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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. Sheila #

    Hello I hope everyone is having a blessed day!
    I have a few questions regarding food. I am sure they are redundant, but, I think this will be easier for me as opposed to filtering through all the post.

    Can we have:
    oatmeal?
    granola?
    sweet potatoe?
    jasmine rice?
    whole wheat english muffins?
    whole wheat mini bagels?
    Lentil soup?
    Split pea soup?
    whey and soy protein in powder form. mixed with water of course. I sometimes do almond milk but I see we can not use almond milk in drinking form.
    corn tortillas?
    refried beans?
    one meal I like to have is corn tortilla’s with refried beans pop them in the oven for 10 min @ 350 then add veggies. served with salsa.
    salsa?
    of course all of this is provided I check the ingridents for sugar. I am aware of the many names sugar falls under!.
    also I usually buy trader joes organic brands if that helps answer any questions.
    Is anyone posting reciepe ideas? I have a great quinoa asapargus V8 reciepe I like to cook and serve with brown rice.

    December 22, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Sheila,
      You have asked for a lot in one post…Here goes:
      oatmeal? – Yes, Old Fashioned Oatmeal. (read Ingredients Label)
      granola? – Yes, Sweetener and additive free. (read Ingredients Label)
      sweet potatoes? – Yes, just watch how they’re cooked and what goes on top. (no deep fry and no topping with butter or sugars)
      jasmine rice? – Brown jasmine rice. (no white rice)
      whole wheat english muffins? – No, ingredients do not comply with the fast.
      whole wheat mini bagels? – Same as above.
      Lentil soup? – Yes, check Ingredients list first.
      Split pea soup? – Same as above.
      whey – Whey is dairy, so no whey.
      soy protein in powder form. mixed with water of course. – Plant based protein powder is fine just make sure All ingredients comply (no sweeteners/additives etc.)
      I sometimes do almond milk but I see we cannot use almond milk in drinking form.- Unsweetened additive free plant based milks are fine for use in recipes and on cereal, so you are correct water is the only drinking beverage on the fast.
      corn tortillas? – Yes corn tortillas are fine just read the ingredients to make sure all are Daniel Fast friendly.
      refried beans? – Yes, if the ingredients are Daniel fast friendly.
      one meal I like to have is corn tortillas with refried beans pop them in the oven for 10 min @ 350 then add veggies. served with salsa.
      salsa? – Yes, again, If All ingredients comply with the fast (no sweeteners/additives etc.)
      You will find on the menu bar on this site that there are many recipes available. Add additional recipes to your menu by going to http://www.daniel-fast.com/recipes.html
      Also, if you do a general website search for Vegan Recipes you can get some great new ideas that are easily adapted into Daniel Fast friendly dishes. I hope this helps!

      December 29, 2011
      • I was instructed by Ms. Susan Gregory (via return e-mail) to ask a question on this site..Can SOMEBODY PLEASE just tell me the BASICS – I don’t need a recipe, or a book, or a CD. I just want to know WHAT basic foods are ALLOWED on this Daniel Fast? I was at a church that allowed rice and pasta along with the veggies, fruits and etc., and they MAY have even allowed bread as well – can’t remember. They even allowed people to drink tea and coffee – even the Pastor did! (And this gentleman was a true Man of God – who loved and cared for the sheep – fed them the TRUTH of the WORD OF GOD – and cared for and had a desire to reach the LOST with The GOSPEL. The church I NOW attend seems to think that ALL one can have on this fast is veggies, fruit and water – and THAT IS IT! And THIS church (and Pastor) is NOTHING like the one I mentioned before! Totally different level of belief, discernment, teaching, dedication and etc.

        Even if it IS a church-wide fast – shouldn’t individual believers be able to pray and seek their own conscience about what they can and cannot eat on this type of fast? This church seems to really be imposing this on us – (no one actually asked me if I wanted to or not. It is just something they supposedly ALL do every year at this time.)

        Some of us NEED to eat certain foods for our overall health – and it would be difficult – at best – to have to eat this way – for 3 FULL weeks! Please notice I DID NOT say for “medical reasons”. (To me it is easier to fast all day and then eat one meal at night.) What I don’t understand is – if they follow this SO DILLIGENTLY – YEAR AFTER YEAR – then WHY is TWO-THIRDS of the congregation (by the Pastor’s OWN admission) not even BORN-AGAIN? What good is it to do such a fast?

        God knows our hearts – and He Knows what each of us can handle. If we are NOT seeking Him ALL THE TIME – EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR – then WHAT GOOD is a 3 day fast – ONCE a year? I am not knocking fasting – but I believe we SHOUL fast when our LORD calls us to do it – for HIS Purposes in our lives – and NOT when a ‘church group’ dictates it to us. (When I was younger – and did something that would get me into trouble – my mother would ask me WHY I did what I did. I would respond “because my friends were doing it” – and she would invariably say to me – “Well – if your friends jumped off the Brooklyn Bridge – would you jump off, too?” I think you get my drift. Thanks for your response to my question – and God Bless.

        January 7, 2012
      • Daniel Fast Team #

        Hi Theresa,
        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.. I hope this helps!

        March 16, 2012
      • Debbie #

        Hi Theresa,
        You are right in that you should always be led by the Lord in whatever you do. ‘For as many are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God’. We can all decide to do something that appears to be ‘good’ but will it count in eternity? Unless God builds the house, they that labour, labour in vain.

