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How to End a Daniel Fast

Many men and women will complete their 21-day Daniel Fast over the weekend. And so I wanted to post some advice about ending your fast. Even if you are not concluding your fast, please keep this information in mind. It is important.

  • Ease back into your “typical diet.” This is especially true with caffeine, sugar, fatty foods, meat and dairy products. Small portions are wise and go slow, perhaps just one or two foods per day.
  • For caffeine beverages, drink one small cup or glass and then see how your body reacts. Don’t be surprised if you get the “jitters.” Consider starting with de-caf (I realize that’s almost criminal for those of us who love the java). πŸ™‚
  • Don’t be surprised if you feel tired after you start eating the “typical foods.” Your body has been detoxed over the 21-day Daniel Fast and it might scoff at what it has to digest!
  • Continue to drink lots of filtered water, at least 1/2 gallon a day.

Also, consider the lessons you’ve learned and the good habits you’ve adopted on the Daniel Fast. Don’t leave them behind, but let them become a regular part of your life. This includes your prayer and study time with the Lord as well as improved eating habits.

Finally, while you may always fast at the New Year, consider fasting at other times of the year. Many parents pray and then fast from dawn to dusk on their children’s birthdays. If you have pressing issues or circumstances facing you, consider a time of consecrated prayer and fasting. Last year I fasted during Pentecost seeking the Lord’s direction for some personal business matters.

The Daniel Fast is an excellent method for a partial fast. It beats John the Baptist’s fast — honey and locust!

Be blessed!

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  1. Linda Guzman #

    honey and wild locust… haha… yea I dont think I’ll ever to the John the Baptist fast… haha πŸ˜€

    January 23, 2009
  2. Hello Everyone!

    Today was my closing of Daniel Fast (10 am) but wake up late. So looking at the other website how to close the Daniel Fast and keep healty. Its my 2nd year of this fast. I learn a lot and it was tougher then last year…indule back plains, headcres, and this week (last week of fast) was tempting. (Beucase feel like want to eat other food or days are slower..become unpatince but STILL holding on). Thank you with guidlines after close the fast and eat carefully. I start Jan 3rd-today (Jan 3-23rd is 21 but today is close day) and my b-day yesterday (turn 24)! Agian, thank you!

    God Bless

    January 24, 2009
  3. Albert Golt #

    Have others experienced back pain and headaches? I wonder what the back pain is from. Both my wife and I had pain on the same days and in our lower back. I figure the headaches are from lack of caffeine. God Bless

    January 24, 2009
  4. Hi Albert,

    The headaches and back pain are likely due to detoxification from caffeine, chemicals, and/or sugar. Be sure to drink lots of filtered water (you can use a water filter rather than purchasing bottled water). Your kidneys may be processing all the chemicals leaving your body, so be sure to stay well hydrated.

    I hope this helps.

    January 27, 2009
  5. Hey Albert!

    During Daniel Fast..I have back problems and headaches..its wasn’t easy for me. I have to keep get some sleep & drink water…even after Daniel…still doing ok. It really helps for me and keep drinking lots of water….

    January 27, 2009
  6. Tiffany Henry #

    Hi Albert,

    I am glad I found this information; I knew I would experience the headaches, but the back pains came as a surprise. I am on day 11, and it has been pretty good….not too much of a struggle. I have never gone this long without meat! I thank God!

    January 29, 2009
  7. Patricia Hickerson #

    Hello ! My husband and I started the Daniel fast yesterday the 2cd. of Feb. This is my first fast ever ….. but I want a claoser walk with the Lord and to do more of his works …I have caffine all day every need and really need the prayer of God’s children that truley beleive… I would really appreciate your prayers , as I will also pray for you ….. Thank you very much and God Bless each and every one !!!!

    February 3, 2009
  8. Stacy Hurtado #

    Hi Patricia!! i just wanted to let you know that i will be praying for you and your husband ,have faith that our faithful father will get you through this very difficult time of this fast. I’m on day 21 of the fast and i too had a very difficult time with giving up the joe. Experienced headaches and bodyaches but praise God! with alot of prayer my good lord got me through it,I’ve never felt better! The lord made me realize what a strong hold food in general had on me and my sin of gluttony was exposed. also i recommend u download Susan Gregory’s 21 day cookbook and 21 day devotional it really helps! ‘may the god of peace make you holy in every way’ ‘God will make this happen for he who calls you is faithful’ 1 Thessa 5;23 God bless!!

