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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. Corina Smith #

    Please keep me and family in your prayers to fulfill the blessings of this special Daniel fast time…

    April 6, 2011
  2. Kim #

    I am just about to get started on the 21 day fast. I was wondering what can be used instead of butter for something such as a baked potato?
    Thank You

    April 6, 2011
  3. Linda #

    Hello, what about balsamic vinegar and wine vinegar, are they allowed?
    Thank you for all your help and patience.

    Linda

    April 6, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Linda,
      Yes, balsamic vinegar and wine vinegar are allowed on the fast. I hope this helps!

      April 6, 2011
  4. Majorie #

    Thanks for doing this. I have been on the fast since Sunday and have made it stricter than what is needed. For example, the guidelines my church gave us says no milk. As I am reading this, I see soymilk is exceptable. That is all we drink. Of course, I will read the label when I get home, but I am so much more encouraged after reading this blog. I have had a couple slip ups but now knowing more of what I ‘can’ have will help take the focus off of what I ‘can’t’ have. Be blessed.

    April 6, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Marjorie,
      As a clarification, the only drinking beverage is water. Unsweetened plant based milks are allowed in recipes and in cereals. If you don’t have one already you can order a copy of the Daniel Fast Guidelines by going to http://www.daniel-fast.com Enter your email address and they will be emailed back to you, this is a great resource to have on hand while on your fast. Be Blessed on your Fast!

      April 6, 2011
  5. I’m on Day 4 of the fast and doing well so far. I had read in the book about possible headaches, backaches, leg cramps and fatigue and last night, I woke up in the middle of the night and the upper thigh area on both of my legs had a very deep ache. It was painful enough to interfere with sleep. Does that most likely fall in with the list above? I did have a bit of a backache yesterday so I’m assuming it’s related. Thanks!

    April 6, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Leslie,
      How’s your water intake? It does sound like detox symptoms, increase your water intake to no less than half your 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 warmer or colder weather, increased physical exercise or if you suspect the detox process. I hope this helps!

      April 7, 2011
  6. jennifer #

    I have combined cinnamon,lemon grass,peppercorns and steep in hot water.Is this allowed? Jen
    P.S.
    I am on day 9#.

    April 5, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Jennifer,
      The only drinking beverage on the fast is water. Drinking hot water with a lemon slice or a splash of lemon in it makes it still water with lemon. Adding in additional ingredients to where the line becomes blurred of whether it is now a tea or not, becomes a personal conviction for you to take to the Lord for His direction. I hope this helps, Be Blessed on your Fast!

      April 7, 2011
  7. heather hanssen #

    Hi, I am wondering if the naked protein smoothies are allowed? They have no sugar just fruit and soy protien and whey protein.

    April 5, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Heather,
      Yes, fruit and vegetable smoothies are allowed when used as a meal replacement. However, since whey is a dairy product and not allowed on the fast, this one be a good option. You can make your own or continue your search for a prepared product that has ingredients that do comply with the fast. I hope this helps!

      April 7, 2011
  8. Kim #

    Hi Susan, I am on day 3 of my fast. I enjoy eating salads and I want to know if I can use Olive Oil and vinegar dressing for my salad

    April 5, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Kim,
      Yes, olive oil and vinegar are fine for the fast. A prepared dressing that fits the Daniel Fast is Newman’s Own Oil and Vinegar Salad Dressing. There are some additional recipes in the Daniel Fast Cookbooks http://www.daniel-fast.com Be Blessed!

      April 11, 2011
  9. Nikki #

    Hello,

    I am on day 5 of my fast. I’ve been through the headaches and fatigue, but I have also seen God work for me. I’ve noticed my sense of smell has gotten stronger. My eyes are paying attention to foods that I would have never thought about eating. This may be because I can’t eat those foods I really want. I notice that my body really wants the food. I notice that I’m not as hungry as I was when I first started and an orange can fill me up.

    Will I have problems trying to go back to eating my old food when I complete my fast or will I have problems trying to eat a normal sized portion of food?

    I’m in the process of reading The Daniel Fast and I would like to thank you. It helps.

    April 4, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Nikki,
      You may very well notice that some of your old favorites are not as tasty as you remember them, and in most cases that’s not a bad thing. You can take advantage of the oppportunity and continue on in healthier food choices, or just give it time the taste buds have a way of warming back up to the old favorites. It will be the same fo portions, as you reintroduce normal eating with foods gradually the portion sizes will increase as well (that is ‘if’ you want them to). I hope this helps!