        Whatever we do, we should do it unto the Lord and He loves a cheerful giver. If you aren’t in love and faith and giving cheerfully of yourself during this fast, then it will not please Him and will not benefit you. So in all things ‘be led’. That also applies to HOW you do things. Be led! It is good to know what the ‘normal’ way of doing things is but then be led and decide how you will do it. You are out to please God and not anyone else, including your Pastor. Respect him, but respectfully decline to do it his way, if you feel you are led another way. God is looking for a cheerful, willing sacrifice from us.

        Make sure that you are not holding grudges, bearing resentment or having unforgiveness in your heart towards anyone over this or anything other thing.

        Bless you as you seek His will and obey.

        March 16, 2012
  2. Myra #

    Hello Susan,
    Is the Daniel Fast safe for diabetics? I have Type 2 diabetes, and when I was close to completing the fast, my vision had changed. Any suggestions for modification for diabetics?

    December 20, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Myra,
      I encourage you to take this information along with a copy of the Daniel Fast Guidelines to your Health Care Provider and together make the required modifications if any to your fast. Men and women with insulin or Type 2 diabetes experience wonderful results on the Daniel Fast “if” they are wise about the foods they eat. Whole grain cereals and leafy green vegetables are packed with protein yet very low on the glycemic index. The same is true of legumes. 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. Also, you will want to eat complex carbohydrates rather than simple carbohydrates. They are processed very differently in the body. You need to stay away from simple carbohydrates.
      – Some examples of healthy foods containing “Complex Carbohydrates”:
      Spinach, Whole Barley, Grapefruit, Turnip Greens, Buckwheat flour, Apples, Lettuce, Prunes, Water Cress, Oat bran flour, Apricots, Dried, Zucchini, Oatmeal, Pears, Asparagus, Oat bran cereal, Plums, Artichokes, Muesli, Strawberries, Okra, Wild rice, Oranges, Cabbage, Brown rice, Yams, Celery, Multi-grains, Carrots, Cucumbers, Pinto beans, Potatoes, Dill Pickles, low fat Soybeans, Radishes, Lentils, Broccoli, Navy beans, Garbanzo beans, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Kidney beans, Eggplant, Soy milk, Lentils, Onions, Whole meal spelt flour, Split peas.

      – Some examples of foods to Avoid containing “simple carbohydrates”: All of which are NOT allowed on the fast. (Simple carbohydrates are more refined, are usually found in foods with fewer nutrients, and tend to be less satisfying and more fattening):
      Table sugar, Corn syrup, Fruit juice, Candy, Cake, Bread made with white flour, Pasta made with white flour, Soda pop, such as Coke®, Pepsi®, Mountain Dew®, etc., Candy, All baked goods made with white flour, Most packaged cereals.
      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 dear one on your Journey!

      December 29, 2011
  3. ellen #

    During the daniel fast can I eat bread? If so, what kind and how much can I eat?

    December 20, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Ellen,
      The only breads allowed on the fast are free of all leavening agents, additives, sweeteners, eggs, dairy …And are made of whole grain flour. So what that leaves you with is whole grain tortillas or flat breads. No limits on consumption, however consume with moderation. I hope this helps!

      December 28, 2011
      • joyce #

        Hi, my name is Joyce, I have high blood pressure, and I am taking 5 medicine for this, I choose to take the Daniel fast, can you help me of what choice of food I can eat including bread.

        January 9, 2013
      • Hi Joyce,

        You will likely feel much better after the Daniel Fast. Many people with high blood pressure feel really good eating this way. Study the food lists, get a cookbook and read more on this site. You will be able to get a good sense of what the fast is.

        Be blessed!

        January 9, 2013
  4. Angie #

    What brand of soy sauce do you recommend while on the Daniel Fast? Thank you!

    December 19, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Angie,
      I use Bragg brand, Liquid Aminos, it is a Natural Soy Sauce Alternative (Safeway). I hope this helps!

      December 28, 2011
  5. Nelly #

    In one of the blog posts you replied (December 14) that Newman’s Own Oil and Vinegar Salad Dressing fits the Daniel Fast but I checked the website and one of the ingredients on this salad dressing is Red Wine Vinegar, Is this ingridient acceptable in the Daniel fast? Thank you so much for your blog!!! Be blessed!!!

    December 19, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Nelly,
      Yes, you can use red wine vinegar on the Daniel Fast. I hope this helps!

      December 28, 2011
      • Lolita #

        Is Semolina all wheat and Daniel Fast Friendly?

        February 25, 2013
      • Daniel Fast Team #

        Semolina is a processed flour that the bran and germ have been removed leaving the starchy endosperm, so it’s not allowed on the Daniel Fast.
        Durum wheat, is another (possibly unfamiliar term) you’ll find in pasta ingredients list. Even though 100 percent durum wheat isn’t as dark of a color as something labeled “whole wheat,” it actually is a coarsely ground whole grain, so it’s allowed on the fast. Be Blessed!

        February 27, 2013
      • paul #

        Hi Susan, you said that it was ok to use red wine vinegar to one of the bloggers but wasn’t Daniel not allowed to drink anything with alcohol in this fast?

        December 15, 2013
      • Daniel Fast Team #

        You are correct the only drinking beverage allowed is water (drinking alcohol is not allowed). However, vinegars including red wine vinegars) used in recipes is fine. Alcohol and caffeine is not allowed due to the chemical effects on the body. I hope this helps.

