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Daniel Fast Guidelines

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

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The Daniel Fast is a plant-based partial fast. It is based on the Prophet Daniel when he was under the rule of Babylonian kings for their personal service. Daniel recorded three occasions of fasting, though he likely fasted many more times since he was a man of God.

Daniel 10:2, 3 is where we find the model for the 21-day Daniel Fast. From this passage, a guidelines have developed over the years, primarily by Christians who use this as a form of fasting. The Daniel Fast has grown in popularity over the last 3 or 4 years as it’s been championed by Pastor Jentezen Franklin of Gainesville, GA.

No Pleasant Food: This would include breads, sugars and sweet foods.

No Meat: All animal products are restricted on the Daniel Fast. That includes meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products (milk, eggs, cheese, butter, etc.)

No Wine: This restriction, coupled with previous fasts where Daniel drank only water (which is typical for biblical fasting), is where today’s Daniel Fast finds its roots for water only. Fruit and vegetable juices are acceptable.

See The Daniel Fast Food List for more details.

For a collection of recipes and menu plans that will take you through an entire 21-day Daniel Fast, click here.

Spiritual Fasting: The Daniel Fast is a restriction of food for spiritual purposes. So the fast addresses not only the body, but also ones spirit and soul.

See these two posts for more information about Spiritual Fasting:

Spirit, Soul and Body

The Daniel Fast is Always a Spiritual Fast

For more complete information about the Daniel Fast (and to have all the information easily accessible) consider The Daniel Fast for the Body Soul and Spirit.

331 Comments Post a comment
  1. Robert Conyers #

    What’s the time frame to go without eating

    December 30, 2015
  2. The Daniel Fast is a 24/7 experience with no times of the day for total abstinence from food.

    December 31, 2015


    January 4, 2016
  4. The answer is in the ingredients, Irene. Most include ingredients not allowed on the fast. Best to make your own!

    January 4, 2016

    thank you

    January 5, 2016

    what about organic cocoa powder

    January 7, 2016
  7. No, caffeine packed. Not allowed on the fast.

    January 7, 2016
  8. Sarah #

    Dairy is a product produced by cows. Eggs are not dairy. Rather, they are God’s special design of the perfect complete non-meat protein (containing all essential amino acids).

    January 7, 2016
  9. Still not grown from seed, therefore not allowed on the Daniel Fast🙂

    January 8, 2016
  10. Amanda #

    Did I read somewhere in the book that you are not supposed to eat after 6:00 pm?

    January 10, 2016
  11. Not in my book. The Daniel Fast is a 24/7 fast with no times or amounts restricted. With that said, remember it’s a fast where food is restricted for a spiritual purpose.

    January 11, 2016

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