      April 14, 2011
  10. lucy #

    God Bless you for allowing Him to use you in such a powerful way!
    Is canned coconut milk allowed? ingredients: coconut, water, guar gum (stabalizer) and sodium
    thanks so much

    April 4, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Lucy,
      Natural, unsweetened plant based milks are allowed on the fast (Coconut, Rice, Almond, Soy, etc.) keep looking for a coconut milk that does not have these in it. I hope this helps!

      April 14, 2011
  11. Kim #

    Hi Susan, I am on day 2 of my fast and I love eating salads but, I don’t know what dressings are appropriate if any. I purchased an Olive Oil and Vinagar dressing and I am wondering if that is okay.

    April 4, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Kim,
      It’s all about what’s in the ingredients. A prepared dressing that fits the Daniel Fast is Newman’s Own Oil and Vinegar Salad Dressing. You can also make your own salad dressings and there are many recipes in the Daniel Fast Cookbooks http://www.daniel-fast.com I hope this helps!

      April 8, 2011
  12. I have a question.I’ve never done a Daniel Fast and our Pastora called for a congregation wide Daniel Fast..Now she told us no grains of any sort, no rice, but said we could have natural fruit juices but many sites I’m seeing different breads, and grains we can have. Not sure which to follow…Also I am geting married June 18th and can’t lose any weight until then. How can I follow the fast and still maintain weight?

    April 4, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Angel,
      I am not sure what type of fast your church is doing, it is either a Daniel Fast with a great amount of modifications to it, or it is a altogether a different type of fast. I encourage you to get a copy of the Daniel Fast Guidelines and prayerfully read through them. If you go to http://www.daniel-fast.com and enter your email address, a copy of the Daniel Fast Guidelines will be emailed back to you. It is very possible to follow the Daniel Fast Guidelines and monitor your caloric intake to be certain that you do not lose any weight while fasting. I hope this helps!

      April 12, 2011
  13. Doris #

    …just beginning the fast and today decided to go to a vegetarian place to eat before seeing the food list. So what about falafel balls that are …here we go…deep fried in an oil, if the place is a certified kosher food place? Have you heard of Maoz restaurant? That is where I ate. Thanks.

    April 4, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Doris,
      The eating plan for the Daniel Fast is ‘like’ a vegan diet and a kosher diet but with more restrictions. Of course, as you know, a fast is much more then a diet. 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. (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. Because of this, we eat no sweeteners of any kind, no deep fried foods and no fancy desserts. We also don’t use any stimulants such as caffeine or alcohol.
      If you don’t have one already 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, this is a great resource to have on hand while on your fast. Be Blessed on your Journey!

      April 12, 2011
  14. Heidi #

    Some items show a 2g sugar but the can says: no sugar added. Those that mean that the sugar came naturally from the tomato? I’m talking about tomato sauce again. is that type of sugar ok in the fast?

    April 4, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Heidi,
      Yes, naturally occurring sugar in food is allowed. ADDED sweeteners of any kind are not allowed (cane juice, honey, stevia, etc.). For example, raisins are very high in natural sugar. They are allowed on the Daniel Fast. However, dried cranberries are very tart, so the food producers add sweetener to them making them NOT allowed on the Daniel Fast. For instance, if your tomato sauce “Ingredients label” does not show any sugar listed but the “Nutrition Facts” shows 2g of sugar, this is then naturally derived sugar and is alright for the fast. The “Ingredients” list is the list that shows what has or hasn’t been added in, and that is the sugar that you are wanting to avoid. I hope this helps!

      April 12, 2011
  15. Haya #

    Hello again,

    I recently came across several organic cereal and soy milk products that contain evaporated cane sugar. Not exactly what the process of “evaporating” is but I have had natural sugar cane from the stalk before. Is this allowed?

    (I have made several attempts to get the food guide/list emailed to me but none have come through).

    Thank you.

    April 4, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Haya,
      Naturally occurring sugar in food is allowed. ADDED sweeteners of any kind natural or artificial are not allowed (cane juice, honey, stevia, etc.). For example, raisins are very high in natural sugar. They are allowed on the Daniel Fast. However, dried cranberries are very tart, so the food producers add sweetener to them making them NOT allowed on the Daniel Fast.
      Here is a general overview of the foods allowed on the fast: 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.
      To order a copy of the Daniel Fast Guidelines go to http://www.daniel-fast.com and enter your email address, they will be emailed back to you. If you don’t recieve them promptly try checking your spam mail or grey mail file to see if they are being re-routed. I hope this helps!