        December 17, 2013
  6. If using canned beans of any kind, be sure to WASH them thoroughly before adding them to the salad, soup, or whatever you are preparing. Dump the whole can into a colander or strainer over the sink. Run cool tap water over them. Continue until the foam subsides. This step will eliminate the gas and also the additives that the manufacturers sometimes add to canned beans (high fructose corn syrup is often found in canned beans). Also, nut butters are simple to make at home in a 9 or 11-cup food processor. Pour 3 cups of raw walnuts or pecans into the bowl of the food processor, fitted with an S-blade. Turn it on. In a couple of minutes you will have nut butter. You may have to stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl, then process again. Do NOT add anything! No oil, water, salt or sweetener, or it won’t work. This also works with almonds but takes much longer. NOTE: Avoid all nuts by Planter’s. Even the “plain” Planter’s nuts have lots of weird additives! I have been on a Daniel Fast (modified occasionally) for about 15 years, without any negative side effects, and beans and nuts are my main protein source. I make lots of things with them (dips, spreads, casseroles, non-dairy “milk” and “cheese”, etc.) or add them to salads and soups.

    December 19, 2011
  7. Monica #

    I’ve been preparing to start the fast on the first day of next year, we will do it for 21 days, it was my husband who signed up for it in his men group at church. I want to join him, and since i’ll be the one preparing the meals i am reading all of the questions about the foods allowed.
    Something that i don’t see is anything about juicing… nothing added but fruits and veggies. is that allowed?
    and also, how about flavored water (water with slices of cucumber, mint, or strawberries, etc)?

    December 19, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Monica,
      I think that’s just because they’re referred to as ‘smoothies’. And they’re only consider for meal replacement or a (liquid meal). Made with fruits, vegetables, with a splash of either unsweetened additive free juice or unsweetened additive free plant based milk. Water with a slice of lemon or a cucumber slice or any fruit is fine as long as it can still be called water. I hope this helps, Be Blessed!

      December 29, 2011
  8. Valerie Stancill #

    Regarding sugars in all foods including those from Whole Foods amd Trading Joes labeled “all natural”, how do you incorporate those in your list of foods. What would you suggest for those who cannot afford to change their eating habits due to financial issues? Cereals, fruits (canned) veggies (canned) have sugar? I welcome you suggestions, recommendations.
    Blessings~
    Valerie

    December 18, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Valerie,
      Label reading quickly becomes the first and foremost exercise of the fast. Not all foods have sweeteners added into the ingredients, although once you start looking for it certainly feels that way. You can find foods without sweeteners and additives in the ingredients but it does take a lot of reading. And for those foods that you cannot, they’re usually something that can be done without… or you can find a recipe to make your own DF version.
      If one is looking for “prepared Daniel Fast foods” then yes that would be expensive. However, the Daniel Fast is a very simple and inexpensive way to eat. When you remove from the budget prepared foods, sweetened foods, dairy, prepared breads and meats, you’ll find funds that are now available for beans, brown rice, whole grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables. But it really is a process, and does take a renewing of your mind which is something that does take place during your fast. As for sweetener and additive free cereals, 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. I hope this helps!

      December 28, 2011
  9. tracey mcintyre #

    Susan why is it wen u want to do good evil is present?

    December 18, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Tracey you are in such good company in your quest to answer this one!

      Romans 7:17-19 “So I am not the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway.” But Read On: Romans 8:1-2 “So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death…” …And for the Grand Finale…..”But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.) And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God. The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, you have no obligation to do what your sinful nature urges you to do. For if you live by its dictates, you will die. But if through the power of the Spirit you put to death the deeds of your sinful nature, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God.”

      James 4:7 “So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he Will flee from you.” Remember evil started this fight with our God, and because we’re made in His image and in His likeness the enemy tries to thwart us as well. So until Jesus return (which is soon, and sooner than we think) we are His hands and feet in this earth to carry out the Great Commission and subdue Everything in our path…Then our God will put to an end the enemy and all his evil with him!
      John 16:33 -“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart (be of good cheer), because I have overcome the world.” 1 John 4:4 “You belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.” Praise God! Be Blessed dear one, Be Blessed!

      December 28, 2011
  10. paul #

    Is Almond milk acceptable on the fast?

    December 16, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Paul,
      Unsweetened and additive free plant based milks (almond, rice, soy, coconut, etc.) is fine on the fast for use in recipes and for on cereals, just not as a drinking beverage (water is the only drinking beverage on the fast). I hope this helps, Be Blessed!

      December 16, 2011
    • You can make your own almond milk to use on cereals and in smoothies. Put a handful of raw almonds in a blender. Add just enough water to cover the nuts. Put the lid on tight. Blend on high speed until almonds are broken into tiny bits. Then add more water and blend again. The end product looks like milk, but will have tiny almond bits at the bottom of the blender jar. Since you’re using the almond milk on cereal, the nutty bits are a nice addition anyway!

      December 19, 2011
      • Daniel Fast Team #

        EXECELLENT!

        December 29, 2011
  11. pastor henry #

    we are praying for a breakthrough in health and wealth…
    trusting the Lord a great healing

    December 15, 2011
  12. Karen Vogel #

    You mentioned adding Craisins in oatmeal, however I thought all Craisins were sweetened.
    Also, I am assuming I could have unsweetened organic coconut flakes since it is only coconut in the ingredients.
    Would protein powder be OK to use in shakes if it doesn’t have sweetener in it?

    Thank you for your ministry of bringing others closer to Christ. God bless you!

