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Daniel Fast Instructions

The Daniel Fast is growing in popularity around the world. Just today I received messages from brothers and sisters in Christ from South Africa, Singapore, France, United Kingdom, Canada, and the USA!

The Daniel Fast is a totally plant-based way of eating. It’s based on the fasting practices of the prophet’s fasting experiences as recorded in Daniel 1 and Daniel 10, along with typical Jewish fasting principles. So the fast is centered on whole grains, fruits, vegetables, seeds and good quality oils (i.e. olive and canola).  You can also use herbs and seasonings.

The only beverage on the fast is water, but you can use juice and unsweetened soy milk (also rice, almonds, etc) on cereal or in recipes.

To learn more about the food lists, go to and request a copy of the Daniel Fast Guidelines and they will be emailed to you immediately.

Most people do the Daniel Fast for 21 days, however it is not a required length. Many fast for as few as seven days or for as many as 50.

There are no restrictions as to the amount of food you can eat on the Daniel Fast or when you can eat. However, we do want to keep in mind that this is a fast. So I encourage people to eat no more than three moderate meals and two small snacks.

For more information about the Daniel Fast, visit and review this blog. You can also find the Daniel Fast book and Cookbooks as the website.

Be blessed on your fast!

49 Comments Post a comment
  1. tony #

    I start at 12

    January 3, 2016
  2. Yes, definitely. But be sure to follow the guidelines I have in my books. I encourage you to get a copy of my recent book, The Daniel Cure. It has clinical study reports about people with Type 2 diabetes and their amazing results when on the Daniel Fast.

    Here is the link to check it out:

    April 2, 2014
  3. Lisa #

    Is the Daniel fast good for people with Type 2 Diabetes?

    March 31, 2014
  4. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Nisha,
    As I recall, Morning Star includes sweeteners in their veggie burgers making them NOT okay for the Daniel Fast (double check the Ingredients list though). That’s why we included recipes for veggie burgers in the Daniel Fast book and the Daniel Fast Cookbook Version II.
    Also, if you to go to there is a wealth of scriptures, recipes, and spiritual aids to help prepare, strengthen, and guide you on your journey. Be Blessed on your Fast!

    January 20, 2014
  5. Hello is it okay to eat Morning Star veggie patties while on the Daniel Fast? Last but not least do you recommend any scripturals that would be good to read while on the fast?

    January 10, 2014
  6. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Jesse,
    Men and women with insulin or Type 2 diabetes experience wonderful results on the Daniel Fast “if” they are wise about the foods they eat. Whole grain cereals and leafy green vegetables are packed with protein yet very low on the glycemic index. The same is true of legumes. Many people with Type 2 diabetes are able to balance their blood sugar levels with the food they eat and can soon eliminate or drastically reduce the meds they take. The same is true with insulin-dependent diabetics – often able to greatly reduce the amount of insulin necessary to balance their BS levels.
    You will want to make sure to eat foods that are “low on the glycemic index” and not sugary fruits. Of course you want to take the advice of your health professional, And access your own knowledge. But you can get plenty of protein in other ways than nuts and peanut butter. Again, Whole grains, legumes and leafy green vegetables are excellent sources of protein. Also, you will want to eat complex carbohydrates rather than simple carbohydrates. They are processed very differently in the body. You need to stay away from simple carbohydrates.
    – Some examples of healthy foods containing “Complex Carbohydrates”:
    Spinach, Whole Barley, Grapefruit, Turnip Greens, Buckwheat flour, Apples, Lettuce, Prunes, Water Cress, Oat bran flour, Apricots, Dried, Zucchini, Oatmeal, Pears, Asparagus, Oat bran cereal, Plums, Artichokes, Muesli, Strawberries, Okra, Wild rice, Oranges, Cabbage, Brown rice, Yams, Celery, Multi-grains, Carrots, Cucumbers, Pinto beans, Potatoes, Dill Pickles, low fat Soybeans, Radishes, Lentils, Broccoli, Navy beans, Garbanzo beans, Brussels Sprouts, Cauliflower, Kidney beans, Eggplant, Soy milk, Lentils, Onions, Whole meal spelt flour, Split peas.
    Now, with the added restrictions of celiac issues (which I don’t know much other than gluten free foods)… So, here is a link to a good article I found that will help you identify gluten free whole grains to add to your list of options of whole grain flours
    I encourage you to take a copy of the Daniel Fast Guidelines to your Health Care Provider and together make the required modifications (if any) to your fast. 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, Be BLESSED on your Journey!!

    February 4, 2013
  7. jesse sanchez #

    I am curious to know how the Daniel Fast can be done in a healthy way for a person with celiac and type II diabetes. It seems that the Daniel Fast is very high in carbohydrates as well as grains such as barley, oats, and wheat which are not okay for those with celiac.

    January 29, 2013
  8. Many men and women with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes experience very positive results with the Daniel Fast. The vast majority of those with T2 are able to level their BS with food alone and can cut back on their medications. We always encourage people to follow their doctor’s advice and to stay away from foods with high natural sugar content (dried fruits, grapes, etc) and to focus on foods that are low on the glycemic index. If one needs to modify the fast, then merely maintain the core of the eating plan and add appropriate amounts of protein.

    I hope this helps. Be blessed!

    January 15, 2013
  9. Rachel Rice #

    I actually have a question my mother is a type two diabetic is it safe for her to do the daniel fast?

    January 15, 2013

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