      April 12, 2011
  16. Karen #

    Good morning Susan,
    I too am feeling the effects of not having coffee. However, I will increase my water intake as you suggested to others.
    I am curious to know if I can continue taking my multivitamins, fish oil and Vitamin D while on the Daniel fast?
    Your site and inspirations has been most helpful thus far. Thanks and be blessed.

    April 4, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Karen,
      I encourage you to find supplements that are plant based and free of sweeteners or man-made chemicals. Be Blessed on your Fast!

      April 8, 2011
  17. Denise #

    I have found that whenever I fast and I share that information with someone for whatever reason, and these are usually Christians, there is an attitude of “oh I feel so sorry for you”, “I can’t do that”, or “why”. Because I know they profess Christ, their responses truly annoy and confuse me. They do not stop me because that is not my focus.

    I guess my question is what is the best response in those situations and if possible how can I encourage them without being tuned out?

    April 4, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Denise,
      Great question! Their spiritual growth and journey is the Holy Spirits job. Everyone is at different places spiritually and growing in different areas at different speeds. However, God is faithful, He is the author and developer of our faith, He is the one that is molding and shaping us into the image of Jesus! When asked or comments are made, simply offer up the joy and excitement that You experience when You set aside these times to pursue the Lord through fasting and prayer. Keep it brief but honest! Not to rebuke or put down, but to enlighten and lift up, to raise their awareness so to stir them spiritually to hunger for more! Maybe, even suggest they do a study on fasting? That is when it comes up, other than that it really is best, when possible to keep your times of fasting as a private affair between you and the Lord just to avoid these type of distractions. I hope this helps!

      April 12, 2011
  18. Heidi #

    Hi,

    I have a questions in regards to “artificial preservatives.” How do I know if an item has artificial preservatives if there is no information about it on the label? I assumed “all canned” products have some sort of preservatives, otherwise there wouldn’t be an expiration date. I thought canned foods where available? For example, I bought a tomato sauce but no information on the can shows of any preservatives used. Please answer me this question. Thanks

    April 3, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Heidi,
      The Ingredients Label is where everything is listed that has been added in to the product. Canned foods are allowed, however you do need to read the Ingredients list for each brand (same product, different brands) because one will have additives and another will not. All that to say, if your tomato sauce ingredients list only has food items listed and no “foreign” sounding words, then you have a good tomato sauce to use. I hope this helps!

      April 15, 2011
  19. Amanda #

    Why are fried chips not okay? I thought olive oil was okay? For example, a homemade recipe i found for chips..is to fry cut corn tortillas in olive oil with salt and lime…is that okay?

    April 3, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Amanda,
      Deep frying foods is not allowed on the fast because that is considered a delicacy, light frying (stir-fry type) is allowed. Try brushing corn tortillas with olive oil, season and bake in the oven. I hope this helps!

      April 15, 2011
  20. Pedro Roberto #

    Hi Susan,
    I would like to buy “The Daniel Fast” book, but since I live abroad it takes a long time to arrive to my country. Do you have an electronic ebook version of this book that I could buy?
    Regards,
    Pedro Roberto
    Brazil

    April 3, 2011
  21. Jen #

    Hi, I wanted to share something that really worked for me, as far as coffee withdrawal. I am used to at least a cup or two a day, so I had the worst headache for the first and second day of my fast. Not only the headache, but the craving in the morning for a great cup of coffee…so, instead of reaching for water first thing in the morning, I had a small bowl of cereal (shredded wheat – organic with no added sugar), a few raisins and some Silk soy milk. It really took the edge off – especially since I always add in 1/2&1/2 to my coffee – it satisfies my craving for smooth and creamy coffee just a little, and lets me pursue God by sticking to the fast.
    Hope this helps some of you – the cereal and soy milk actually taste really good too!

    April 3, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Thank you Jen for sharing this. This is a great way to take the focus off of what you’re not having, by starting a completely new routine. Excellent! Thanks again!
      Be Blessed on your Journey!

      April 18, 2011
  22. Karen #

    Hi Susan,

    I am starting the fast tomorrow with my church for 3 weeks. I have a question about salt. Can I have salt? Also, is critc acid okay to consume? I saw that on a hummus label.