    February 8, 2009
  9. Susan Sears #

    My 21fast ended Monday the9th..I am so blessed. I feel great…energized. Thank you Susan for all the encouragement and information on the Daniel Fast. Coming off the fast is a little tricky…Tried some cottage cheese yesterday…and my mouth rebelled!!!!!!! lol…..The spiritual blessings and feel that God has brought me to a deeper place in HIM…To God be the Glory,,great things HE has done.

    February 11, 2009
  10. Ciel #

    Today is day 21 for me! I feel wonderful, have a closer walk with God, I shed my addictions to coffee and sugar as well as 13 pounds. I have decided to change the way my family and I eat in general (get away from the “king’s food” so to speak) and learn to enjoy the food that grows from the ground. I plan to do it again soon and grow deeper in my walk with the Lord.
    Praise God and good luck to all who are just getting started!
    ps..lentils are good!

    February 18, 2009
  11. Thanks so much for all of the tips on this site. Your blog has been a very valuable resource to my family. We are just finishing week 1 and have some favorite recipes that we will be putting on our menu for next week.

    February 20, 2009
  12. Linda #

    I’m new to the Daniel Fast and don’t want to stop there. Due to health reasons, I’d like to continue eating healthy (not incorporating sugar, diary or fried foods into my diet). How do I continue? I’m open to becoming a vegan.

    Thanks for your input.

    February 22, 2009
  13. Hi Linda,

    I hear from many people who feel so much better while on the Daniel Fast that they continue eating in this manner with a few modifications. Most add some chicken and fish 2-3 times each week, add whole grain breads and usually add juice, coffee and tea as a beverage.

    The Daniel Fast is a very healthy way to eat if it remains balanced. There is plenty of protein and a bounty of other needed nutrients.

    I hope this helps!

    February 24, 2009
  14. SHAAN #

    hi i would like to know what salad dressings i am allowed to eat on the daniel fast.

    March 11, 2009
  15. Jeanette Pinkston #

    Thanks for this blog. I was beginning to worry about lower back pain, too. I am on day 15 as I didn’t get started on Ash Wednesday. While I have done other fasts, this is my first time doing the Daniel Fast. My body and spirit needed. Thanks for the tips.

    Blessings and peace,

    March 14, 2009
  16. Hi this blog is great I will be recommending it to friends.

    March 15, 2009
  17. Deb Brandt #

    I ended my Daniel Fast this morning by eating two scrambled eggs and a piece of toast. My stomach is in total rebellion! The living grain cereal I’ve been eating looks pretty good all of the sudden. I have packed my lunch of veggies and brown rice with some poached salmon. the salmon is sounding too good. Oh, boy. I think I need to reevaluate my eating. I had planned on keeping sugar and caffeine out of my diet along with processed food. Now I’m wondering about other foods. I am wonderfully made, but not for a 21st century, American diet!
    By the way, after reading Ezekial, I’m very grateful God led me to the Daniel Fast and didn’t ask me to follow Ezekial! (although my pioneering ancestors did cook using buffalo chips since trees were almost non-existent on the great plains!)

    March 16, 2009
  18. mark morris #

    march 16 just fineshed 21 days .coudnt wait for this day to eat cookies ,milk have coffe. the reason for my fast was to get control of my flesh,i say that to say this, praise GOD I dont crave cookies milk or coffe,This diet litrely has changed .pray that i can maintain a healthy new life style.Thanks so much for this web. site

    March 16, 2009
  19. Good morning Shaan,

    You can make your own salad dressings such as those with olive oil, lemon juice and herbs. If you want purchase dressings, you will need to read the labels as most include sugar and chemicals in their ingredients. However, you can find acceptable dressings in the Natural Foods sections of your supermarket or at health food stores.

    My favorite prepared dressing is Newman’s Own Oil and Vinegar.

    Be blessed on your fast!

    March 18, 2009
  20. Hi Jeanette,

    Thanks for your kind words about the blog. It is a gift from God and I am blessed to be in contact with so many men and women as they seek a closer relationship with our Almighty God and Loving Father.

    The back pains could be a result of detox, although since you are well into the fast, it may be something else. You might give your health provider a call to check it out if it persists and concerns you. Of course, take it before the Great Physician!

    Be blessed, Jeanette.

