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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. Summer M. #

    Hi this will be my second time doing the Daniel fast this year. The first time I did receive some breakthroughs, but I feel the need to do it again because I still have a lot of things on my heart and I feel that the only God can help me. The only thing is it’s not just one thing. There are a number of things. So my question is, can I fast for all those things at once? Even if it means the fast being longer than 21 days. Also, I want to do it this time without letting people know. I feel this is a personal thing between God and I. I need some guidance. Please help

    August 4, 2015
    • Yes, Summer, you can fast for multiple things. The only problem is that you may not be able to do a deep dive study all at the same time.

      You might want to read a post I just published on my other Daniel Fast site: as it addresses this issue.

      Be blessed on your fast!

      August 20, 2015
  2. Hello Susan.
    Thank you for your direction. I have the book, audio book, and workbook.
    I started today…Are we allowed to take “beano?” Beans do not agree with my system. I love them, but they don’t love me. If not, are there any tips you can give me to avoid this?

    Thank you!

    August 3, 2015
    • Thanks, Stephanie. Sorry for this late reply. I have been moving and then on vacation. Catching up!

      Yes, if you need to take Beano for health purposes then it would be allowed. The same goes for all medications.

      With that said, your body may adjust once it gets used to the extra fiber in your diet.

      Be blessed and thanks for writing.

      August 20, 2015
  3. Nozuko #

    God is Good and i like this site.Starting a Daniel fast next week it will be my second time now.Please pray with me

    July 14, 2015
  4. Deirdre #

    I wanted to know if potatoes sautéed in olive oil okay for the fast?

    July 11, 2015
    • Yes, vegetables sauteed in small amounts of oil would be allowed. Just no deep frying.

      August 20, 2015
  5. Ashley #

    Is Stevia allowed on the Daniel Fast?

    July 6, 2015
    • No sweeteners of any kind are allowed on the fast. However, Stevia is a great option AFTER your fast.

      August 20, 2015
  6. Wailynne #

    Hi this is my first time doing a daniel fast faithfully. And i believe im ready for this one..But I just wanted to know if theres a word in the Bible that i should read for these next 21 days..Im so excited i started today so Im quiet nervous.

    June 1, 2015
    • Hi Wailynne,

      The book I wrote, The Daniel Fast: feed your soul, strengthen your spirit and renew your body has a 21-day daily devotional for the fast. You can get it on Kindle if you want it right away. Also, when you sign up for the newsletter I publish you are offered a set of devotionals.

      Otherwise, I encourage you to read the Book of Daniel and the Gospel of John during your fast. Perhaps a chapter a day and meditate on what God says to you through His Word.

      Be blessed!

      June 1, 2015
      • Pantea #

        Hi im going on daniel fast this is my third time. But this time im taking vitamins that contain 2 g sugar should i stop taking the vitamins ?

        June 15, 2015
      • First I would ask why vitamins need to have sugar! I would first check out to make sure this is the best vitamin for you. Usually, medications and vitamins are continued on the fast if they are taken for health purposes. I would do a little more investigation and perhaps find a vitamin that is free of sugar and still gives you what you need.

        June 18, 2015
  7. Aizee Blondet #

    I maje Daniel Fast last month. Was Great, I want to do it again but the problem is that when I start to eat again, regular food but not like before I start to have diarrhea. I only eat chicken and turkey..! But every time that I eat some is uffull. Please help me to do the best because those 21 day was the best experience that I have..!

    May 31, 2015
    • Hi Aizee,

      I suggest that you slowly introduce the animal proteins back into your eating plan when you complete the fast. Maybe only a couple ounces to start. The Daniel Fast is a very “clean” way to eat and it sounds like your body is rejecting the poultry.

      June 1, 2015
  8. can I use a mouth spray to help the bad odours while on the past, if not what can I use

    May 30, 2015
    • The best way to keep sweet breath is to drink plenty of water and eat plenty of dark green vegetables. I often chew parsley as a plant-based breath freshener.

      Be blessed on your fast

      June 1, 2015
  9. Shondell hazer #

    Are whole wheat breads allowed on the Daniel fast?

