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“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

 

One of the great things about the Daniel Fast is that you are not limited to any specific amount of food, but rather to the kinds of food you can eat. The Daniel Fast is limited to vegetables (includes fruits) and water.

 

If you want a print out of this list in brochure form to use yourself or share with others, please visit www.Daniel-Fast.com

The Daniel Fast – available at all local and online bookstores.

Special Note: if you have health issues, please be sure to contact your health professional for advice before committing to any fast including the Daniel Fast. If you would like a list of the foods included and excluded in the Daniel Fast to show your doctor, just copy the contents of this page. Also, if you are interested in a collection of recipes that will take you through an entire 21-day Daniel fast, click here.

After answering hundreds of questions about the Daniel Fast, I am updating the food guidelines. My hope is that it will serve as a more complete list. The original list used by many people was issued in a book about fasting. I know the author tried to do the best he could, but that isn’t the same as getting hundreds of questions seeking clarification. So here is the new list that I hope helps.

Please make sure to READ THE LABEL when purchasing packaged, canned or bottled foods. They should be sugar-free and chemical-free. Keep this in mind as you review this list of acceptable foods.

Foods to include in your diet during the Daniel Fast

All fruits. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Fruits include but are not limited to apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon

All vegetables. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Vegetables include but are not limited to artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, zucchini, veggie burgers are an option if you are not allergic to soy.

All whole grains, including but not limited to whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn.

All nuts and seeds, including but not limited to sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame. Also nut butters including peanut butter.

All legumes. These can be canned or dried. Legumes include but are not limited to dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans.

All quality oils including but not limited to olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, and sesame.

Beverages: spring water, distilled water or other pure waters.

Other: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.

Foods to avoid on the Daniel Fast

All meat and animal products including but not limited to beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish.

All dairy products including but not limited to milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.

All sweetenersincluding but not limited to sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice.

All leavened bread including Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods.

All refined and processed food products including but not limited to artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.

All deep fried foods including but not limited to potato chips, French fries, corn chips.

All solid fats including shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.

Beverages including but not limited to coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.

Remember, READ THE LABELS!

If you want recipes for 21 days with three meals and snack for each day, plus meal plans and great ideas for the Daniel Fast, consider The Daniel Fast Cookbook! Just $8.95, plus your purchase helps support this lay ministry and makes it possible for this blog to continue!

 

The Daniel Fast at www.Daniel-Fast.com

The work in Zimbabwe has been fulfilled. Thank you to all who participated!

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  1. Hi Alicia,

    No animal products at all are allowed on the Daniel Fast. It’s one of the primary pillars of the 21-day fast. The fast centers on fruits, vegetables and water. Whole grains and nuts are also allowed, but all animal products are not allowed.

    I wish you the best on the fast . . . and about having a bad year, I’ve been there and I want to assure you that God is faithful. Put your total trust in Him. What a timely fast for you!

    January 7, 2008
  2. I assume the “diet pills” are under the supervision of a health provider. In that case, yes they would be allowed. Vitamins and minerals are also acceptable. I am not sure if this is answering your question. Food suppliments is a big subject . . . the main thing is to READ THE LABEL and stay sugar-free and chemical-free.

    I hope the very best for you on our fast.

    January 7, 2008
  3. elizabethfaletoi #

    is it okay to take diet pills or food supplement during the fasting?

    January 7, 2008
  4. Alicia Glenn #

    I was just wondering if the you can have the chicken veggie patties on the daniels fast. also my pastor said they we should go as long we can is it imperative that we fast for the 21 days. I am praying for guidance. Last yr was absolutely horrible. I am down to nothing and I need some direction. I am going through a divorce and would love to see restoration but im sure that’s not in the plans but there is alot I need some direction.

    January 7, 2008
  5. Monica Edmonds #

    I love your website and it has been a wonderful help in assisting my husband and I with the Daniel Fast that we started today. You are so right when you said the fast is a consecrating of our body, soul and spirit. I truly beleive God is going to move on every person that is fasting during Jan 2008. Giving up things is hard but God just wants to see were are hearts are. God has already given me revelation of the future yesterday on something specific, a day before the fast so I am so sure he is going to move mightily in our lives. Be Blessed

    January 7, 2008
  6. Hi Deann and Poppy,

    Sorry, no honey on the Daniel Fast. The reason is that in Daniel 10 the prophet denied himself of any “delicate” foods. So as the Daniel Fast has been shaped over the years, all kinds of sweeteners have been restricted.

