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The Daniel Fast for Your Spirit, Soul and Body

The Daniel Fast brings health to every part of you! You are a spirit, you have a soul, and you live in a body. And the Daniel Fast is an excellent tool to bring increase and goodness to all of who you are!

There is a lot of confusion about the makeup of our beings. Yet once understood, one is amazed at the clarity in the Scriptures and the ease it brings to living!

Your spirit is the inner-most part of you. It is the God-centered essence where Christ abides. Jesus addressed the two parts of us in John3:5-7, Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.'” Your mother didn’t give birth to your spirit and your father didn’t provide the sperm (seed) for your spirit. Only God can give birth to your spirit.

The soul (also called the flesh) is the non-material part of you that was born from your mother and of the seed from your father. Your soul is the seat of our conscience, emotions, intellect and will. Your soul cannot perceive truths from the Spirit of God. Your soul can be transformed to the degree that you renew your mind, change your attitudes, and conform to the Word of God. This should happen, and it’s in the process of happening, but it didn’t happen automatically when you accepted the truth of Christ into your life.

The body is easy to understand. You can see it! It is the physical place where our spirit and soul live.

The Daniel Fast is experienced by all three parts of us and brings health to those parts. As a spiritual exercise, we turn our attention to spiritual truths. In doing so, our spirits become stronger. In Matthew 4:3-4 we read about Jesus being tempted by Satan, “The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”

Our spirits are fed from the Word of God. So during the Daniel Fast, many will give extra food to their spirits by increasing the time and attention they give to God’s Word.

Meanwhile, it is the soul that will bring up the fight during the Fast. You will experience this fight when you have to make a choice to push through the hunger pangs and the cravings. Or when you want to have “just one little bite of that bread,” even though it’s against the fasting guidelines  . . . after-all, no one is looking!

The choice to push through and “quiet the soul” is your spirit taking precedence over your soul — or another way of saying it is “living a spirit-led life.” One of the primary benefits of the Fast is that your soul gets “put in its place,” which is under the control of your spirit. What controls your spirit? God and His Word!

Finally, the body. It will do some kicking and screaming, at first. The body will want the usual amount of food . . . and when it doesn’t get it, it will send out hunger pangs to the brain (the soul receives those messages). When your body doesn’t get the caffeine it has come so used  to, it might send out an alert by way of a headache!

But soon, the body too will come into line and benefit from the goodness of the foods in the Daniel Fast. In fact, you might even get some rebellion from our body after the fast when you introduce foods that it’s kind of liked doing without!

During the Fast your body will begin working more efficiently as it receives foods more easily digested, lots of refreshing water, and no artificial chemicals!

So the Daniel Fast is a whole-body-experience! It brings health and strength to the spirit, it brings health and control to the soul, and it brings health and good foods to the body!

16 Comments Post a comment
  1. Daniel Fast Team #

    Yes, many of our catholic brothers and sisters have written in how the Daniel Fast is a blessing to their Lent!

    March 25, 2014
  2. humble hearts #

    Does catholic do Daniel fast?

    March 22, 2014
  3. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Wilhelminah,
    No, many have gone for a longer length of time (up to 50 days), and some for shorter (7 days). This is up to you, AND the leading of the Holy Spirit, so ask Him for His direction for you during this next season. Be Blessed on your Journey! Proverbs 3:6

    February 15, 2013
  4. Wilhelminah #

    This is the second year I am doing Daniel Fast. I have resorted to do Daniel fasting throughout Lent as the Catholics prepare themselves to commemorate the death and rising of our Lord Jesus Christ . It works for me, coz I lose weight, stay focused and live a disciplined life of Bible Reading, Prayer and Living a Holy Life. Does fasting for 40+ days make it lose the meaning of Daniel Fasting?
    Be bkessed

    February 13, 2013
  5. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Janet,
    Here is a general list of the Daniel Fast allowed foods: All fruits, All vegetables, All whole grains, All whole grain flours (and pastas), All Nuts and seeds, All legumes (beans), All quality oils, also, some whole grain cereals that are free of sweeteners and additives (such as: some brands of shredded wheat) oatmeal etc.