    April 2, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Karen,
      Yes, Natural salt is allowed. As is citric acid, it’s a type of vitamin C that is used for a natural preservative, it’s organic and best when “naturally derived.” Good job on the Ingredients label reading! Be Blessed!

      April 15, 2011
  23. Blessings to all, I am very excited to be starting my fast tomorrow, April 3 to finish on Easter Sunday. My purpose (in a nutshell) is to become closer to Jesus and walk in the Spirit. My question is are vitamins and supplements ok, I take a variety (Ocuvite, Krill Oil, Vitamin D-I live in AK, etc.). Thanks for the guidance and prayers.
    Maggie

    April 2, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Akskidogs,
      Yes supplements are allowed, I encourage you to find supplements that is free of sweeteners or man-made chemicals.

      April 11, 2011
  24. Seth #

    I have a question about sugar – I went to Central Market today and bought cereals which have 0 grams of sugar in them and are whole grain cereals, so in that area I think I’m good. My question is regarding the tomato sauce and peanut butter I bought, along with the soy milk I bought on my college campus this morning. The tomato sauce has no added sugars, but there is sugar in the actual sauce (probably because fruits contain sugar, i.e. tomatoes) and the peanut butter also has two grams of sugar per serving (not added sugar – the only ingredients are peanuts). Also, sugar is not in the ingredient listing on my Soy Milk carton either, but I was just wondering if that’s okay for the Daniel Fast – it does have sugar in it, but I don’t think that it was added as a sweetener. Is this okay if sugar is naturally present? Considering that it is naturally present in fruits, which we’re allowed to eat, I thought it would probably be okay, but I wanted to check and be sure.

    One more question I have is about this box of Shredded Wheat I found today – I didn’t buy it, but I would really like to because it’s a great source of fiber and whole grain and protein I believe (whole wheat, shredded wheat, or something to that effect is the only ingredient). However, it is preserved with Vitamin E (tocopherol – which is a chemical, but apparently is a series of organic compounds). Is this okay to buy?

    April 1, 2011
    • Hi Seth – naturally occuring sugar in food is allowed. ADDED sweeteners of any kind are not allowed (cane juice, honey, stevia, etc.).

      For example, raisins are very high in natural sugar. They are allowed on the Daniel Fast. However, dried cranberries are very tart, so the food producers add sweetener to them making them NOT allowed on the Daniel Fast.

      Regarding the Shredded Wheat – this should be a good choice. The ingredients are all fine and “naturally derived” chemicals are fine. It’s the man-made and man-altered substances that don’t work on the Daniel Fast.

      Be blessed!

      April 2, 2011
  25. Angela #

    I’m on day 1 and I have the worst headache ever!!!

    April 1, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Angela,
      Drink Lots of Water! Your body going through detox from caffeine, sugar or chemicals. These symptoms (headaches, fatigue, cramps, joint pain to name a few) will pass in a few days (3-7) Meanwhile, flushing your system with water will ease your discomfort and speed up the detox process.
      As a 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, exercise or Detox. I hope this helps!

      April 1, 2011
  26. Jim Taylor #

    First of all, thank you and the Holy Spirit for this wonderful site where one can learn of this fast. I have never attempted a fast of any kind before. I am an avid Coffee drinker and usually have a bad headache and body aches for a couple of days when I quit caffeine. My fast will begin Sunday, part of a Corporal fast by my church for the lost. I personally am praying for a closer walk with the Lord and finding out his will for me as well as my family who are mostly unsaved. Is it possible to fast for a variety of reasons, or should one fast for one paticular goal? Also I have a problem with migranes anyway and am on perscription medicine for them. I am not sure but I think one of the perscriptions has caffeine. I realize that would be breaking the fast, but if one needs relief from pain this should be an exception. Your thoughts? Thanks
    Jim

    April 1, 2011
    • Hi Jim,

      I hope this is a wonderful experience for you as you draw nearer to the Lord.

      It’s okay to fast for more than just one purpose, however you want to make sure you don’t get spread too thin with your study, prayer and meditation. Part of the fasting experience is learning about the issues for which we are fasting. So you want to make sure you can stay focused so your fast is fruitful.

      Also, regarding medication – you will want to continue with medications. I always tell people to “follow the advice of their earthly physician while praying to the Great Physician.”