    May 25, 2015
    • No leavening agents are allowed on the Daniel Fast and so no raised breads. You can make your own chapatti for an option.

      June 1, 2015
  10. What types of cereals can we have?

    May 24, 2015
    • The best is oatmeal or muesli. Quick, easy and oh so good for you. If you want a prepared boxed cereal check out Ezekiel 4:9 cereals by Food for Life. Be sure to read the list of ingredients to make sure there are no sweeteners.

      June 1, 2015
  11. Tee #

    The whole wheat pasta I purchased has Durum Whole Wheat Flour as the only ingredient. Is that acceptable for the Daniel Fast?

    May 16, 2015
  12. Tee #

    I purchased Dr Praegers veggie burger. I’m not sure of a couple of ingredients for the fast. Can you please clarify if they are allowable. Soy flour, arrowroot, corn starch, and cornmeal.

    May 15, 2015
  13. dk #

    Can you have salt on the Daniel Fast?

    May 15, 2015
    • Yes, salt and other pure seasonings and herbs are allowed.

      May 18, 2015
  14. Edie #

    Just a quick question. I take multiple medications at night which cause extreme sleepiness and a fog over my brain every morning. I’ve become a vegetarian over the last six months, basically, fruits, veggies and nuts, which has proved very beneficial to me, but I’m struggling to overcome the need for coffee because of the need for all my prescription medications.

    Does anyone have a suggestion or some sort of method for overcoming the need for caffeine? I’m on several vitamins and supplements.

    May 10, 2015
    • Gabriel Lee #

      Find someone who is an exercise expert (someone who went to school for nutrition our exercise science) to build a set of vitamins and supplements regiment for you. First find out by taking a blood test where your main deficiency lies and find an excellent supplements retailer such as gnc to buy them because that’s what’s going to give you energy. Second remember that exercise profit little. But knowing that I am deficient in Vit D and taking the Right amount daily allows me to not crave coffee the way I had in the past. Praying is always beneficial. Keep searching, and don’t let coffee or a day of low energy have power over your prioritization needs. In the book of Jeremiah God says you shall find me when you seek me with your whole heart. And in the book of John it says that He is the I Am, that He is the way the truth and the life. It also says in the book of John that because I live you shall live also. Seek first the kingdom.

      June 17, 2015
  15. Lorena Welch #

    I like the 10 days to prepare and make small changes before the start of the Daniel Fast. I will be starting this coming up Thursday. I was wondering what peanut butter had no sugar added? What brand do you recommend to use?

    May 9, 2015
    • Hi Lorena,

      I use Adams Peanut Butter all year whether I am fasting or now. It’s made with only peanuts and a little salt. Clean, good and great for the Daniel Fast.

      May 11, 2015
  16. joseph #

    Hi I’m doing a 21 day liquid fast, should almond milk and coconut milk be avoided?

    May 9, 2015
    • Joseph, this site is about the Daniel Fast, which is different than a liquid fast.

      Be blessed

      May 9, 2015
  17. danelle #

    Are black olives okay to eat on the Daniel 21 Day Fast ?

    May 4, 2015
    • Yes, as long as the list of ingredients on the food label don’t include chemicals.

      May 9, 2015
  18. Is I’m doing something wrong if I havnt heard anything from God while I’m a fast …. I have five days left…… I don’t like it when it quiet

    May 1, 2015
    • Spend time with Him. Ask Him for what you need. He doesn’t always give answers directly through spiritual ears. But I have never had one time of asking Him for direction or an answer when He hasn’t answered in some way.

      Be blessed and be patient :-)

      May 9, 2015
  19. maribel #

    Hi. I wrote on March 10, but still awaiting a reply. Trying another e-mail. Can I eat polenta or yellow corn meal?

    April 30, 2015
    • Yes, you can eat polenta as long as the ingredients all comply with the Daniel Fast. The same with yellow corn meal. If it’s the whole grain, then yes.

      May 1, 2015
  20. #

    Is cocoa powder ok in smoothies?