    March 18, 2009
  21. Sis #

    I would like to fast for 21 days leading up to Easter. I have a problem with recurring vaginal bacterial infections and have been on a regimen of yogurt several times a day, a probiotic pill once a day and plain yogurt vaginal wash once per week. This is working for me and I don’t want to doubt what the Lord can do but I believe the Lord led me to this solution for my problem after researching and going to different blogs reading advice from women with the same issue. Having said all that, should I continue my yogurt regimen and just adhere to the Daniel fast in all other regards? Your thoughts are greatly appreciated.

    March 21, 2009
  22. Hi Sis,

    Yes, just as you mentioned it would be perfectly acceptable to continue on your treatment and then use the Daniel Fast in all other aspects. You will still be fasting in a complete way and should experience the same benefits. I do encourage you to choose yogurt that is free of sweeteners and chemicals.

    I hope the very best for you on your fast.

    March 21, 2009
  23. Tim #

    I know Ezekiel Bread is a no-no while on the fast because of the yeast, but how about the sprouted grain pasta mixed with some Olive Oil?

    March 24, 2009
  24. Hi Tim

    Yes, whole grain pastas are a great choice during the Daniel Fast. You’ll need to read the label to make sure the manufacturer hasn’t added sweeteners or chemicals. Health food is becoming a big business and many big food companies are getting on board but still adding unhealthy ingredients.

    One of my favorite ways to eat pasta is with sauteed onions, green peppers, tomatoes and olive oil! Yumm!

    March 24, 2009
  25. Ronald #

    Today, I have reached my 21 days. Thanks be to God for His strength and awesome power during the fast. I too, have learned interesting things about my body and spirit during the fast. I recently had a mild heart attack and after prayer found only 10% blockage in one artery all others clean and clear. During the fast, I experience energy at times and then weird tiredness at others. At the end of the day I would get a strange dry mouth. But it was worth it, I feel God is working behind the scenes on my behalf to shower me and my family with his grace, love and blessings.

    April 8, 2009
  26. Hope #

    Hello, everyone my husband and I have just started this Fast we are in our 2nd day. Please pray for us this is the first time we fast together. I want to seek the guidance of God and really want our family to be saved I just hope we are doing this the right way, so please help us pray that we do this right for a closer relationship with the Lord. God bless!

    April 16, 2009
  27. Hi, I recently felt lead to try this fast. I am only on day 4 and I’m so thankful to have found these posts by others. My 1st day was clouded with an enormous headache, which I knew would be coming. However, I was thrown off when on the evening of day 2– I was overcome with a debilatating backache. I was to the point of panic because the pain grew so intense through the night…keeping me from my much needed sleep. I prayed relentlessly and the Lord finally gave me some relief so I could rest a bit. I was shocked at how painful the back pain was all of day 3 and now into day 4. I was wondering if something more serious was wrong. I wish I would’ve found these posts just a bit sooner, as I felt the need to schedule an appt with my chiropractor. She did some x-rays and she was my enthusiastic cheerleader for me to continue with the Daniel fast. She said that it’s an emptying port from where toxins are finding their way out of the body. My lower lumbar was inflamed and that is what is causing so much pain. But it did feel good to have a professional tell me these things…and to cheer me on! God gives us the right people at the right time, that’s for sure! Anyway, I wanted to share this with all the others who may be experiencing the bad back pain. She told me to drink plenty of water and keep my hips aligned and do some yoga stretches. God bless and in His Name!

    April 23, 2009
  28. Valerie #

    I was a bona fide COFFEE ADDICT!!! Since I have started on the Daniel Fast (this is day 9), I must say I haven’t had but one day of headache and mood swings. What does concern me is this aching I am having in my legs. Could this be because of the caffeine, sugar, and flour? I worked out only one day last week because of it. Otherwise, it is a great way to “hear” God when I am not distracted by processed food.

    In Him,


    April 25, 2009
  29. Hi Valerie,

    Thanks for your post about caffeine withdrawals. Yes, leg cramps are a symptom of detoxing and it could be the caffeine. The best thing to do is drink plenty of water and increase your Vitamin C, cantaloupe and green leafy vegetables (kale, spinach, etc.).

    I am so happy for you. You seem to be benefiting from the powerful spiritual discipline of prayer and fasting! My prayer is that you will continue to grow in the love and knowledge of Christ.

    May 2, 2009
  30. Dearest Sarah,

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience with the back pains caused by the detox symptoms. I am so glad that you went into such detail because it will really help others. It sounds like you have an excellent chiropractor! Please give her my best when you see her next! I love hearing about health professionals that don’t just give pain pills or freak out at fasting when their patients come in with detox symptoms.