      Be blessed as you seek the Lord and all He has for you!

      April 1, 2011
  27. Lindelwa #

    I’m on Day 31 of the fast… Bought Susan’s book last Sunday. Haven’t tried the recipes yet but I’m reading PART ONE, quite encouraging. Thanks Susan and the DF Team. God bless.

    March 31, 2011
  28. Christine #

    Hi, my name is Christine and my question is in regards to cereals. I have recengly discovered vegan cereal by Barbars’s Bakery Puffin Puffs. I enjoy this cereal with SIlk Vanilla Almond Millk. Is this an allowable meal for the Daniel Fast????
    Thank you soooo much for taking the time to answer. Stay blessed!

    Christine

    March 30, 2011
    • Hi Christine,

      You need to read the ingredients to make sure there is no sweetener in the cereal. If all the ingredients comply with the Daniel Fast Guidelines, then using unsweetened Vanilla Almond milk would be fine. You can also add fresh or dried fruit to your cereal.

      Be blessed!

      April 1, 2011
  29. Lisa #

    Hi
    I have a few questions.
    Can I put lemons in hot water to drink my water that way?
    Also, I read somewhere that natural juices are allowed, but I also read that they aren’t. So I couldn’t drink prune juice or make OJ from oranges right?
    And is Psyllium seed or husk allowed?

    March 30, 2011
    • Hi Lisa,

      The only beverage on the Daniel Fast is water (see Daniel 1:12), but water with lemon is fine. It’s still water . . . but when adding ingredients to water changes it over to tea or lemonade or another beverage . . . then it’s not okay of the Daniel Fast.

      Psyllium seed would be fine.

      Be blessed!

      April 1, 2011
  30. Tracy #

    I am on day 3 of the Daniel Fast and the only issue that I am having is a headache every day. I expected this, since I am a coffee drinker. However, can you tell me how many days are normal for this kind of headaches?
    Thank you!

    March 30, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Tracy,
      Drink Lots of Water! You are correct, these are symptoms of withdrawals (headaches, fatigue, cramps, joint pain to name a few) your body going through detox from caffeine, sugar or chemicals. These symptoms will pass in a few days (3-7) 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. I hope this helps!

      April 1, 2011
  31. Renee #

    Are you allowed to eat Morningstar products?

    March 30, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Renee,
      You will find some of the Morningstar products to be Daniel Fast friendly. However, you will still need to read the Ingredients label since they still can have some ingredients included that are not allowed on the fast. I hope this helps!

      April 1, 2011
  32. Amanda #

    Is there any cereal that doesn’t contain sugar? I would like to have cereal and soy milk for breakfast in the mornings, but every cereal I know of has sugar.

    March 30, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Amanda,
      A favorite is Muesli, also for boxed cereals are the Ezekiel brands and some varieties of Shredded Wheat, ex: http://www.arrowheadmills.com/product/shredded-wheat-cereal Also, there are several others found in the Natural Foods section of grocery stores or at Health Food stores, and then there is always good Old Fashioned Oatmeal. Be Blessed!

      March 31, 2011
  33. Will #

    Does anyone know of other name brand items like “Triscuts” that are allowed on the fast? My idea of a recipe is “heat in microwave.” I think that some of the Amy’s brand of soups are allowed and I am looking for other packaged foods to add to my grocery list for snacks or a meal. I was hoping to not read every label in the store. I have the food list and understand the do and don’ts of this fast. I am Just looking for some additional specific information.
    This blog and the daily emails have been most helpful especially the one on the fruit of self control 3/27/11. Like others, I have been on the fast since Ash Wednesday and will remain on it until Easter.
    Thank you for your help,
    Will

    March 30, 2011
    • HI Will,

      Sorry, brother, but you will need to read labels since so many prepared foods include sweeteners and chemicals (even Amy’s). But whole grain rice cakes are great with 100% peanut butter, Bob’s Red Mill Muesli, Newman’s Own Oil and Vinegar Salad Dressing . . . just a few of the prepared foods that comply with the Daniel Fast.

      Be blessed!

      April 1, 2011
  34. yolanda #

    What kind of popcorn can we have?

    March 29, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Yolanda,
      Just good old fashioned popcorn kernels, a little oil in a pan on the stove. Better yet if you own an air popper, just be careful what you put on top (no butter) and a little salt, or if you’re like my family sprinkle some tabasco sauce too. Enjoy!