    April 27, 2015
    • This is one of those ingredients that “on the line.” But I say ‘No’ as it it includes caffeine, which is a stimulant.

      May 1, 2015
  21. coquette collette #


    April 22, 2015
    • Hi . . . hope you’re having a day filled with sweet blessings, much love and great joy!

      May 1, 2015
  22. myrna #

    Is citric acid allowed? I noted it’s in lots of different foods. Also is cream of wheat allowed on the daniel fast?

    April 19, 2015
    • Yes to both, Myrna. Citric acid is naturally derived from citrus fruits. And cream of wheat, if made from whole grains is also allowed.

      April 22, 2015
  23. Jill S #

    I have been doing the Daniel Fast for a about a week now but keep getting very aching legs – has anyone else experienced this and does it get better? Today I am going to have to resort to pain killers.

    April 19, 2015
    • Jill, this is commonly a result of caffeine withdrawals. Drink plenty of water. It sounds like a detox symptom. It should pass soon. If not, be sure it’s not another health issue.

      April 22, 2015
  24. I wanna know can I eat buckwheat waffle or pancake while I on the Daniel fast

    April 14, 2015
    • No, leavening agents are not allowed on the Daniel Fast and are included in both waffles and pancakes.

      April 22, 2015
  25. Dee #

    Is salt allowed during the fast ?
    Thank you.

    April 12, 2015
  26. TaVon #

    I have a question about veggie burgers. The Morning Star Farm’s Garden Burger contains egg whites (probably as a binding agent). Are they still okay to eat on the Daniel Fast?

    April 9, 2015
    • No, eggs are not allowed on the Daniel Fast. There are several recipes for veggie burgers in my Daniel Fast book that do comply with the guidelines.

      April 22, 2015
  27. Is it safe for diabetics to omit all proteins?

    April 4, 2015
    • The Daniel Fast is packed with plant-based protein if you follow the food lists on this site or in the Daniel Fast book. Leafy green vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds are all good sources of protein.

      April 6, 2015
  28. kristy #

    Can I have pickles jalepeno or banana peppers

    April 1, 2015
    • Yes, if there are no sweeteners or chemicals added to the ingredients.

      April 6, 2015
  29. Kevin #

    Hi, I was looking at some unsweeted almond milk to use for a smoothie and noticed 3 ingredients that I wasn’t sure about for the fast…Locust Bean Gum, Sunflower Lecithin, Gellan Gum.

    March 28, 2015
  30. I have been on the Daniel Fast since Ash Wednesday, Sunday’s included, and intend to stay on the program until Easter. Is there anything I should do, following the program to wean off it, so to speak?

    March 14, 2015
    • Yes, Dianne. When you complete the fast slowing reintroduce the restricted foods including dairy, meat and caffeine. You should be okay.

      Be blessed

      March 26, 2015
  31. Mwagner #

    Is sesame seed oil on the Daniel fast?

    March 11, 2015
  32. Carl Williams #

    I was inquiring on if almond milk or orange juice would be acceptable during the Daniel fast since they are made from the seed

    February 16, 2015
    • Unsweetened plant-based milks and unsweetened juices are allowed in recipes. However, the only beverage on the Daniel Fast is water (see Daniel 1).

      Be blessed.

      February 18, 2015
  33. Paula Abrahams #

    Please guide me through The Daniel Fast

    February 16, 2015
    • The best guide is The Daniel Fast book that I wrote for the very need you stated, Paula.

      It’s the best selling book about that Daniel Fast and has helped hundreds of thousands of believers to experience a successful fast.

      February 18, 2015
  34. carry e #

    I worship at a church in which cell groups is a part of our core. My group is starting the Daniel Fast on 2/18/15 thru 04/05/15. I have heard much of the fast and have fasted various other ways, not as long as this length of time. I am going in with great expectations of deepening my relationship, understanding and following God’s will. I am excited and looking forward to the fast. what pitfalls should i look out for? Can I add any lemon juice to my water?

    February 16, 2015
    • Yes, Carry, you can add lemon slices to water.