    December 14, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Karen,
      Yes, ‘Most’ craisins do have sweetener added, but not all. And it does take some doing but you can find craisins with nothing added, just good ole dried cranberries. Unsweetened additive free coconut flakes are fine on the fast, the same is true with a plant based protein powder for use in smoothies. Keep up the good work, Be Blessed!

      December 22, 2011
  13. Samantha #

    Our church is getting ready to do the Daniel fast next month, and we have several pregnant or nursing mothers in our congregation. I was wondering, do you know of any resources or information regarding any potential safety concerns of the Daniel fast for pregnant/nursing women? Thank you!

    December 12, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Excellent question Samantha!
      We suggest that nursing or pregnant mothers review the Daniel Fast eating plan and then use their wisdom and the instructions from their health providers to modify the fast to meet their physical needs. The Daniel Fast is a very healthy way to eat, however since your body has extra demands on it you might want to add a little chicken, fish and/or dairy products prepared in Daniel Fast friendly ways.
      Protein Rich Foods: All Nuts and Peanut butter (any nut butters), Whole grains, Legumes and Leafy Dark Green Vegetables. Also, many people do add to their diet unsweetened soy (plant based) protein powder into a blended fruit/vegetable ‘smoothie’ as a meal replacement (make sure the ingredients comply with the Daniel Fast and watch out for milk products (whey) and sweeteners along with chemical additives).
      If you go to http://www.daniel-fast.com and enter your email address you can order your copy of the Daniel Fast Guidelines and they will be emailed back to you. I hope this helps, Be Blessed on your Journey!

      December 14, 2011
      • Samantha #

        Thank you so much, this was very helpful. Our church is so excited about this fast- I can’t wait to see what God is going to do! Thank you for all of your wonderful resources which I know will be a big help to all of us on this journey. Blessings!

        December 14, 2011
  14. Rose D #

    Can or should you take vitamins while on the Daniel Fast? Also what about something like a 5 Hour Energy since it is sugar free and mostly all vitamins?

    December 12, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Yes, we encourage supplements that are free of sweeteners and man-made chemicals. As for the 5 hour Energy drink….I am not a big fan, and admittedly not real familiar with it’s ingredients. However this is what I do know, it has caffeine in it which also makes it non Daniel Fast friendly, and Water is the only drinking beverage on the fast. I hope this helps!

      December 14, 2011
  15. ellen #

    Hello Susan,

    My church is doing a 3-day corporate Daniel Fast at the coming of the New Year. I intend to do the 21-day Daniel Fast beginning the 1st of the year. In the meantime, I am reading your book the daniel fast, and asking the Holy Spirit to guide me with my purpose. As I read through the pages of the book my spirit is charged and I am very excited about the spiritual journey of the fast.

    December 12, 2011
  16. Connie #

    Good Morning, Is Stevia allowed? Thanks for your guidance.

    December 12, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Connie,
      There is no sweetener of any kind (natural or artificial) allowed on the fast. I hope this helps!

      December 14, 2011
  17. brian ifrika #

    what are the good results of fasting,because i’m planning to fast..please help me

    December 12, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Brian,
      The Daniel Fast is an anointed spiritual discipline for this time. One of the primary benefits of fasting is that you consecrate (separate) yourself unto the Lord for a period of time so that you can better focus on Him. It’s like a ribbon tied around your life for a certain period in which you turn up the heat on your spiritual life. You press into God in a more intense way and listen to what He has to say to you.
      Then physically, westerners are in a health crisis from the killer diet that is literally addictive . . . so as people enter the fast for spiritual purposes, many discover the amazing benefits of eating in a healthy manner (removing all chemical additives and sugars are huge) and they experience substantial health benefits. I hope this helps, Be Blessed on your Fast!

      December 22, 2011
  18. 1stladyford #

    I wanted to know if Hummus can be eaten during the fast. I read the ingredients and it says it is:great northern white bean, lemon juice, salt, pepper, garlic, soybean oil, and rosemary leaf. Please advise. God bless!

    December 9, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hummus is a great food for your menus, and the ingredients you have listed here sound fine. Homemade hummus is very easy to make, not to mention also a lot fresher, you can adjust the flavors to your liking, and it’s way less expensive. Because of the benefits of hummus on the Daniel Fast, I included several recipes for it in my book, which is available at all online and local bookstores. http://www.amazon.com/Daniel-Fast-Strengthen-Spirit-Renew/dp/1414334133 I hope this helps!

      December 14, 2011
      • Thank you. I have ordered my book :-). I missed my delivery yesterday :-( and so I am sitting parked until it comes today! :-). Thanks for the response. I want to be fully prepared when I begin my fast.

        December 14, 2011
  19. Sharhonda Ford #

    I am praying and considering embarking on the Daniel Fast. I have done the Daniel Fast in the past.

    December 9, 2011
  20. Angela #

    Good Day Susan,
    My spirit was pushing me to do a fast to cleanse my soul. I wasn’t sure what type of fast I should consider. So I prayed about the situation, then I received your email earlier this week and I have taken that as a sign for me to start The Daniel Fast at the beginning of 2012. 2011 has been extremely tough for me and my family and I will be fasting to strengthen my relationship with God and freedom from the stronghold of unforgiveness. Thank you so much for all you do…

    Be Blessed

    December 9, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Angela,
      I agree, You are here for such a time as this! I cannot not think of any better way to break the strongholds of the enemy but by seeking God thorugh fasting and prayer! God is for you and your family Angela! He Loves you and He wants you free of everything that is a hinderance to you. And the enemy of your soul knows that when you get free…you’ll be unstoppable in the things of God! So Angela, you go hard after God, Seek Him with your Whole being, and Watch what God will do in you and through you! Hebrews 12:1 “…let us strip off every weight that slows us down.” Proverbs 8:17 “…Those who search will surely find me.” Proverbs 8:35 “For whoever finds me finds life and receives favor from the Lord.” Jeremiah 29:13 “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. Hebrews 4:16 “So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” Be Blessed in your Journey dear one!