      March 30, 2011
  35. Deborah #

    Could you please tell me if multigrain tostitos are ok or could you recommend a chip (store brought) that would be ok. What type of bread is allowed. I live in a rural area and some things can be difficult to find.
    However, I am staying encouraged. I begin my fast 4/1/11.

    March 29, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Deborah,
      It all depends on the Ingredients label, what’s in them? Typically, if it lists multigrain, it means it is not the whole grain of the grains they used (they just used several different partial grains), and then there is the issue of how it was prepared, most chips are deep fried, so you’ll be better off to look for a chip that has been baked, or better yet make your own. Corn tortillas, brushed with olive oil and baked @ 350 until crisp, break or cut into pieces. Whole wheat bread is not allowed on the fast because of the leavening (yeast) in it. Whole grain flat breads and tortillas are a good option since they do not have any leavening in them. I hope this helps!

      March 29, 2011
      • Name brand product that is available in nearly all markets I recommend original Triscuits instead of chips. However to be honest I discovered little need for any chips and advise people to learn to live without chips. It is a healthier lifelong habit that the Daniel Fast provides the opportunity for this new habit. I no longer purchase chips but will taste them in social situations. I eat them to not make others uncomfortable actually while not on the fast but keep no chips at home.

        March 29, 2011
      • Daniel Fast Team #

        Ken, very well said!!

        March 29, 2011
  36. Dear Susan,

    I just received your latest e-mail. I received the first one a couple of days ago. I say to you thank you Father God for this new friend you sent me. I copied your
    recipes. They were truly a blessing to me. Your apple cinnamon and rice one was excellent. I also made so far the tofu, green onion, garlic, potato recipe for supper as well. Both were delicious! Both were keepers!! I have done a Daniel fast before. This is not the first time. I am in the midst of a major healing in my life not only physically but spiritually as well. Father God, has done large amounts of healing in my life. I am truly loved by our Heavenly Father. He answered my prayers I prayed as a child. If you want to know more I will email more info. Right now, I am on this fast for how long I do not know. Since I am on it, I sure do feel physically a lot better.
    May God richly bless you for all you do for Him!

    March 29, 2011
    • Hi Cheryl,

      Thank you so much for your kind and encouraging words. Our God is so good and He has blessed me with this ministry from His heart to His people!

      I hope the very best for you on your fast . . . open every cell of your body to the Lord and allow Him to fill you with His love and grace.

      April 1, 2011
  37. Pat #

    Thank you for letting God use you in implementing, and managing this website for those who are considering and/or doing the Daniel Fast. It is such a blessing.

    Three questions: Is Brown Rice Pasta allowed on the Daniel Fast (ingredients: brown rice, rice bran, water)? I have a gluten allergy and rice pasta works well for me.

    In making the fruit smoothies, I use orange juice to help thin it out. Does it matter if we use orange juice concentrate or pasturized orange juice?

    In looking at the cans of tomato sauces and paste, most of them have citric acid added. Is this ok or not allowed? What about Algal Oil? (Sorry that’s four questions.

    Thank you for your response.

    March 29, 2011
    • Hi Pat,

      Yes, all whole grain pastas are allowed

      Using fruit juices in recipes (including smoothies) is fine.

      Citric acid is a naturally derived incredient and is allowed . . .

      I am not real familiar with algal oil, but I believe it’s from algea and therefore would be acceptable.

      Be blessed on your fast!

      April 1, 2011
  38. Kathy #

    Thank you for this wonderful resource. I will join with my church and begin the 21 day fast this coming Friday. I’ve been slowly changing my diet this week. Thanks to all the information you’ve provided, I now have a great understanding of the fast.
    However, one specific item I wasn’t sure about is Balsamic Vinegar?
    Thank you for your help.

    March 29, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Kathy,
      Thank you for your positive feed back, God is good! Balsamic vinegar is fine for the fast. Be blessed!

      March 29, 2011
  39. Sammy Furr #

    My wife and I just started the Daniel Fast on today 3-28-11. Two questions: Are graham crackers allowed and can cinnamon be used on oatmeal

    March 28, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Sammy,
      Graham crackers are not on the fast because of the ingredients in them (sugar. enriched flour, etc.), and yes cinnamon can be used on oatmeal. If you don’t have one already 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, this is a great resource to have on hand while on your fast. Be Blessed!

