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Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.” Daniel 1:12

“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

DFfbWelcome! The purpose of this site is to offer valuable and complete information about the Daniel Fast. As the Daniel Fast Blogger, my #1 goal is to help you have a successful fasting experience. More and more Christian men and women are choosing the Daniel Fast as their guideline to enter into the spiritual discipline. While the Daniel Fast is a partial fast, (rather than total abstention from all food) it still provides many of the attributes of denying the self and seeking God.

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  1. No, the Daniel Fast is totally plant-based, so no eggs allowed.

    January 7, 2011
  2. Dawn Tucker #

    Hey Susan!
    I have a couple of questions. Is the Polaner All Fruit with Fiber spreadable fruit ok to use? The ingredients are: blueberries, juice concentrates (PEAR, GRAPE), Maltodextrin (dietary fiber), fruit pectin, natural flavor, and citric acid.
    Also, I have been looking for some 100% whole wheat flatbread or whole wheat tortillas without leavening and all natural ingredients, but have had no luck. Can you give me some brands to check out? I have found the corn tortillas that are all natural, whole grain, and no leavening, but not the flour ones. Thanks so much. I start my fast in 2 days! I want to be prepared, especially since they are predicting a big winter storm with lots of snow, sleet, and ice with possible power outages starting on the first day of my fast!! (PRAY FOR ME!)

    January 7, 2011
  3. Traci #

    Some recipes call for long grain rice and some call for short grain rice. This may sound like a silly question, but what’s the difference between long grain brown rice and short grain brown rice?

    January 7, 2011
  4. elizabeth #

    please let us support one another in this fasting, for me its the first time to go for Daniel fast , and i am really looking forward to it.

    January 7, 2011
  5. Linda #

    Hi, Susan! Happy New Year! I’m excited about the Daniel Fast. However, I’m having trouble finding Zoom Cereal. Any ideas?

    January 7, 2011
  6. I get it at my grocery store and I live in a very small college town. Check the grocery stores in your area . . . near the Cream of Wheat.

    Be blessed

    January 7, 2011
  7. Lynne S. #

    My husband and I are planning to start a Daniel fast soon. We are trying to prepare ourselves first by cutting out sodas and meats now. I’m researching and trying to learn more about the foods we can have. I have a couple questions though.
    Can we have whole wheat bread on a Daniel fast?
    Can we have soy milk on a Daniel fast?

    January 7, 2011
  8. Jeannie #

    I am on the second day of the fast, is it unusual to experience diaherea symptons? I’m thinking because of detoxing this may occur. Is it ok to take vitamin supplements while on the fast and lastly this way of eating appears to be a great, healthy way to eat even when you’re not on a fast,correct?

    January 7, 2011
  9. Dawn Tucker #

    I just got back from the grocery store and was surprised that nearly all the canned beans (pintos, garbonzo beans, nazy beans, etc.) —EXCEPT for black beans—– had calcium chloride and/or calcium disodium EDTA (promotes color retention). Are these ok to use as long as we rinse and drain them?? I could not find any diced tomatoes or canned tomatoes that did not have the calcium chloride added. I would normally use the juice also in a recipe for soup, etc., but I wasn’t sure about the calcium chloride…….THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR HELP!!

    January 7, 2011
  10. Tammi #

    What about corn chips there is only corn, water and oil its not a partially hydrogenated oil

    January 7, 2011
  11. Lekesha A #

    I had a few questions. I know on the fast you can eat vegetables but what about the canned vegetables because they do have a few grams of sugar. Does that disqualify them? I also wanted to know if Boca or Morning Glory products qualify? Thanks

    January 7, 2011
  12. Julie #

    Tea Tree Oil sticks are great to freshen your breath. Sold in health food stores.

    January 8, 2011
  13. Janeen #


    I understand we should avoid sugar on this fast, however, can we have cane juice. The natural granola I found is sweetened with fruit juices and cane juice.

    Thanks for all you do!

    January 8, 2011
  14. Patsie #

    Is it ok to juice several fruits, add solid fruits, and then freeze them for a fruit pop?

    Also, are almonds and chick peas allowed?

    January 8, 2011
  15. Tony Wilkinson #

    I started my fast liquids only on Jan.3 water and V8 36ounces,3 glasses a day on sunday I start the Daniel Fast.This is my first fast and I’m not sure was the V8 ok.I feel like this has truly brought me closer to God through prayer and meditation.

    January 8, 2011
  16. Kenneth Anderson #

    Hello Susan,
    Is Sugar-Free Syrup okay for the Daniel Fast?

    January 8, 2011
  17. Ruth Poe #

    I’m not sure what the difference between pita bread and flat bread is. I buy a Whole Wheat, organic pita bread with the ingredients of organic Whole wheat flour, organic Wheat Flour, water, salt and yeast. Is it the yeast? Please let me know if it is okay to have with these ingredients. Thank you.

    January 8, 2011
  18. debbie #

    hi susan i am doing the daniel fast and was wondering what kind of salad dressings you can have.