    January 7, 2008
  7. Deanna #

    Hi,

    I was wondering if you can have honey on the daniel fast?
    This is are first daniel fast.
    Thanks

    January 7, 2008
  8. Poppy #

    Hello,
    In preparation for fasting I would like to know about using honey. I have seen the question asked several times but I have not seen an answer.
    Thank you for the help that you are giving to so many of us. God bless you and may He continue to give each of us more wisdom and understanding.

    January 7, 2008
  9. Otonye #

    Ps – I eat the honey almond flax kashi cereal… is that okay? I looked at the ingredients and it seemed all natural… so can I eat it as a dry snack?

    January 6, 2008
  10. Otonye #

    Hello Ms Gregory

    I went to my small group for graduate students in my church meeting today, and the leaders of the group invited us to join in on the Daniel Fast which they began today… so I would be a day behind. I have never done this before, so I am somewhat intimidated because I LOVE SWEETS… and having grown up without eating much fruit… and naturally not caring for vegetables…and being used to piling on the carbs… do you have any suggestions that will encourage me (I know prayer etc)…but like from your personal experience when you first started? My other question pertains to the use of olive or even canola oil… which I think I did not see a response to on this page… are those okay? cause I can not imagine eating veggies without sauteeing them in some way. And why do we exclude dairy?… cause I looked at my organic milk and everything is natural and the animal is not killed to obtain it… just curious.
    Thank you so much.

    And THIS WEBSITE is the BEST I have found especially for a newbee like myself

    January 6, 2008
  11. Hi Gwynda — sorry for the late response — I’m working through the pile :-)

    Stevia is one of those gray areas. It’s totally natural so it passes the “no chemical” part of the fast. But then we need to consider the “sweet” part of it. That’s where I think it’s up to the individual and how they see the Lord leading them. As you know, there is a lot of room for interpretation with the Daniel Fast, so it’s really an individual call about the Stevia.

    January 6, 2008
  12. Hi Haley,

    I usually make my own salad dressings because most prepared dressings include sugar. However, there are a couple organic dressings made by Annie’s Naturals which do not have sugar or other “no no” ingredients. I like the red wine and olive oil vinaigrette and the goddess dressing. BTW red wine vinegar is the ingredient, not real red wine. :-)

    Also, you will find xanthan gum in many salad dressing recipes. It is a natural thickener and would not be considered a chemical like those we are to avoid.

    January 6, 2008
  13. Hi Linda,

    Yes, I encourage you to print pages from the weblog. Thanks for asking!

    Regarding the chick peas and and other dry or canned beans — yes, they are all good. Again, if you use canned beans, READ THE LABEL. Many food companies add sugar.

    Your kids might like canned fruit. Most of the “lite” canned fruits are without sugar on only fruit in their own juice. So this can be a nice help.

    January 6, 2008
  14. Hi Emilee, the thing about ketchup is that it probably has sugar in it, even if it’s organic. The main this is READ THE LABEL. You will be doing a lot of that on the Daniel fast and my guess is that you will be surprised and at the number of products that include sugar in them.

    God bless you on your fast!

    January 6, 2008
  15. Emilee Hoover #

    We are starting the 21 day fast on the 9th, and are starting to prepare now. We were wondering if Ketchup is within the guidelines?

    January 6, 2008
  16. Linda Pendley #

    Oooh, I forgot to ask if it’s okay to print out peices of text like the recipies and lists of foods from this site? i\It will help me with my grocery list if i can, but don’t want to infringe.

    January 6, 2008
    • kristina #

      The sugar thing is SO TRUE! We couldn’t belive how many things had sugar in them. This will defiantely affect our regular meal planning in the future

      February 20, 2010
  17. Linda Pendley #

    I didn’t see Garbonzo beans or Chick Peas on the list, but can I assume that they fall under the “Bean/Lentil” category?  Our church (EMIC) is starting a corporate 21 day fast on Thursday the 10th of January. Pastor said that along with foods that we should fast things that distract us from hearing God’s voice or things that are in the “I gotta have it or I can’t be nice to anyone!” Category. This website is going to be my guide to helping my family through those 21 days. Thanks for all the info.

