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Daniel Fast for Better Health

The primary purpose of the Daniel Fast is not to lose weight or improve your physical health. Rather, the Daniel Fast is like all other fasts –refraining from food for a spiritual purpose. If you are entering the fast without a spiritual intent, then you are going on a “diet.” Nothing wrong with diets! But a diet is not a fast, even though the terms seem to be synonymous these days. Fasting is a spiritual exercise that involves the abstention of food. The Daniel Fast is a “partial fast” since one does not refrain from eating, but rather from eating specific foods, but still for a spiritual purpose.

With that said, the Daniel Fast is what I like to call “the whole body experience.” Why? Because while you will gain in your spirit and your soul from the Daniel Fast, you will surely improve your body’s health, as well. That’s because the foods on the Daniel Fast are easy on the body and allows is to function in an optimum manner.

You can review the Food List for the Daniel Fast and see foods to eat include only fruits, vegetables, and water. Foods to avoid completely are sugar, processed foods, dairy products, caffeine, and alcohol and of course, meat. These are all foods that hinder the body from optimum health.

While on the Daniel Fast, your body will experience a certain level of detoxification. It will purge itself of many of the impurities and toxins in its system. While the first few days you might feel a little sluggish, you will most likely experience an increase of energy in the second week.

As you plan your Daniel Fast menus, consider the health benefits of the foods you include.

Here are just some of the benefits from specific foods:

Artichokes
Artichokes contain plant compounds known as caffeoylquinic acids, which increase the flow of bile and help to digest fats.

Beans
Beans are an excellent source of protein and actually one of the best foods to cleanse your colon and aid digestion.

Beets
Beets contain betaine, which promotes the regeneration of liver cells and the flow of bile. It also has a beneficial effect on fat metabolism.

Broccoli
Broccoli and other members of the brassica family (cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale, kohlrabi) support the liver’s detoxification enzymes.

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Food sources of vitamin C and glutathione, which are essential for detox.

Protein
Protein is required by the liver for detox. Beans, nuts, seeds, and quinoa. are just a few that you can add to your menus.

Onions and Garlic
Onions and garlic are rich in sulfur-containing compounds. Involved in sulfation, the main detox pathway for environmental chemicals and certain drugs and food additives. Helps with the elimination of harmful heavy metals from the body.

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Momma907 #

    I am a wife and mother of 3. I am a fitness instructor. I teach 5 classes per week. I am very active and have reached a good point with my physucal health. I am now working on my spiritual health. What types of modifications do I need to make for my very active lifestyle? I’m active in church and pray…irregularly. That is one of the main reasons I have chosen to join my church family on this journey. I’m looking for clarity in my own heart and mind. Anyway, I don’t want to pass out in class (or anywhere else for that matter). So I wonder what suggestions you might have for my food consumption. I’m trying not to focus on food, but at the same time I need to be conscious of how I fuel my body. Also, any suggestions for the rest of my non-fasting family. Thanks in advance.

    May 18, 2011
  2. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Momma907,
    For an active lifestyle such as yours, rest assured that you can get plenty of protein in nuts and peanut butter, whole grains, legumes and leafy green vegetables, many people that still need more add in unsweetened soy protein powder for a ‘smoothie’ meal (make sure the ingredients comply with the Daniel Fast and watch out for milk products (whey) and sweeteners along with chemical additives). Depending on how rigorous your exercise routine is, you may need to consider further modifying the fast to match your routine by adding some fish and chicken a couples of meals per week. For non-fasting family members, most meals are adaptable to a side dish of meat. Think of it as offering variety at the dinner table, the base meal such as a meatless spaghetti sauce, but with meat on the side, a leafy green salad, a bowl of cut up fruit and even bread for them, and then there’s something for everyone (and yes everyone can learn to like whole grain pastas) I hope this helps!

    May 20, 2011

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