      Be blessed

      February 18, 2015
    • toni #

      How was your experience.. we’re you enlightened. . Did you have understanding what God’s will in your life was?

      March 29, 2015
  35. Amy Chew #

    Is durum wheat semolina okay?

    February 3, 2015
    • It’s best to find whole grain pasta. A lot of the duruam wheat semolina is processed and the grain is not complete.

      February 3, 2015
  36. Imonitie O. Raphael #

    Pls I want your newsletters and daily devotionals

    January 26, 2015
    • Click on the link to your right and you will receive them.

      Be blessed

      January 27, 2015
  37. April Flanigan #

    Thanks im in

    January 25, 2015
  38. Cynthia Thomas #

    Thanks I’m in.

    January 20, 2015
  39. I need to know if citric acid is one of the chemicals that you cannot have on the Daniel Fast. It is on the label for canned tomatoes and canned pineapple; so does that make such foods ones to be avoided?

    January 20, 2015
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Terri,
      Citric acid is a naturally derived substance usually from citric fruit. It’s okay.

      January 20, 2015
      • Thank you. I started reading some of the comments again today and saw that on January 4th, Kristy had asked a question that actually contained the answer to my question. Your reply said that both calcium chloride and citric acid are allowed because they are natural preservatives. I am noting this in a document that I can print out and add to my DF guidelines leaflet that was given out at my church.

        I am praying for many needs during this fast — personal as well as for others. We are certainly needing more of Jesus and His greatness in all of our lives. One person I am praying for had a stroke and others are just not really seeking to be vessels of honor in the hands of the Lord. I struggle with some of the requirements of the Lord, but have never lost sight of the truth that He is King and Lord and every knee shall bow, . . . . . . . . . . . whether we bow when it is too late or whether we bow now when He can work through our lives. It is only by His grace that we can find ourselves as obedient and close to the Lord as Daniel was. He is someone to try to imitate no matter what our particular calling and duty to the Father for our individual life may be.

        Thanks so much for your dedication to be all that God has asked you to be . . . . . . . Have a great day in Jesus!


        P.S. You do not need to post this on the blog if you do not want to, but I wanted to reply and thank you for your help.

        January 21, 2015
  40. Eileen #

    How often or when are you suppose to or can you eat? Certain hours or whenever you’re hungry?

    January 19, 2015
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Eileen,
      There is no specific time of day to eat or not eat for the Daniel Fast. Some people add variations of this element to their fast, eating only after sunset and before dawn for example, but is not a requirement for the Daniel Fast.We advise three moderate meals with two small snacks per day. Be Blessed!

      January 21, 2015
  41. Chulekazi Kwayini #

    Can I eat beetroot when im on Daniel Fasting because I don’t see it im list of veggies?

    January 18, 2015
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Yes. All vegetables are allowed.

      January 22, 2015
  42. Cane sugar is allowed?

    January 18, 2015
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Idolina,
      There are no sweeteners of any kind allowed on the fast (natural or artificial), so pass on the cane sugar.

      January 21, 2015
  43. T Jackson #

    I’m on Day 11 of my fast and just realized that I have been using a seasoning that contains sugar. Is my fast no longer meaningful?

    January 15, 2015
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      You’re fine! Just make the necessary adjustments and continue on with your fast. Be Blessed on your Journey!

      January 21, 2015
  44. Kiya #

    Are any of the gums okay? (xantham, guar). I know guar gum derives from a bean, but it’s in some tortilla ingredients.

    January 14, 2015
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Kiya,
      Yes, both Xantham gum and guar gum is a natural ingredient often used as a thickener. So it’s okay . . .

      January 15, 2015
  45. Joz #

    Hi, just a quick question, are pain killers allowed? For headaches, or period pains for example.

    January 14, 2015
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Yes, medications are allowed on the Daniel Fast.

      January 14, 2015
  46. Stephanie w #

    I have never fasted before and wanted to know more about the Daniel fast. After reading this blog, I’ve decided to do it.

    January 13, 2015
  47. Stephanie w #

    I accidently came across this site because I wanted to know about the Daniel fast. This is very useful information

    January 13, 2015

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