    January 6, 2008
  18. Haley #

    What kind of salad dressing is okay to use during a Daniel Fast?

    January 6, 2008
  19. Gwynda Robertson #

    Hello…again….I meant to ask also if the natural sweetener….Stevia..
    is allowed?…..thanks again…..Gwyn

    January 6, 2008
    • marie williams #

      What was the answer given about Stevia? I’ve wondered the same thin.

      July 18, 2009
      • Hi Marie,

        Stevia is a great herbal sweetener that has grown in popularity in the United States in the last several years. And I strongly encourage people to use it AFTER the Daniel Fast. During the Daniel Fast, one of the restrictions is no sweeteners, and even though this herb has no calories and is natural, it’s still a sweetener.

        This is one of those fine line areas, but I do think it’s important that we remember that we are not just switching to a healthier way of eating or a natural foods diet (even though that is what the Daniel Fast embodies). Instead, we are following the fasting experiences as laid out in Daniel 1, Daniel 10 and typical Jewish fasting principles as a way to submit our flesh and increase our focus on God for an intense period of time.

        So, even though Stevia is a great product, it’s still not allowed on the fast.

        I hope this helps!

        July 23, 2009
  20. Gwynda Robertson #

    Hi Susan

    I am currently on the Daniel fast……Is honey allowed ?….

    I have done this fast a few years but normally …I fast with water and fruits only……
    Thank you for your answers……Gwyn Robertson

    January 6, 2008
  21. Daniel & Brenda Tessener #

    I noticed with two of the salads, that you say to remove the seeds out of the cucumbers and then slice. What is the reasoning behind this? I did it and did not even think about it until my daughter was over and questioned me. I had no answer and she ribbed me saying why do something and not know why.
    So could you enlighten me?

    January 5, 2008
  22. Hi Alyssa,

    Yes, soybeans and soymilk are acceptable to use in cooking and with your menus. This gets a little “gray,” but I would say Yes to soymilk for cooking and on cereal, but NO for a beverage since the Daniel Fast says “water only” for beveralges.

    January 5, 2008
    • soulout4jesus #

      Why are dairy product excluded from a daniel fast? Don’t they contain important vitamins the body needs?

      July 9, 2009
      • Hi there,

        Thanks for your question. The Daniel Fast is not based on what is healthy, although it is an extremely healthy way to eat. Instead, it is based on the fasting practices of the Prophet as described in Daniel 1 and Daniel 10 along with common Jewish fasting principles. In Daniel 1 we see that the prophet ate only fruits and vegetables and drank only water. So that’s why dairy products are not included.

        I hope this helps!

        July 9, 2009
    • Nicole #

      Hello,
      I was looking on here for snacks and i saw that we can have soy products, but i wanted to know if we can have a soy smoothie with fresh fruits and drink water with it as if it is a meal? also some daniels fast say that we can have 100% fruit juice and then others say that we can not. Im pretty confused on what to believe..can you help me out?

      August 5, 2009
      • Good morning Nicole,

        If we follow the fasting examples of the prophet, the only beverage on the Daniel Fast is water (see Daniel 1). So that’s why I say only water as a beverage. Smoothies however are more like liquid meals, so they are fine as long as all the ingredients are consistent with those that are acceptable on the fast. Soy is on the acceptable list so you would be okay to have a soy/fruit smoothie.

        I hope this helps!

        August 8, 2009
    • kristina #

      I see part of of my question above answerd to me here-I am wondering where Biblically It says he didn’t make fruit juice or anything. I remember it saying “any good foods pass my lips” or something to that afect. Just trying to get everything stright :)

      February 20, 2010
      • Hi Kristina,

        The Daniel Fast is based on the fasting experiences of the prophet as recorded in Daniel 1 and Daniel 10 along with typical Jewish fasting principles. In Daniel 1 we learn that the prophet asked to eat only pulse (food grown from seed) and drink only water. That’s why juice is not allowed on Daniel Fast as a beverage.

        February 20, 2010
  23. Hi Peggy,

    Sorry, all coffee and tea are not included. That’s because the Daniel Fast is limited to “water only.” With that said, 100% fruit and vegetable juices are acceptable since they are only fruits, vegetables and water. Smoothies, using soy or rice milk are within the guidelines, but they are not considered beverages . . . instead are “liquid meals.”