      December 14, 2011
  21. Susan

    This is the fourth year we are preparing to enter our prayer and fasting season and thanks to all your hard work the fast seems nearly a normal easy part of our lives now. I would like to share an easy recipe for Tofu Tacos wich are very flexible to whatever veggies you chose. Add as few or many as you like.

    I use the recipe for Chappatis for soft flour tortillas although I use less water and a ~1/4 cup of Olive oil in them .Then I keep a ball of dough in the fridge and pull off a chunk for the amount I need for my meal..

    Tofu Tacos

    Brown 1 finely cubed package of extra firm tofu in 2 tbs of olive oil
    add 1 or 2 cloves of minced garlic a minced oinion 1/4 cup chopped cilantro

    Simmer til onions are clear then add 1 pkg of natural taco seasoning (w/o all the yeast, sugar and other non fast ingredients) or add chili powder, cumin, paprika, and red pepper to taste. Add a jalapeno if your palate can hadle the heat. You may need to add water to prevent from drying out and sticking.

    Serve in a warm chappatis add chopped veggies of any sort, slalsa, pico de gallo, fresh chopped cilantro and enjoy.

    December 8, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Sounds like a winner to me. Thank you for sharing your tried and true Tofu Taco recipe! Be Blessed in all you do!

      December 13, 2011
  22. Kenya Bradley #

    Hello, today is my 1st day on the Daniel fast (To GOD be the glory) and so far GOD has ALREADY moved….I have one question….I purchased the Silk Soy Milk (Vanilla) in a 3 pack to prepare for the fast and now I’m not sure if I can even have this..can you tell me if this is okay?

    December 8, 2011
  23. Nick #

    Hi, About the fast, I was wondering since we could have all fruits, is all 100 % Fruit juice allowed? Since it is technically fruit but in juice form.
    Thank you,
    Nick

    December 7, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Nick,
      The only drinking beverage on the fast is water. However, unsweetened and additive free fruit or vegetable juices are fine to use in recipes. Be Blessed on your Fast!

      December 7, 2011
      • Lori Gallagher #

        In bottled salad dressing there is xanthem gum i think thats right ,I didnt buy it because that would be an additive right? And citric acid is that allowed? Thanks for my book , I love having the daily journals I’m on day 12.

        December 11, 2011
      • Daniel Fast Team #

        Hi Lori,
        I make my own salad dressings for that very reason. Xanthium Gum is used to thicken and stabilize salad dressings, but it is also a kind of sugar, even though in small amounts. A prepared dressing that fits the Daniel Fast is Newman’s Own Oil and Vinegar Salad Dressing. Citric acid is a type of vitamin C when it is “naturally derived” is used for a natural preservative, when it’s organic it is allowed on the fast. Natural Preservatives are fine on the fast to preserve foods. Be Blessed on your Fast!

        December 14, 2011
  24. Margaret Griffin #

    I am just starting my Daniel Fast – I haven’t done this before so I pray that God will bless it and work in my heart, as He cleanses my body. I enjoyed the blog and received a lot of info just by reading it…thank you very much – Marge

    December 6, 2011
  25. Silvia #

    Hi Susan,

    I started the fast and I noticed I’m more sensitive to cold. I get cold easily. Is that ok? Can I drink hot tea during the fast?

    December 6, 2011
    • Hi Silvia,

      This may be a sign that your body clearing of toxins and so you are more sensitive to the natural elements. My guess is that you also can taste foods better.

      You can drink hot water with lemon slices, but the only beverage on the fast is water (see Daniel 1:12).

      I woke up to a wind-chill temp of 5 degrees, so I’m colder, too! :-) Layering . . . and hot water with lemon slices is a way to go.

      Be blessed on your fast!

      December 7, 2011
      • Lori Gallagher #

        Hi Susan, Ten days on the fast, I use the hot lemon water a couple of times a day, it seems to be a great pick me up in the mid afternoon. I do have a question though I found Pop chips air popped chips potato flakes and potato starch are in the ingreidients just curious if these would be ok. Thank YOu

        December 8, 2011
      • Hi Lori,

        On the surface they sound fine . . . I could give you a better answer if I knew the actual product.

        I too enjoy the hot water with lemon slices. It’s refreshing and nice on cold days!

        Be blessed!

        December 8, 2011
  26. epoyjun #

    I really love reading your comments guys.I learn a lot from you.

    Thank you so much

    Regard,

    Epoyjun

    December 6, 2011
  27. ncsmith #

    For lentils some may not have thought about it but you can prepare in a pressure cooker just modify the time. This may be even something for those who want to continue to use the fast, it’s also great if you choose not to use can beans and don’t have time for soaking or need to cut the soaking time.

    Also it doesn’t say if it’s baked but they don’t taste fried to me and i checked the ingredients but I found some tortillas in the ethnic aisle in one grocery store and in Walmart it is in the bread aisle, but they are circular and called Ole, I also found a brand of refried beans (checked ingredients) pinto with jalapeno, I found the Tositos salsa and checked the ingredients, no sugar etc. These are convenient foods in case someone doesn’t have the time to create their own or just needs some handy foods. I take them and combined them, I place some refried beans on the tortilla and a scoop of salsa and spread. If I’m wrong forigve me but I’m pretty sure they are Daniel Fast friendly.

