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21-Day Daniel Fast

Well, we are drawing closer to New Year’s Day, which will mark the beginning of the 21-Day Daniel Fast for many. Others will start their 21-Day Fast on Sunday, January 6th, which is the first Sunday of the year. Still others will commit to a shorter period of spiritual fasting, but still give a “first fruits offering” of themselves to the Lord by beginning the New Year with prayer and fasting.

The 21-Day Fast is the most popular, primarily because that is the model set out by Daniel in Chapter 10:2, 3“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.”

I hope you will find all the information you need on this site to be successful on your fast. One thing I want to advise: be prepared! First, have the right kinds of foods in the house that you can eat for the Daniel Fast. See the Daniel Fast Food List. Also, plan your menus and prepare the foods so they are available to you. See the Daniel Fast Cookbook, plus there are many recipes on this site that you can make ahead.

Second, you might want to get rid of or at least put away foods that are tempting. Kind of like the biblical accounts of Jewish women as they prepared for the Passover by cleaning their houses from top to bottom and removed all yeast from their homes. Many Jews engage in this same practice today when they prepare for the Passover.

Third, plan time to prepare meals as they will likely take a little longer than when you are not fasting. Most of the mels you prepare will be from scratch since there are so few prepared products that don’t have chemicals in them. So you will want to set aside enough time to prepare your meals, not only for those you will have at home, but also those you will have at work or when you are traveling.

Of course, you also want to prepare your heart for the 21-Day Fast. Seek the Lord’s guidance as you get ready to start the fast. Are there issues in your life that you need to address? Are their needs in your family or ministry that can use special attention? Are you seeking healing? Do you feel oppressed by financial bandages? These last few days of the year are an excellent time to search your heart, open yourself to the Lord, and allow Him to lead you into you personal 21-Day Fast. See The Daniel Fast for the Body, Soul and Spirit.

Continue to visit The Daniel Fast Blog as I add content every day. Also, if you have questions, please leave a comment and I try to respond within a couple hours — many times immediately.

God bless you and I hope the very best for you as you set aside this time to give the first of yourself to Almighty God. Remember, He rewards those who diligently seek Him. So keep your mind on Christ and your focus on righteousness.

529 Comments Post a comment
  1. holly #

    Is lactose free yogurt permitted?

    May 23, 2015
    • No, only plant-based foods are allowed on the Daniel Fast.

      June 1, 2015
  2. Mercy Reuben #

    Should we not have anything fermented?
    It would contain salt its an Indian breakfast dish made with Rica and lentilts called Rice cakes .

    March 23, 2015
    • Fermentation isn’t an issue. Alcohol is not allowed, however.

      Be blessed.

      March 26, 2015
      • Mercy Reuben #

        Thank you so much.

        March 26, 2015
      • Mercy Reuben #

        Fish and Seafood is also a big no am I correct?

        April 9, 2015
      • The Daniel Fast is totally plant based, so no fish or other seafood.

        April 22, 2015
  3. Audrey #

    I STARTED THE DANIEL FAST ON THE 5TH OF JAN. AND WAS WONDERING IF HUMMUS AND PITA BREAD WAS OK

    January 9, 2015
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Audrey,
      Hummus is fine, but not the pita bread due to the leavening in it.

      January 15, 2015
  4. miss charlotte merementsi #

    I want to start my first 21 Daniel fast my problem is
    which food am I supposed to eat?

    January 2, 2015
    • Check out the information on this site and/or pick up a copy of The Daniel Fast. You’ll find everything you need to know.

      January 3, 2015
    • Thandi Mshayisa #

      My question is if you are taking HBP medication daily and I must eat is it possible for me to fast what can I do

      January 4, 2015
      • Daniel Fast Team #

        The Daniel Fast is a very healthy way to eat, so you will likely benefit from the Fast. And yes, you can fast even if you have a chronic illness . . . BUT, don’t abandon the advice of your health professional. Carefully go over and compare the Daniel Fast Guidelines with the instructions from your physician, make the appropriate modifications, and the key here for you will be to plan out your meals. You can get a copy of the Meal Planning Guide and a copy of the Daniel Fast Guidelines by going to http://www.daniel-fast.com enter your email address and they will be emailed back to you. We also encourage you to take a copy to your healthcare provider and together make any needed modifications to the eating plan. hope this helps, Be Blessed on your Fast!

        January 6, 2015
  5. Victoria #

    Hi Susan. Can I fast during exam time?

    January 1, 2015
    • Yes! You will likely find that your thinking is even sharper! Keep the food simple and easy so you have time for prayer, meditation and your studies.

      Be blessed

      January 1, 2015
      • Victoria #

        Thank you very much for the response. I look forward to my 21 days of precious time with the Lord.

        January 1, 2015
  6. irene v #

    If you eat fruits and veggies can you use a juicer and juice carrots and fruits then drink?

    December 31, 2014
    • The only beverage on the fast is water. You can use juice as in ingredient in recipes or in smoothies, which are considered liquid meals.

      Be blessed

      January 1, 2015
  7. Christie #

    I will be starting the fast at the start of the year. I have become addicted to feeding every want my body desires and have become so lazy and indifferent. I have strayed from the Word that I so deeply connected to before. I kept thinking I just needed to join a gym and continue to work on the outside, until i realized that the problem within myself is MUCH deeper. Middle aged and 6 months away from an empty nest, recently diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and overweight due to depression and over eating. Its time to give it up for a while and to trust my Creator again. Thank you for listening to our Father when he showed you the story of Daniel and you used it to help others, like myself.