    January 5, 2008
    • kristina #

      Hello, my fiance and I began doing the daniel fast together this past week. And he is wondering why we can use all natural herbs, and drink water-but we can’t put the two together and make natural herbal tea?? How is this different than making a smoothie, or homemade juice?

      February 20, 2010
      • Hi Kristina,

        The only beverage on the Daniel Fast is water (see Daniel 1). So tea, juice and other beverages are not allowed. Smoothies are not considered a beverage, but rather a liquid meal. This may seem like a fine line, but necessary when one is trying to stay within guidelines.

        February 20, 2010
    • charisma g #

      is smoothie a dairy? and is cheese ok?

      June 13, 2010
      • If a smoothie has dairy in it – then it’s not okay. If you make it with plant-based products then it should be fine. Also, no dairy (including cheese) on the Daniel Fast. Go to http://Daniel-Fast.com and get a copy of the guidelines emailed to you.

        June 20, 2010
  24. Peggy #

    Can you drink decaffeinated coffee?

    January 5, 2008
  25. Alyssa Bailey #

    Thank you, and I just thought of one last thing, sorry for the trouble. Are soy beans and soy milk okay as well?

    January 4, 2008
  26. Hi Alyssa,

    Suppliments are medications are all within the guidelines.

    I hope the very best for you and your church on the New Year fast.

    January 4, 2008
  27. Alyssa Bailey #

    First I want to take the time to thank you for your effort and support. Second, I am starting the 21-day fast with my entire church. I take certain pills everyday and one of them is Fish Oil and Multi Vitamins, are these okay to take in the Daniel Fast?

    January 4, 2008
  28. Hi Barry,

    First I want to say that pain is not generally a part of fasting. It could be detoxing taking place. But seek the wisdom of the Lord. Number one, pray about the pain, speak to the healing powers in your body and tell them to get busy, but also . . . don’t jeopardize your health. If you sense you need a health providor’s care, please seek it.

    January 4, 2008
  29. Barry #

    I’ve been on the Daniel fast since Jan. 1. I’ve been having considerable pain in my lower back and moving down into both hips for the last 30 hours. Any ideas?

    January 4, 2008
    • Margo #

      Barry,
      I have had similar experiences with the Daniel fast and after the first 3-4 days, it passes and I feel great.

      January 7, 2010
  30. Hi Heather,

    The Daniel Fast is just one of the ways to fast. If you and your husband have greater spiritual success fasting another way, then I would continue to fast in that manner. There is nothing powerful about the foods included or excluded. It’s the fact that you are consecrating your body, soul and spirit unto the Lord.

    Regarding tap water? That really depends on the quality of your water. Most municiple water has lots of chemicals in it. Drinking it while fasting, expecially on a water only fast, can be dangerous to one’s system.

    Finally, about the applesauce? READ THE LABEL. If it is sugar free and chemical free, than you are FREE to eat it :-)

    God bless you on your Daniel Fast.

    January 4, 2008
  31. KC #

    What about tea and honey which are my normal fasting staples. Thanks KC

    January 4, 2008
  32. My husband and I and My Mother and Father and my sister are all on a daniel fast this month. I believe God is calling us to cutoff food addiction that is taking place of time with God.You rarely hear preachers preach a sermon on gluttonly. My husband is a Pastor and I have watched him be a good example of not being a glutton. I am doing the fast because I want to draw closer to the Lord and for food to loose it’s grip on my life. I grew up where food was comfort…now I want my Lord to be the only comfort. I am not overweight at all,but I still had the problem of some who choose food to comfort. I was just blessed with a higher metabolism. The church where my husband is one of the pastors…the main pastor spoke on the gluttony subject and I am so proud of him!Thank you for your information on the website…very helpful.

    January 4, 2008
  33. Heather #

    My husband and I started the fast on the 3rd, planning only to have fruits, veggies, and water. Then discovered that oatmeal, beans, and nuts are permitted, and so are including them- but it seems like that is much more enjoyable, and looking at your food list, there is quite a bit of yummy things! If we can eat all these things, then I don’t feel very deprived at all, and wonder if it is ok for me- are we still consecrating ourselves if it isn’t too much of a hardship? Also, have been drinking tap water and husband has had canned soup- (and what about applesauce?) do we have to start over? I’m not even sure he’d agree to be restricted to bottled water. Thanks so much!