      March 29, 2011
  40. FSW #

    Oh…I forgot to ask…can anyone recommend an acceptable protein powder I can use in fruit-based breakfast smoothies and dinner, green, veggie-based smoothies? I do not eat tofu so a product high in protein and fiber is important.

    Thanks, again, and God Bless!

    FSW

    March 28, 2011
    • FSW,

      I do not know about acceptable protein powders. However I found enjoyable dinner or lunch was simply to have ample nuts for protein alongside a variety of fruit options. Takes almost no time to prepare and you can mix and match differnt nut and fruit combinations. I exercised vigorously about four days a week while on Daniel Fast as well. Another meal was organic celery and organic peanut butter. Just some ideas.

      March 29, 2011
      • FSW #

        Hi. Ken!

        Thanks for the tips!

        Blessings and more blessings to you!

        FSW

        March 30, 2011
    • Laura Berry #

      If you are putting plenty of high-qualilty greens in your smoothies, they will contain enough amino acids (the building blocks your body turns into protein) and fiber. I don’t think you need to supplement. Additionally, proteins take longer to digest than the other ingredients, so it messes with the body’s abilty to process the whole smoothie.

      March 31, 2011
  41. FSW #

    In Daniel 10:3 he states, among other things, that he did not anoint himself. What does this mean for those of us on the Daniel Fast? Is this something we should incorporate into our Fast? If yes, how?

    Thank you and God Bless!

    FSW

    March 28, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Daniel was mourning. The custom in that time was that men would wear oils and perfumes in their hair. But since Daniel was mourning, this was not appropriate and therefor he was in a simple and plain dress and hygiene. I hope this helps!

      March 29, 2011
  42. Deborah #

    Hi Susan, Are multigrain tostitos allowed and also whole grain bread?
    Thanks for your help

    March 28, 2011
  43. Amanda Petrozelli #

    Is 100% pure vegetable/fruit juice okay? Cause it says that juiced vegetables & juiced fruits are okay, but then we wouldn’t be drinking just water would we?

    March 28, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Amanda,
      You are correct, the only ‘drinking’ beverage on the Daniel Fast is water. However, unsweetened juice and plant-based milks (soy, almond, rice, coconut) can be used in recipes, on cereal (milk) as well as in smoothies ‘when’ you are making a smoothie as a meal replacement. Be Blessed on your fast!

      March 28, 2011
  44. Pat #

    God bless you for having this site available to all of us as a resource. Hallelujah – some of my concerns have been relieved.

    Is brown rice pasta allowed on the Daniel Fast (ingredients: brown rice, rice bran, and water)? I have a gluten allergy and whole wheat pasta will not work for me.

    Also, I use orange juice as a liquid in my fruit smoothie. In reading the labels, I’ve noticed that some are from concentrate (ingredients: Orange Juice concentrate) and some are just pasturized (ingredients: Orange Juice). Are both allowed or just the pasturized juice?

    Thank you in advance for addressing my question. I am really looking forward to strengthening and deepening my relationship with God and in understanding His direction for me.

    March 28, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Pat,
      Brown rice pasta is great for the fast. Whole grains, any and all whole grains are what we are to be looking for. “Whole wheat’ has just been in the spot light quite a bit for awhile now. But All Whole Grains are available to you on the fast, so pick and choose what is best for your body type and taste, and take this opportunity to experiment with the different whole grain varieties out there, you may be surprised how much more you have to choose from. Fresh squeezed orange juice is always the best and first choice for nutritional value. Coming second would be a Natural orange juice concentrate (for those times that you just don’t have the time). Orange juice made from concentrate – usually it’s made from frozen orange juice that is reduced in volume in the country that grew the oranges (often brazil, Israel or the US). when it’s finally packed its defrosted, the volume is remade using water from the local supply. Read those labels, Orange juices that have sugar or additives in them are clearly marked, identifying the additions, there are also some juices which are over watered and may have sugar and other ingredients added – these are usually called nectars.
      Pasteurized juice isn’t even on the radar, for more information you can go to: http://www.nutritionresearchcenter.org/healthnews/is-pasteurized-juice-even-natural/
      I hope this helps!

      March 29, 2011
      • FSW #

        Wow…I learned alot from this post. Thanks for the reply and thanks for asking the question, Pat!

        Blessings!