    December 5, 2011
  28. can u eat pancakes

    December 3, 2011
    • Hi Stephanie,

      No, pancakes include leavening so they are not allowed on the Daniel Fast. Tortillas made with whole grains and no preservatives and other flat breads are allowed.

      Be blessed on your fast!

      December 3, 2011
      • Sally Chattin #

        You could make crepes however, as they include no leavening agent. Many recipes call for eggs, which I cannot eat, so I make mine using oat flour, salt, a dash of sugar, and water or milk.

        The salt and sugar are necessary for the oat flour because otherwise it has a very bland taste, but other items can be substituted per dietary requirements.

        December 3, 2011
      • Great idea, Sally!

        In fact, I just finished a new collection of recipes, The Daniel Fast on a Budget Cookbook, and we included a recipe for crepes. Since sweeteners are not allowed on the the Daniel Fast, we get the “sweetness” from the fruit we use with the crepes.

        Be blessed and thanks for your post!

        December 3, 2011
  29. hi susan

    not sure if you can answer my question but can you fast to help someone else?

    November 30, 2011
    • Yes, you would be entering into a time of focused intercession for this person. So it it totally appropriate to fast for others.

      December 1, 2011
  30. keddie #

    I’m having a hard time finding food and inexpensive items….ANY SUGGESTIONS?? This is the first day of my fast and I am really looking forward to the 20 days left but i have no food options…. today for breakfast i ate an apple and orange for lunch I ate some whole grain pasta with string beans over it and an orange and water….it was ok but I am not trying to eat the exact same things everyday!!! HELLLLLLLPPP
    god bless…..KEDDIE

    November 28, 2011
    • Keddie! Your challenge is exactly why I’ve created so many Daniel Fast recipes. Get one of the cookbooks I’ve written or my paperback book. They are packed with great recipes and options for a healthy Daniel Fast with plenty of recipes that are satisfying and good for you!

      Here is the link to where you can check out the books: http://daniel-fast.com/store.html

      Be blessed on your fast!

      November 29, 2011
  31. kat wilson #

    I just downloaded the “red, black & yellow delight” salad and the first thing on the list is canned black beans. Since all canned items are processed how can this be a receipe for the daniel’s fast?

    November 28, 2011
    • Hi Kat,

      “Processed” doesn’t mean that a food is in a can or a jar or even a package. It means that the manufacturer has altered the food to make it different than originally created. For example, enriched flour is processed because the manufacturer takes the wheat grain apart, removes portions of it and then add other elements back into it before they make the food item (bread, crackers, pasta, cereal, etc.).

      Beans on the hand are cooked and then canned. The bean has not been altered and so it is still a whole food.

      I hope this helps! Be blessed on your fast!

      November 29, 2011
  32. Joann Weisbaum #

    Dear Susan..Let me start by wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving.
    I am a parish nurse at the First United Methodist Church in Dunnellon, Fl. I will be leading a healing service on Dec 14 on burying the past. I came across you article this AM and I couldn’t believe my eyes. Your 7 steps touches every point I am emphisizing. We are even using the same scriptures.
    I would like permission to include your 7 steps in a handout I will be giving out. I will give you full credit for your work. It’s Fantastic. I will not use this unless I hear back from you. Blessings to you Joey Weisbaum

    November 24, 2011
    • Blessings to you, Joann. And praise God for the good work you are doing on His behalf to help His children become free of those things that bind them.

      Also, thank you for asking permission to use the Seven Steps To Letting Go of the Past handout. I appreciate your professionalism and integrity. I would be happy for you to use the piece in your class. http://daniel-fast.com/seven-steps-to-letting-go-of-the-past.pdf

      Be blessed this day as you share the love of Christ and your heart with those you love.

      November 24, 2011
  33. Heather #

    Have done this fast before and apart from losing weight I was able to improve my spiritual life. I am about to start another on Saturday and hope to have improved results.Is there a daily programme of prayer, meditation or readings which can help me draw closer to or enter into a deeper relationship with God while fasting?

    November 23, 2011
  34. CJ #

    What is Ezekiel Bread, and would that meet the requirements for the Daniel Fast?

    November 20, 2011
    • Hi CJ,

      Ezekiel Bread is made with sprouted grains, but it is not allowed on the Daniel Fast because it contains leavening. However, you can use Ezekiel tortillas, which are available in most health food stores.

      Be blessed!

      November 22, 2011
  35. Stacie #

    Hi, can I exercise during the fast? I’m not fasting to lose weight, however, my fasting comes in the middle of my weight loss training/5k training.

    November 18, 2011
    • Yes, you can exercise during your Daniel Fast. Be sure to eat a balanced diet rich in whole grains, legumes and leafy green vegetables.

      Be blessed in all you do!

      November 22, 2011
  36. I have done the Daniel Fast on many occasions, in fact I just did a 21 day fast and it was great. The Lord helped me understand a lot in that time and I lost weight. However, I am having a hard time with eating again and have put back on 2lbs. Can you give me any suggestions on the best way to end a fast?

    Thank you for taking the time to do this blog and for providing great answers to all the questions you receive.