    January 4, 2008
  34. Hi Mike.

    Thanks for the question.

    The Daniel Fast is water only (see Daniel 1). You can use juices in recipes or in smoothies (which are considered liquid breakfasts).

    January 4, 2008
    • Daizia McGhee #

      Looking at the comment about the back pain causes me to wonder; I’ll be 15 in a couple of weeks and am on the Daniel fast with my church. I also play soccer for my high school. I think I may have pulled a muscle in my lower back and it’s been hurting for a little less than a week. Does the fast slow down or speed up the healing or neither? Because I’ve soaked, massaged, put ice and put heat on it and it still bothers me. Thanks,
      -dayy

      January 7, 2010
      • Hi Dayy,

        Most of those with back pain are suffering from detox due to caffeine, sugar and processed foods. You are most likely suffering from a pulled muscle. I don’t know that the Daniel Fast will affect it one way or another. It sounds like you are giving it the treatment it needs.

        Be blessed!

        January 7, 2010
    • TONY #

      SUSAN, I USED IT IN LIEU OF THE FRUITS REQUIREMENT. I’M DIABETIC & IT DID NOT RAISE MY BLOOD SUGAR. MUCH BETTER FOR ME THAN PULP JUICES. FLUSHES OUT MY SYSTEM AND RETAINS NOTHING. KIND OF AN IN & OUT MEAL. LET YOU KNOW NEXT TIME IF I LOST ANY WEIGHT. I AM 6’1″
      & 360 LBS WHEN I STARTED. THE LOWEST READING I HAD ONE MORNING WAS 73….80-120 IS NORMAL.

      June 8, 2010
  35. Mike #

    Hi. I belong to a church that says we are allowed only water and fruit or vegatable drinks that we make ourselves in a blender with only the fruits since even 100% all-natural juices still have additives somewhere in it. What is your belief on that?

    Thank you very much and God Bless!

    January 4, 2008
    • TONY #

      I’VE BEEN DRINKING 100% APPLE JUICE THE KIND YOU HAVE TO SHAKE THE BOTTLE. FRUCTOSE IS NOT REFINED SUGAR, IT IS NATURAL SUGARS.
      I AM DIABETIC AND THIS HAS LOWERED MY BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS REPEATEDLY.

      May 12, 2010
      • Hi Tony,

        It sounds like the apple juice you drink is a great option for you . . . just not on the Daniel Fast since the only beverage allowed is water.

        May 28, 2010
  36. Hi Teri,

    Daniel Fast “purists” forgo all sugars and sweeteners, whether natural or chemical.

    January 3, 2008
  37. Can we eat raw sugar

    January 3, 2008
  38. Sorry,Larry. No coffee or tea for that matter. Water only . . . and 100 percent fruit and vegetable juice.

    Thousands are expected to fast in January, so we all might want to sell our Starbuck’s stocks! :-)

    January 3, 2008
  39. Larry #

    Can you drink coffee on the fast?

    January 3, 2008
  40. Salt is totally acceptable on the Daniel Fast. Keep in mind that you need to get in a habit of reading labels. All prepared seasonings and seasonings salts should be sugar-free and chemical-free.

    Thanks for your kinds words about the blog. I truly want to bless others!

    January 3, 2008
  41. TP #

    I just wanted to inquire about seasoning such as salt and pepper. Another variation of the fast lists no salt, and I couldn’t really figure out why.

    And PLEASE know that this site is SUCH a blessing!!!

    January 2, 2008
    • kaite #

      hey im Katie im starting this fast tomorrow and i was wandering about salt and peper too. Im 13 and my mom said that he ate things from the earth so sea salt is sea and i dont remember where peper comes from.

      October 14, 2009
  42. deb0502 #

    I know “fats” are not part of the fast, however, I do note that olive oil is used. So that is an “ok” fat? Also is there any type of salad dressing that is ok to use on salads?

    My husband and I are joining this fast on 1/6 – I know it’s not going to be an easy thing, but I’m so looking forward to what the Lord is going to do through it!

    January 1, 2008
    • kristina #

      we did fin an organic balsamic vinigrette in the produce section (after 30 mins for searching the store readin labels) I also am making a vinigrette-olive oil, vinigar, and some dijon mustard (once I find some without sugar) it’s great as a salad dressing, on artichoke leaves, and red grapes!

      February 20, 2010
      • Great idea, Kristin.