        FSW

        March 30, 2011
      • Pat #

        I just clicked on the link. Wow!! I never knew!! Thank you for helping to educate us.

        April 1, 2011
  45. Marizete #

    Hi, I started the fast today, and I wish to know if honey is allowed. God bless all you guys, and give us straight to keep in our journey.

    March 28, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Marizete,
      No, honey is not allowed on the fast, all sweeteners and sugars both natural and artificial are not allowed. Be Blessed!

      March 28, 2011
  46. Sereta #

    I have been on the Daniel fast since Ash Wednesday and it has been a blessing. I am actually thinking of continuing this way for me eating and eating meat only once per week. However, I have a question about orange juice. I am aware that we can only drink water, but organic natural orange juice with no sugar added. Can this be used? I just cannot go through squeezing so much oranges/ or trying to each all that oranges in this morning.

    Thanks and God Bless

    March 28, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Sereta,
      Yes, you can use unsweetened organic natural orange juice in recipes, and even in blended fruit/vegetable smoothies when used as a meal replacement. Just not as a drinking beverage. I hope this helps!

      March 28, 2011
  47. Haya #

    Can you tell me the difference between stovetop frying with olive oil or peanut oil and deep frying? It is because one is submerged and the other is not?

    Thank you.

    March 28, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Haya,
      That is it exactly. Deep frying is when the food item is completely covered with hot oil (which is not allowed on the fast, and with skillet frying you are able to control the amount of oil used inorder to keep it to a light frying (such as with stir fry foods). I hope this helps!

      March 28, 2011
  48. chris #

    Would smoothies made from natural ingredients be against the daniel fast and would nature valley granola bars be acceptable to eat?

    March 27, 2011
    • Hi Chris,

      All food on the Daniel Fast is natural . . . but not all natural foods are allowed. You can make a smoothie of fruits and vegetables . . . but no sweeteners. That’s the same with the granola bars. If they are free of chemicals and sweeteners then they would be find. Read the label to find out the INGREDIENTS . . . and if they comply with the Daniel Fast then they are good to go!

      Be blessed!

      April 1, 2011
  49. Jennifer #

    Hi. First off God bless you for your help us with the fast. My friend and I are fasting together, and we both enjoy drinking something hot after a meal. We are wondering why it’s not allowed to drink herbal tea? We can understand avoiding drinks with caffeine and sugars, but not getting the omission of herbal tea. Thanks in advance for your advice. Also, I have enjoyed eating LARA bars which are made basically from unsweetened dried fruits and nuts. There is a wide assortment so many flavors to choose from. My favorite is Tropical Fruit. There are some that are made with unsweetened cocoa powder. Can I eat those as well, or is cocoa powder a no-no?

    March 26, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Jennifer,
      Here is one of the two verses that serve as the anchors for the Daniel Fast:Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink. Daniel 1:12 Daniel asked that he drink only water . . . thus, water is the only beverage on the Daniel Fast. Concerning the Lara bars, from what I saw there are no ingredients not allowed on the fast (unsweetened cocoa powder is allowed) with the exception of the chocolate chip flavored bar, just read the ingredients list first for each new flavor you try to make sure. Be Blessed on your Fast!

      March 30, 2011
  50. Danielle #

    Today is my first day on the fast nd i feel great i thought i was fully prepare for the fast but there is some issues that im having….for example as i read the labels i notice that alot of canned fruits and veggies have sugar but it states that we can have can goods. At this point im confused:/

    March 25, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Danielle,
      This is why we encourage everyone to read the “Ingredients” labels. So when you find a product that you do not like what’s been added in, you move to the next brand, and then the next until you find the canned item without any of the extra additives in them. It does take some work, however it is very educational, and well worth the time and effort. Don’t get discouraged, you “will” find products without the “extra’s”, just keep reading those labels. I hope this helps!

      March 30, 2011
    • Danielle,
      It is wonderful that you are starting the fast. God will bless your journey from one who has been there. As stated canned goods are not specifically banned. However you will find many canned goods have sugar added or preservatives that are not okay. I will tell you fresh and frozen are usually better for you from a basic health standpoint so strongly encourage you adjust to make those a priority for life beyond the fast. You can save the canned goods for after fast or if finances allow give then away at church or food bank/shelter which accepts canned goods. Plus the salt in other canned goods is not good for blood pressure concerns for many people as well. May you be lead by the Holy Spirit for discernment and strength during this time!

      March 30, 2011

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