    November 18, 2011
    • It seems the Lord is stirring in you to develop a lifestyle of health. The Daniel Fast is a very healthy way to eat. My guess is that you felt very good during your fast. You can continue eating this way and just modify it slightly by adding lean animal proteins and non-sugary beverages. A pound of weight is gained when an extra 3500 calories has been consumed. So it’s likely that your diet has too many calories for you to maintain your weight.

      Be blessed as you move into a new way of life giving your whole spirit, soul and body to the Lord!

      November 22, 2011
  37. ncsmith #

    What can we do if one does not eat tofu or abstains from soy products. I’m a firm believer that soy is not actually as great as has been discussed by others and some soy products had made me ill and I know it was because of the soy and Tvp. So I am wondering what can I do in place of that should I just go ahead and stick to at least fish or modify it so I can get protein and texture for flavorful meals and not just finding myself eating salads if you will. Granted I haven’t looked over all the recipes in the book but I do like an occasional scramble egg. I hope I explained myself clearly. Thanks.

    November 16, 2011
    • You don’t need to eat tofu if it doesn’t work for you. Eating whole grains, legumes and leafy green vegetables will provide the protein you need.

      Eggs are not allowed on the Daniel Fast. The only food allowed on the fast is pulse (food grown from seed), so eggs would not be allowed.

      Be blessed!

      November 22, 2011
    • Sally Chattin #

      I also do not eat soy as I’m severely allergic to it, and I loathe seafood.

      I can’t eat wheat either, but have found oats to be an excellent substitute. I use oat flour and oat bran for almost everything, along with white or brown rice flour as necessary, and it makes a tremendous difference in my health.

      Apparently, something in the oats, when combined with moderate exercise, has a positive impact on arthritis and I have found this to be true. Oats are also extremely satisfying and I have little craving for protein when I eat them consistently in one form or another, although the texture of oatmeal makes me queasy.

      I have also found a vinegar cleansing to be beneficial in ridding the spiritual body of specific forces that beset it.

      November 24, 2011
  38. Jae #

    Is oatmeal okay on the Daniel’s Fast? And if so, what can you add to it to make it more flavorable?

    November 15, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Jae,
      Yes, old fashioned oatmeal is great for the fast, and you can pile on top fruit (bananas, raisins, craisins, fresh/frozen berries, canned peaches (watch for added sweeteners and additives) and nuts to add plenty of flavor and additional fiber and protein, and if desired some unsweetened additive free plant based milk (soy, almond, rice, coconut, etc.) Be Blessed!

      November 16, 2011
      • Lori Gallagher #

        There is an ingedient Tapioacha starch in a product instant brown rice would this be allowed? Thanks

        November 27, 2011
      • Tapioca starch is used as a thickener. I’m not sure why that would be needed in instant brown rice . . .

        By the way, you might want to check out the brown rice in the bulk foods section of your grocery store. It will be much less expensive and more satisfying. Brown rice takes a little longer to cook, however I like making it in large batches and then using it during the week. I also sometimes freeze it flat in gallon-sized ziplock bags. Then I just break off as much as I need and let it thaw and then use. If I need it faster, then I use the microwave or place it in a saucepan with a little water and heat it on low heat.

        Since I started eating brown rice many years ago – I rarely eat white rice. I never cook it, but sometimes it’s all that’s available in Asian restaurants.

        I hope the best for you on your fast.

        November 29, 2011
  39. Sally #

    I am fasting for today. Sunday, to pray and meditate for a friend, who coincidentally is named Daniel. I had not heard of the Daniel fast until today when researching whether or not I could take my medications and the supplements I need for arthritis and my Bell’s Palsy.

    I was dismayed to learn that no coffee or tea was on the Daniel fast, but since my friend has a deep love for coffee, I realized that I could honor God by fasting and honor my friend with my morning coffee, so that is what I’m doing and my heart tells me that God is pleased with this decision.

    Thank you so much for this blog and your site about the Daniel fast. There is so much in this world that needs to be redirected to God, that I think I will be fasting more in the coming days and really appreciate your site.

    November 13, 2011
  40. Jan #

    Thank you for giving us this site–it is such a help and support on the Daniel Fast. I am starting the fast this month and am getting my kitchen ready. I’ve seen answers to several of my questions already, but I haven’t been able to find this one: is tempeh in line with the Daniel Fast? My brand has only soy and brown rice as ingredients, but I wonder if the process of making it makes a difference?

    May God continue to bless you,

    Jan

    November 12, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Jan,
      For those who are reading this and don’t know about Tempeh, it is soy based and can be made at home from soybeans and a tempeh starter. The starter is similar to sour dough starter in that it is fermented (fermentation is not an issue for the Daniel Fast) and causes a reaction. Tempeh has been used in Indonesia for centuries but is just now coming into favor in other parts of the world. It can be fried, sauteed, used in soups and salads, and for sandwiches. The ingredients sound good. Thank you for your question, I hope this helps!

      November 15, 2011
      • Jan #

        Thank you!

        November 15, 2011
  41. binai #

    is soy ice cream allowed? Is brown rice and tapioca syrup considered sweeteners?

    November 9, 2011
    • No, soy ice cream includes sweeteners (such as syrups) so you will need to save this for after the fast.

      Be blessed!

      November 10, 2011
  42. jackie Weaver #

    On the Daniel Fast should we eat at our usual times or shoud we just eat when we have gone as long as we can without food. Should we snack on fruit if we are feeling a litle weak ( fruit or raisins)

    November 8, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Jackie,
      There isn’t any clear guidelines to how many meals per day, or the time of day for meals. . . . but I do encourage people to eat three moderate meals and two small snacks each day at your regular times. If you’re not a three meal a day person (like me) then follow your usual mealtime routine. Also, make sure you are drinking plenty of water daily (1/2 of your body weight in ounces – 160lb person = 80oz). Be Blessed on your Fast!