    Beverages: Water only – 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 (remember, All foods must be free of Chemical additives and sweeteners).

    Everything you need to complete a successful Daniel Fast is available to you on this site and I encourage you to go through all the tabs and read all the information from ‘About the Fast’ to ‘Spiritual Life’ and so much more.
    For a complete food list you can order a copy of the Daniel Fast Guidelines by going to and enter your email address, they will be emailed back to you. I hope this helps!

    February 1, 2013
  6. janet eay #

    I need to try this fast. Give me some pointers please.

    February 1, 2013
  7. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Libby,
    Traditional raised Breads are not allowed mainly due to the leavening in them. However, the breads that Are allowed on the fast are those that have no eggs, no milk and/or no leavening agents (yeast, baking powder, baking soda) in it, and no additives, which looks more like a whole grain flat bread or whole grain tortillas. Ezekiel brand whole grain Tortillas have ingredients that comply with the fast. They can be found at Trader Joes or in the freezer section of a Health Food store. Be Blessed on your Journey!

    December 18, 2012
  8. Libby #

    It is my first time trying the Daniel Fast, and I am confused: is bread allowed, or no? On the “Daniel Fast Food List,” it is stated that whole grains are allowed; however, here it seems as if bread is prohibited.

    December 16, 2012
  9. Unknown #

    On 01-01-12 will be my first time fasting i was inspirer by a T.V. program I just seen you on. I was in church lastnight and the pastor talk about praying,fasting,giving. I woke up this morning wanting to know more…and there you and Paula was talking about fasting… I have be reading about the daniel fast. I am going through a storm that felt first like no way out. By reading your website I am being more encourage and getting more insight. Now understanding more each day that this storm is not happening to me its happening for me…. I truly believe the daniel fast is part of my new beginning….

    God Bless..

    December 28, 2011
  10. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Rosetta,
    You are at the right place to learn about the Daniel Fast. I encourage you to spend time on this website and the Daniel Fast site, both will provide you with everything you need for a successful Daniel Fast, including guidance about how to focus your fast on a purpose. Also if possible, get a copy of the Daniel Fast book which goes into greater depth into the fast. And, if you don’t already have one, you can receive a free copy of the Daniel Fast Guidelines to review, also available to assist you is a Meal Planning Guide. You can order your free copies of the Meal Planning Guide and the Daniel Fast Guidelines by going to and enter your email address, they will be emailed back to you. And…we are always here to help. Be Blessed in your Journey!

    December 9, 2011
  11. Rosetta #

    Will you kindly teach me on the Daniel fast on daily basis

    December 8, 2011
  12. This is my first fast and this truly has given me more determination to do well. I am on day one and it has gone well. I even went to the supermarket to test whether I would be convicted in shopping healthy or give into the food smells; and my mind-body-spirit were all in agreement to focus on my choice to follow this fast and the Lord’s will.
    This is very exciting and I am just taking it one day at a time, but this site really is helping I have ordered the cookbook so I can really stay on track.
    Thank you and God bless

    April 11, 2011
  13. Tamara McBride #

    This is my first Daniel 21-day Fast. I love the way you explain it to me and I am able to take notes to remind myself everything. Thank You and God Bless You!

    February 20, 2010
  14. Hi Gabe,

    God is so good! Yes, just like in life . . . if we make a mistake or experience a failure . . . we have a loving God who cheers us on as we pick ourselves up and then choose to get on the right path again!

    Be blessed!

    January 6, 2010
  15. Gabriel Rivera #

    Great insight. I have fasted before but not for a long time. This is a very stern plan, what if we fail on a day and give in to the hunger and eat what is forbiden on your list? I hope I can ask forgiveness and proceed with my initial intent through to the end. Just in the first few days I have lost 7lbs. I feel and look better.



    January 6, 2010
  16. Tracy #

    That is the best description of our “3-in-1 selves” and explanation for fasting that I have ever heard! This is my first fast, and I have been a bit nervous about it. However, your explanation helps me prepare for what I will feel during this and gives me insight into how to overcome all the temptations that are sure to come my way during this.
    Thank you!

    February 11, 2008

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