    I also want to compliment you on seeking medical advice when you were alarmed. While I have never heard of anyone having concurrent symptoms of another illness while on the fast, it is important to seek medical attention if one is concerned of symptoms that may be something other than detox issues.

    Thanks again. You are a blessing!

    May 2, 2009
  31. karen ferguson #

    Hello busy sister! I am on 5th day of fast and feel good!

    I wanted to tell you that the Holy Spirit has been waking me up early in the morning to study the bible, about 4:00 AM as it is so quite and I guess he knows I need this time. This has been going on since my second on my fast.

    my hubby watches racing and poker and fishing all day Loudly .
    So I really love the lord and he is teaching me to study the bible prayer is different with me, as I am not used to doing it so I AM working on it I am not a prayer warrior they are really cool persons but I have other gifts from the lord. Love you your sis in the Lord!!! Karen

    May 7, 2009
  32. Hi Karen,

    God is so good! He clearly is calling you to Him. What a great time to draw closer to the Lord through prayer and fasting.

    Be blessed dear one. Know you are in my prayers.

    May 12, 2009
  33. Renee #


    I am on day 6 on my fast but have been using honey and I had two slips on the same day . I am determined to make it to day 21 .So I am putting away the honey and will be careful of the bread I eat and when eating out. Please keep me in prayer as I press towards the mark. Thinking about starting from scratch all over again……

    May 15, 2009
  34. Hi Renee,

    You have done well to make the necessary corrections so you are aligned with the Daniel Fast. It’s through knowledge that you can do so. The same is with our lives. As we learn more about living a life faithful to God, we can make corrections so that we can fulfill the call. The Word ways that “people perish because of lack of knowledge.” That’s a powerful invitation to study the Word of God, to spend time with our Father, and to make a quality decision to submit our lives to Him.

    You’ve learned a powerful lesson while fasting, which is one of the primary benefits of the discipline. Continue on toward your victory and thank the Lord for His gentle correction!

    Be blessed, dear one.

    May 19, 2009
  35. Linda #

    Hello Everybody, God has told me to do a Daniel Fast and that it should be for 21days. The way He has brought me to this is through my son’s illness (stage4 colon cancer mets to both lungs and now back in colon) and God telling me and our family to fast & pray on the 7th, 17th and 27th of each month for Richard’s healing and for our “believing family unit” to have unity in the Faith and belief that God can heal Richard. We are also reading Ephesians and Psalm 27 as our family devotions on our days of fasting. I have not seen any comments on this blog where anyone has fasted for healing of another person. I would like for someone to comment about fasting and healing, how these go together. I know that God can heal my son from this wicked cancer and would appreciate your prayers for him too. Thank you for your faith in God and for your prayers for my son to be healed. If you feel lead to fast with us on the 7th, 17th and 27th that would be a great blessing to Richard and our family~ Love to all/Linda

    May 31, 2009
  36. Dalton Francis #

    Thanks alot, this website helped me as a young man fast and get closer to God in ways I can’t even believe. I have gained so much, its unbelieveable. Today is my last day; I started on June 1st, 2009 (My Mothers Birthday) and concluded June 21st, 2009 (My 19th Birthday). I feel great, God is blessing me, and Im even going to continue seeking the Lord through fasting at every chance I get. God Bless you all, and I encourage anyone who is still fasting to be strong, because “the latter shall be greater than the former.” For those who is about to begin, I would like to tell you that I actually recieved my greatest blessing (so far) on May 31; the day before I started fasting; because I had a made-up mind, and a determined heart. Once you get that, theres no turning back. God Bless. -Dalton Francis πŸ˜€

    June 20, 2009
  37. Dalton Francis #

    Lol :-D, fyi…even though the date above says 20th, where I am, it is 2:42am, on June 21, 2009…so, im still fasting as it is my last day. God Bless. lol πŸ˜€

    June 20, 2009
  38. Thanks for your post, Dalton.

    You clearly have discovered the power of prayer and fasting! God is so good.

    I hope the very best for you in all areas of your life!

    June 25, 2009
  39. Regina #

    Is green tea allowed on the daniel fast ?

    October 19, 2009
  40. Letitia #

    When is the correct time to break your fast at the end of 21 days? I’ve heard some say after sunset on the night of the 21st day and others u only supposed to start with breakfast again the new morning. Pleaseadvise which is biblically correct.
    Thank you!

    October 21, 2009

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