those little buds are in transition.

Is Dairy on the Daniel Fast?

I’ve been asked this question a few times, and the answer is, “No.” The typical Daniel Fast is void of all animal products, so that would leave out meat, poultry, fish, eggs, cheese, milk, butter and all other dairy products.

Many people, who “just can’t live without their milk” turn to soy if they want to adhere strictly to the Daniel Fast Food List. I use an organic soy milk that is “unsweetened” as most brands include sugar or “cane juice,” which is sugar before it is processed into its granulated form.

Hungry for cheese, meat or chicken? A great substitute is tofu (made from soy). If you have never tried tofu, the Daniel Fast may be a good time to give it a go! Most tofu is pretty bland and picks up the flavors of the accompanying foods, flavorings or sauces. So tofu is an excellent substitute for meat and cheese. Search this weblog for both “soy” and “tofu” to find recipes using these ingredients.

Daniel Fast for Better Health

The primary purpose of the Daniel Fast is not to lose weight or improve your physical health. Rather, the Daniel Fast is like all other fasts –refraining from food for a spiritual purpose. If you are entering the fast without a spiritual intent, then you are going on a “diet.” Nothing wrong with diets! But a diet is not a fast, even though the terms seem to be synonymous these days. Fasting is a spiritual exercise that involves the abstention of food. The Daniel Fast is a “partial fast” since one does not refrain from eating, but rather from eating specific foods, but still for a spiritual purpose.

With that said, the Daniel Fast is what I like to call “the whole body experience.” Why? Because while you will gain in your spirit and your soul from the Daniel Fast, you will surely improve your body’s health, as well. That’s because the foods on the Daniel Fast are easy on the body and allows is to function in an optimum manner.

You can review the Food List for the Daniel Fast and see foods to eat include only fruits, vegetables, and water. Foods to avoid completely are sugar, processed foods, dairy products, caffeine, and alcohol and of course, meat. These are all foods that hinder the body from optimum health.

While on the Daniel Fast, your body will experience a certain level of detoxification. It will purge itself of many of the impurities and toxins in its system. While the first few days you might feel a little sluggish, you will most likely experience an increase of energy in the second week.

As you plan your Daniel Fast menus, consider the health benefits of the foods you include.

Here are just some of the benefits from specific foods:

Artichokes
Artichokes contain plant compounds known as caffeoylquinic acids, which increase the flow of bile and help to digest fats.

Beans
Beans are an excellent source of protein and actually one of the best foods to cleanse your colon and aid digestion.

Beets
Beets contain betaine, which promotes the regeneration of liver cells and the flow of bile. It also has a beneficial effect on fat metabolism.

Broccoli
Broccoli and other members of the brassica family (cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, kohlrabi) support the liver’s detoxification enzymes.

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Food sources of vitamin C and glutathione, which are essential for detox.

Protein
Protein is required by the liver for detox. Beans, nuts, seeds, and quinoa. are just a few that you can add to your menus.

Onions and Garlic
Onions and garlic are rich in sulfur-containing compounds. Involved in sulfation, the main detox pathway for environmental chemicals and certain drugs and food additives. Helps with the elimination of harmful heavy metals from the body.

Southwestern Corn and Black Bean Salad

This bean, corn and nuts in this salad combine to create 19 grams of protein per serving. This is a very flavorful salad and easy to make ahead.

1 1/2 cups corn kernels (fresh or frozen)

1/3 cup pine nuts

1/4 cup lime juice

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

2 (14.5 ounce) cans black beans, rinsed

2 cups shredded red cabbage

1 large tomato, diced

1/2 cup minced red onion

Freshly ground pepper and salt to taste just before serving.

Place pine nuts in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat and cook, stirring, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Whisk lime juice, oil, cilantro, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add the corn, pine nuts, beans, cabbage, tomato and onion; toss to coat. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Yield: 4 servings

Barley and Black Bean Salad

This is a very easy and quick recipe. Beans and barley make a complete protein, so this is an excellent meal when eating a meatless diet. Each serving has 12 grams of protein.

1 cup barley, cooked according to package directions

1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed

1/2 cup corn (thawed if frozen)

1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro

2 tablespoons lime juice

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Pinch of cayenne pepper

Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Combine cooked barley, beans, corn, cilantro, lime juice, oil, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Serve on bed of chopped or torn lettuce.

Yield: 4 servings

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