        A great bottled dressing that I use often on the Daniel Fast is Newman’s Own Oil and Vinegar Salad Dressing. All the ingredients comply with the Daniel Fast.

        February 20, 2010
      • Shelly #

        I sometimes use lime juice in my oil and try using soy sauce also.

        March 23, 2010
  43. Hi Lynn,

    I wrote a post titled “Youth, Special Diets, and the Daniel Fast.” Do a search on “special diets” and it should come up. I talk about diabetic needs in that post. It is totally possible to be on the Daniel Fast as a diabetic with just a few adjustments. I address that on the post I mentioned.

    To search, just go to the top of this site and there is a search field on the left.

    God bless you!

    December 31, 2007
  44. Lynn Richard #

    What if you are diabetic? I know you said those with health problems, but I would really like to try this.

    December 31, 2007
  45. Hi Terri,

    I think the answer to your last question really answers the others. Yes, the Daniel Fast is open to interpretation. The Daniel Fast is based on Daniel 10:2, 3 and those verses are very vague. The Daniel Fast Food List has been developed over the last several years, but it’s not cast in stone. It is a guideline and there is nothing powerful in the foods that are eaten or not eaten. The power of the Daniel Fast is when an individual consecrates himself or herself to the Lord by setting a period of time for focused prayer and fasting.

    With all that said, the reason bread is restricted is that leavened bread was often restricted in Jewish fasting. That’s why some people will eat flat bread during the fast and tortillas are also “allowed.” Fish? Again, most people on the Daniel Fast eat no meat, fish or poultry. That is based on the fast described in Daniel 1 when Daniel and his companions ate only vegetables and drank only water.

    My advice is to pray about the fast and see how the Lord leads you. The fast is “unto the Lord” and should be free of any kind of legalism.

    I hope this helps . . .

    December 30, 2007
    • Gloria #

      Susan, reading your comments about not making the fast about legalism really released me from bondage. Like other viewers I was so concerned about what I can and can’t have to eat that my focus was winding up on the food instead of the giver of all food.I’m going to stick with the basic and drink only water, eat fruits and veggies and brown rice. That’s a good fast for me because I love drinking sweet flavored drinks (even sugarfree) eating breads, sweets, and lots of meat. So as I give up these things and concentrate on Jesus who is Lord of Lords and King of Kings, I can believe to have some things loosed into my life that the enemy has been hindering from getting to me(just as he did with Daniel) Thanks so much for your leadership in this fasting and your sweet spirit. May God continue to bless you and your book, for His sake.Gloria

      January 9, 2010
      • Great post, Gloria.

        Not only have you been released from bondage . . . but also your flesh! Many of the posts represent the flesh trying to hang on to foods that are craved. “Why can’t I have honey?” “Why can’t I drink tea.” “Is it okay if I have just a little coffee. I can’t imagine starting my morning without it.”

        So, settling for water, fresh fruits and vegetables along with brown rice is submitting your flesh to the spiritual discipline of prayer and fasting.

        Be blessed!

        January 9, 2010
  46. terri #

    How do we know that Daniel meant all bread when he wrote “no pleasant bread”. I take this to mean pastry. I know that they didn’t have sweets as we know sweets as there wasn’t refined sugar, but wasn’t there honey, that they used to dip bread in? I’m using the King James New Open Bible. Does “no flesh” also include fish? My last question is, is the Daniel fast open to interpratation?

    December 30, 2007
  47. Hi Janet.

    We don’t know what foods were available for sure. What we do know is that Daniel did not eat meat or delicacies and drank no wine for a 21 day period. So this is what we use as the model. The Daniel Fast Food List has been developed over many years. It’s a diet that is free from all chemicals and processed foods. It has no sugar or breads (delicacies) and no animal products.

    The thing I try to stress to people is that there is no power in the foods eaten or not eaten. The power is in consecrating our body, soul and spirit unto the Lord for a focused time of prayer and fasting. The Word teaches us that when we draw near to the Lord that He will draw near to us. Setting this time apart for focused and more intense devotion to our Almighty God is what is much more important than the food list. So these are guidelines that serve well since they a foods that are good for our body and yet there is a level of restriction that provides the discipline element necessary for a fast.

    December 30, 2007
    • Miguel #

      Well stated! i Enjoy this web page. It is a great tool that aids in my walk with the Lord. God continue to bless you and your ministry.