      November 10, 2011
  43. Shimane Diseko #

    Is natural honey allowed in the daniel fast ?

    November 8, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Shimane,
      There is no sweetener of any kind (Natural or Artificial) allowed on the fast, so no honey. Be Blessed!

      November 10, 2011
  44. Nikki #

    I spent a little time on the site and found the answer to my question. Thanks for the wealth of information and the support! God bless us all.

    November 7, 2011
  45. Kitty #

    I am very inerested in the Daniel Fast, but I am gluten intolerant.
    Will I be able to eliminate wheat products and still get the nutrition, fiber, etc that I need to succeed in the fast?

    November 2, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Kitty,
      Absolutely! Whole wheat is only one of many, many whole grains available to you. I would encourage you to review the food lists for the fast and then make the necessary adjustments with the whole grains that are good for your special health requirements. If you go to http://www.daniel-fast.com and enter your email address you can order your copy of the Daniel Fast Guidelines and they will be emailed back to you. Be Blessed on your Journey!

      November 10, 2011
  46. jenica #

    Hello I would like to know how I can prevent from losing weight during this fast. Besides beans, what other sources of protein can I eat that is daniel-fast-friendly?

    November 2, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Jenica,
      You do not have to lose weight on the fast if you do not want to. As you know, maintaining healthy body weight is a combination of Caloric intake (eating three moderate meals with two snacks per day) and Exercise. You will want to pay specific attention to your protein intake, and you can get plenty of protein in Nuts and Peanut butter, Whole grains, legumes (beans) and Leafy Green Vegetables. And, remember to Drink Lots of 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. I hope this helps, Be Blessed in your Fast!

      November 10, 2011
  47. Constance Bowie #

    Hi Susan,
    Thanks for obeying God by providing information on the Daniel Fast. It has helped me in so many ways. I was just wondering, is Bible Bread with pure honey and Premium WHEAT saltine crackers allowed during the fast? Again thanks for ALL of the resources!
    Constance Bowie

    November 2, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Constance,
      There is no sweetener of any kind (Natural or Artificial) allowed on the fast. With that said, I do not know what the remainder of the Ingredients are in the Bible bread that you are referring to, but it would be disqualified from the fast due to the honey for sure. As for the the Premium WHEAT saltine crackers, it’s all about the Ingredients list (what’s in them), wheat crackers more than likely have sugar and leavening in them, of which neither are allowed on the fast. Triscuts Original crackers are a good choice for the fast. I hope this helps, Be Blessed!

      November 10, 2011
  48. Chelsea #

    Hi Susan,

    I am on day two of my fast. I have had headaches and have been very irritable due to not drinking my morning coffee. I know that after a few days this too shall pass. I went into Von’s today and walked by their Starbucks and had to seriously resist the urge of getting a latte! This is when I realized I had a problem and as a Christian I do not want to be addicted to any substance. Anyhow, thank you SO MUCH Susan for getting this burden to have a blog and sending out emails. Your awesome!

    Also, I was wondering if it was okay to have nutritional yeast flakes? And why is it okay to have plant based milks (Almond, Soy, Rice, Coconut, etc.) When even the organic ones have cane juice which is produced by pressing the juice out of sugar cane stalks. Does that classify as a sweetener? Is there a brand that does not that you could suggest? thanks!

    November 1, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Chelsea,
      Thank you for your kind and encouraging words. Plant based milks are available Unsweetened and additive free, WestSoy is one of many brands available. Yes, Yeast flakes – Also known as Nutritional yeast, because it is deactivated and not a leavening product would be allowed on the fast. Be Blessed!

      November 10, 2011
  49. Samantha #

    I have just started doing the Daniel fast for the 3rd time in the last year as I have found it such a powerful thing to do in my Christian life. Due to having 3 young children and working night shifts as a nurse I did seek God about the caffeine situation. I felt that as long as I decided before God what I was going to sacrifice and commited to this then God has honoured my sacrifice. I have endeavoured on each occasion to adhere to the Daniel Fast in terms of dietary stipulation but have allowed myself to drink some coffee/tea. I have not felt that my fasts were ‘powerless’ as a result, quite the contrary. I felt that i have met with a loving and understanding father. I would be interested to know your thoughts, many blessings

    November 1, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Samantha,
      Regarding coffee/ tea . . . this is one of those gray areas. In Daniel 1, he fasted with “vegetables and water only.”And, in Daniel 10 “he ate no meat or any delicate foods and drank no wine for 21 days.”
      These are the only guidelines in the Scripture that have helped us develop the Daniel Fast for our current day model. That’s why there is so much room for interpretation and why I always tell people to pray about the Fast and ask the Lord to help them make decisions about altering the standard guidelines, which is exactly what you have done. When you presented your fast before the Lord and let Him lead you in what was to be allowed and avoided prior the start of your fast, you were submitting your fast to Him for His direction. After all…It’s All about Him! Be Blessed on your Journey!

      November 10, 2011
  50. Tunisha #

    can you add orange juice to a smoothie? for instance banana, strawberry banana smoothie

    November 1, 2011
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Tunisha,
      Yes, 100% unsweetened, additive free fruit/vegetable juices are allowed for use in recipes, including smoothies that are used as a liquid meal. I hope this helps!

      November 4, 2011

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