    December 29, 2014
    • Praise God, Christie. God is calling and your are hearing.

      Be blessed during your fast.

      December 31, 2014
  8. Paula Denise Johnson #

    I desire to be relieved of 6 years of Suboxone (a narcotic often used for Migraines – my purpose for its use) that cause me to experience many withdrawal symptoms. My last day of use was 11/09/14.

    December 21, 2014
  9. Christie #

    Hi.As A Nursing Mum,how Do I Go About It Safely?

    November 21, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Christi, we suggest that nursing or pregnant mothers review the Daniel Fast eating plan and then use 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 during this time the 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. If you don’t already have one, 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. I hope this helps, Be Blessed on your Fast!

      December 1, 2014
  10. paulerind #

    Can i take pill during the Daniel fast like vitamin c and vitamin E?

    October 5, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Yes, you can take daily vitamins, although we encourage supplements that are free of sweeteners and man-made chemicals. Best of all is getting your nutritional needs met by the foods you eat. Be Blessed!

      October 9, 2014
  11. Dashkar #

    I want to do the Daniel fast. Help me please!

    October 5, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Yes, we are here to help you Dashkar! You can get started by going to this link and order a copy of the Daniel Fast Guidelines: http://www.daniel-fast.com and enter your email address, they will be emailed back to you. Review the information and continue to stay plugged into this site. Be BLESSED on your Journey!

      October 9, 2014
  12. Shingie #

    hie is am alowed to have vegetarian samoosas made from whole grain flour? I intend to bake them in the oven.
    thanks stay blessed

    September 23, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Sounds like you’re coming up with a Daniel Fast approved vegetarian samoosas, and baking makes it complete. Good Job!

      September 23, 2014
  13. Yvonne Avery #

    First Time Doing The Daniel Fast.Keep Me In Your Prayers….

    July 7, 2014
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    June 15, 2014
  15. Rose #

    Can you have pizza from Donimos?

    March 25, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      No, sorry.

      March 27, 2014
  16. Rose #

    Are you allow to eat pizza with cheese, sauce and vegetable.

    March 25, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Rose,
      The sauce and vegetables Could easily be Daniel Fast friendly. But the cheese and pizza dough would have to be homemade as a flat bread and find a vegan cheese to use (or forgo the cheese altogether). A custom homemade Daniel Fast pizza is a fun option. I hope this helps.

      March 27, 2014
  17. Carmel Lee #

    Hi – thank you for the information. I wanted to know if rice noodles or thai noodles were acceptable on the Daniel fast plan

    March 3, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Carmel,
      Brown rice noodles are fine, but check the ingredients list to be sure all is Daniel Fast friendly!

      March 10, 2014
  18. Samson Kimani #

    Thanks for your informative and inspiritional post. I am facing difficulties in my family life. Can I expect to get a breakthrough on Daniel fast or how else can i fast?

    February 22, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Samson,
      Because God is Faithful… When you seek Him through fasting and prayer, you are posturing yourself to hear and receive from the throne All He has for you! Jeremiah 29:13 “You will seek me and “Find Me” when you seek Me with all your heart”….And, 2 Corinthians 12:10 “…For when I am weak, then I am strong”. Be encouraged, you are going in the right direction, and “you are here for such a time as this”. No matter what type of fast you choose, keep in mind it’s not the fast, it’s the “when we seek Him with all our heart” that we find Him and the breakthrough that we need. We are Standing firm in agreement on His Word with you that through this time of fasting and drawing close to Him, you will recieve all God has for you….and you will never be the same! Be BLESSED on your Journey!

      March 10, 2014
  19. Any tips to jazz up a baked potato?

    February 20, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Drizzle baked potatoes with olive oil, spinkle with salt and pepper. Salsa on top is a favorite. Vegetarian chili over baked potatoes is another great option. Also, you can always experiment with spices and seasonings. Have fun!

      March 6, 2014
  20. ronelle stopforth #

    I am presently reading the daniel plan. Thnx for this awesome info

    February 5, 2014
  21. Neela #

    Inspirational

    January 28, 2014
  22. portia #

    Hi want to start 21 days fasting nd i need to know what time must i pray nd what time to break nd which pray must i use looking forward to hear from u soon

    January 24, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Portia,
      Regarding time with God, my suggestion is to follow His directive of first fruits. Give him your morning time, even if you need to get up early and go to bed early. And then throughout the day see if you can find bits of time to pray or converse with God. I hope this helps . . .Be Blessed on your fast!

      January 29, 2014
  23. Pooh #

    Hello.
    I typically don’t do well with planning meals at all. Wanted to know if their was a book or something I could go by that have day to day meals. And snacks. I could follow that regime easily. Thanks!

    January 22, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      Hi Pooh,
      Yes, “The Daniel Fast: Feed your soul, Strengthen your spirit, and Renew your body” has a sample menu, recipes and a meal planning sheet in it. Available at Amazon or most Book stores. Be Blessed!

      January 28, 2014
  24. Can we eat couscous.

    January 14, 2014
    • Daniel Fast Team #

      You can find whole grain couscous. Otherwise, no as most typical couscous is made from white flour (not allowed on the Daniel Fast). Be Blessed!

      January 23, 2014

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