      Miguel:o)

      January 11, 2010
    • Samm #

      I really enjoy this page. This is my 1st 21 day fast and I felt lead to do the Daniel Fast. Not knowing the details on the Fast, I followed and here I am. The more I get into it the more I see what God is doing for and with me and that this is exactly what I needed. On day 3 and I can already feel a change. Thank you Susan, the book is amazing.

      January 12, 2010
      • Yeah, Samm. Praise God that He is drawing you closer to Him. Prayer and fasting is so powerful, but we only know that when we engage with an open and humble heart! Our God is so good!

        Thanks for your kind words. I praise Him for all He has taught me that I can then share with His children.

        January 12, 2010
    • Misty #

      Thanks for this. I was led by the Lord to start a 40 day fast with my church, but have never gone that long fasting before. When considering my diet I knew that I wanted to focus on fruits and vegetables, but would need some dairy (low-cal dressing, cheese) for the salads. I also am allowing myself some caffiene because I work nights, but I’m cutting back. When I first read this I saw “foods to avoid” and thought uh oh, I’m eating dairy and not drinking only water. I had to remember that my circumstances are not other’s. I’m not eating meat (a big one for me), candy, or processed foods which is a huge step for me in the right direction. I have had problems with constipation for years and I believe this fast will set me free!

      February 11, 2010
    • TONY #

      I HAVE BEEN TO ISRAEL. IN THE JORDAN VALLEY EVERYTHING [VEG/FRUITS] THAT GROW IN FLORIDA GROW THERE. I ASSUME THAT ANSWERS THE QUESTION “WAS IT THERE IN DANIEL’S TIME?”

      May 12, 2010
      • Hi Tony,

        Thanks for your response. I would also like to add to this thread that the Daniel Fast is based on the fasting experiences of the prophet. But it not a “eat as Daniel ate” fast. So we use the guidelines in Daniel 1 and Daniel 10 along with typical Jewish fasting principles to establish the food lists.

        Be blessed and thanks for your contribution.

        June 1, 2010
    • Jose #

      That is a GREAT ANSWER!!! and to add one more thing to that, many people think God is changing in you because of the fast, but the word constantly says I am the same then, now and forever, what fasting does is through self sacrifice and discipline, we become a honorable vessel in preparing ourselves to be used by the Lord in greater ways, and now you can be entrusted with more things,

      for example, Jesus didn’t step into his ministry until after his 40 day fast, He had a much more difficult fast than a daniel fast but the point is that God entrusted him with so much Glory and Power and Honor because He knew He was disciplined.

      May 30, 2010
    • Becky #

      Thank You for that answer. It has actually cleared some things up for me.

      December 17, 2010
  48. Janet #

    How do you know all these fruits and vegetables were available in Daniels time.

    December 30, 2007
  49. Lisa asked if oranges are an approved food on the Daniel Fast. Yes, all fruits and vegetables are acceptable on the Daniel Fast and actually are the core of the diet. I will add it to the list! Thanks for asking the question.

    December 26, 2007
  50. lisa #

    how about oranges on the Daniel fast?

    December 26, 2007
    • Heydi #

      Yes. Oranges can be consumes during the Daniel fast because fruits are mentioned in the foods to include in your diet.

      January 9, 2010
  51. Erma #

    On the Daniel Fast I dont see the calorie counter in the recipes. Is there anything out there on the Daniel fast with the nutrition facts included

    January 12, 2010
  52. Daniel #

    The daniel fast does not included canned fruit because of the sugar syrup that is on the label. Remember, no artificial flavorings or sweeteners other than natural…keep this in mind.

    April 14, 2010
  53. Becca #

    I did not know you could have anything besides fresh fruit and veggies.

    June 27, 2010
  54. cesar #

    is almond milk alright to consume?

    October 12, 2010
  55. cesar #

    is chewing gum an issue.that is sugarless gum that I’m referring to

    October 20, 2010
  56. jennifer jackson #

    I read that u can have brown rice and pasta, is that true bc that does contain sugars. With the daniel fast, the complete avoidance of sugars and chemicals is inevitable, If chemicals is referring to inorganic products.

    December 29, 2010
  57. Hi Erma,

    Having a calorie counter is a great idea . . . but this little farm girl is just one person . . . and at this point that’s more than I can do. I hope to develop such a service in the future! Meanwhile, you can find the information on other food sites on the Internet.

    Be blessed!

    January 13, 2010
  58. John McCrosky #

    A calorie counter is in SparkPeople, which is an internet dieting network. You can create a menu and it will calculate the nutritional values.

    May 11, 2010
  59. jennifer jackson #

    I have alot of questions, I wanted to know if no chemicals means a complete organic diet and if I can eat fruits like bananas in soy milk its only if i drink it is where the exception is, correct?

    December 28, 2010
  60. jennifer jackson #

    also are soy burgers allowed on the daniel fast?

    December 28, 2010
  61. Kristi #

    I am a vegetarian and have been looking into vegan foods. I found this burger, http://www.sunshineburger.com/ that doesn’t have sweetners. I have so far only found them at Whole Foods, but I think that the website states wjere the are sold.

    God Bless.

    December 29, 2010
  62. Hi Daniel,

    You are correct that canned fruit with added sweeteners are not allowed on the fast. However, thankfully there are canned fruits with no sugar added. These are generally sold as “Lite” fruits and are canned in their own juices.

    Be blessed!

    April 14, 2010
  63. Yes. Daniel asked to eat only pulse (food grown from seed) and drink only water (Daniel 1). So whole grains are all allowed. You can also have oils, herbs and spices.

    Remember, the only beverage on the fast is water . . .

    Be blessed!

    July 1, 2010
  64. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Cesar,
    Unsweetened soy, almond milk, 100% fruit/vegetable juice (unsweetened) are allowed for use in recipes, or in smoothies when used as a liquid meal. But the only drinking beverage on the Daniel Fast is water (see Daniel 1).
    Be Blessed!

    October 12, 2010
  65. Hi Cesar,

    I have looked all over for a chewing gum that is free of sweeteners and chemicals and have yet to find one. My guess is that the one you are considering has one or the other in it. If not, let me know so I can pass on the information to others!

    Be blessed on your fast!

    December 6, 2010
  66. Soy burgers are allowed as long as they are free of diary, chemicals and sweetners. I have yet to find a brand that is free of those ingredients. You can find several recipes for veggie burgers in the Daniel Fast Cookbook Version II. Go to http://daniel-fast.com/store.html

    Be blessed

    December 28, 2010
  67. Hi Jennifer,

    Liquid meals are allowed as long as all the ingredients comply with the Daniel Fast guidelines. Liquid meals are not considered beverages. The only beverage allowed on the Daniel Fast is water. So while you may “drink” your liquid meal, it still would not be considered a beverage.

    I hope this helps.

    December 28, 2010
  68. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Jennifer,
    Yes, brown rice and whole wheat pasta is allowed on the Daniel Fast. The sugars that are to be avoided are added in sugars, natural sugars such as what is naturally in foods (fruits are a good example) are allowed. Just no added sugars or sweetners of any type. Chemicals are a reference to the processing of foods from a natural pure state to an altered state (such as preservatives, enriched, taste enhancers etc.). Of course eating organic as much as possible is preferred, just not always practical.
    For a complete list of the Daniel Fast Guidelines you can go to http://Daniel-fast.com/ and they will be emailed back to you. I hope this helps.
    Be Blessed in your Fast!

    December 29, 2010
  69. Daniel Fast Team #

    Sort of, there’s several things that a vegan can eat that are avoided while on the fast…The Daniel Fast is like a “Vegetarian Plus More Restrictions” way of eating. General Food list: (no sweeteners of any kind, no leavening (yeast, baking powder/soda) and yes this even covers whole grain leavened breads, no caffeine – coffee/teas, no chemical food additives and preservatives. Then there’s the obvious: no animal products, no seafood, no dairy products. Here’s the Yes foods – the good stuff: Water is the only drinking beverage, all whole grains flours and whole grain pastas, all vegetables, all fruits, all nuts and seeds, all beans, peas and legumes, all spices and seasonings, and good quality plant based oils.
    For a complete list you can order a copy of the Daniel Fast Guidelines by going to http://www.daniel-fast.com and enter your email address, they will be emailed back to you. Be Blessed on your Journey!

    February 1, 2012
  70. Ellen #

    Becky we will be rooting for you. Three of us at my job will begin ours on January 1 as well. We will touch base with you later.

    December 28, 2012

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