    January 8, 2011
  19. Diane #

    I have heard mixed ideas about whole wheat bread on the Daniel Fast. Is it allowed?

    January 8, 2011
  20. Robbie #

    Hi, I am on day 6 of the Daniel fast, and have been blessed so much. I have grown closer to God everyday, and feel GREAT. Day one was tough, because I went cold turkey on the coffee and sugar, but God led me through it.
    I have a question about Salads. Up until now, I have eaten salads dry with no dressing, etc. That is tough to do. Is there a dressing or flavor option that is allowed on salads?
    thanks so much for your comments and encouraging words. We are blessed.

    January 8, 2011
  21. Lisa Malstrom #

    Larabars are 100% whole food and each flavor contains 2-9 ingredients only. The peanut butter cookie variety Miriam mentions, truly ONLY contains peanuts, dates and salt. The cashew cookie bar contains ONLY cashews and dates. The ingredients are not cooked, baked or processed. They are mixed and pressed together. No preservatives. Check out their website at By the way, I am not affiliated with Larabar at all. I just think it is a really unique product that could be successfully incorporated into a Daniel fast or other healthy eating plan.

    January 8, 2011
  22. No, not if it includes leavening agents.

    January 8, 2011
  23. No yeast on the Daniel Fast . . . so this would not be allowed. You can make your own flat bread or buy whole graint tortillas in the health food stores.

    January 8, 2011
  24. Kenneth Anderson #

    Is Sugar-free Syrup okay, it is sugar free?

    January 8, 2011
  25. Charles #

    I am not religious, but I do believe there is a higher power that created the universe (myself included). My life is a mess right now and I want to turn things around. I drink too much, I eat too much, and as a consequence I am not healthy physically and mentally. I purchased The Daniel Fast book after seeing a preacher on tv talking about it. I have decided that this is a great opportunity for me to join others in seeking a better life. I will buy a bible and read The Book of John and follow the fast as instructed. I hope a light comes on in my life. My soul feels black and rotten right now. Please pray for me. I will be here with you for the next 21 days.

    January 8, 2011
  26. Hi Charles,

    I’m not religious either . . . but I do know the living God and He knows me. I hope you sense even now that the living God is lovingly calling you to Him. He wants to lead uou and guide you to leave the unhealthy and hard things behind and move into an amazing life submitted to Him. This may sound like “religious talk” to you right now. There as a time in my life when I received it that way, too. But that was before I experience “that moment I first believed” when I was reading a Bibble – cramming to get ready for a debate that Jesus was just a good teacher and that God wasn’t real.

    That was the before and as I was reading I realize that I was reading the truth! I hope you will have a similar experience. For me, that was more than 35 years ago. I have messed around with doubt in my early years, but now I have experienced the miracle-working power of God in my life that I am fully convinced.

    Please stay in touch and I am so happy for our new discovery!

    January 8, 2011
  27. No sweeteners are allowed on the Daniel Fast. My guess is that this product also has artificial sweeteners and no chemicals are allowed on the fast . . . and if you are planning on using the syrup on pancakes or waffles, they include leavening and are not allowed on the Daniel Fast.

    I encourage you to take some time to study this site and visit my website at to learn more.

    January 8, 2011
  28. T #

    I am curious if Natural vanilla flavoring is okay in foods like instant cream of wheat original, it doesn’t taste sweet at all (which by the way is really nasty, but I love the grits with soy milk in place of water). I’m having such an issue with some ingredients for some reason, what about calcium choloride? Thank you so much! Love the book and all the recipes, bought both online!

    January 8, 2011
  29. T #

    Way to go Charles!!! I will be praying for you!

    January 8, 2011
  30. Thanks Lisa. Good info!

    Sounds like more of a “fruit bar” than what we consider to be cookies in the US.

    Sound like a good option for the Daniel Fast.

    Be blessed and thanks for the clarification.

    January 8, 2011
  31. Hi T,

    Calcium cloride is a type of salt used as a firming agent in foods. It’s considered a tolerable ingredient for organic foods. I try to avoid it, but consider it allowed on the fast when necessary. The reason I say this is because it’s very hard to find some canned varieties of food without the addition. On the other hand, I buy a lot of Kroger brand canned products and they often only have the vegetable with water and salt.

    January 8, 2011
  32. Hi Robbie,

    You can have my favorite prepared dressing: Newman’s Own Oil and Vinegar Salad Dressing

    You can also make your own and I have several recipes in the the books:

    Be blessed on your fast!

    January 8, 2011
  33. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Debbie,
    A favorite prepared dressing that fits the Daniel Fast is Newman’s Own Oil and Vinegar Salad Dressing. You also can make your own salad dressings and there are many recipes in the Daniel Fast Cookbooks

    January 8, 2011
  34. H #


    I would encourage you to journal this time in your life. Glad you are on board with us on the Daniel Fast!


    January 8, 2011
  35. T #

    Great thank you so much. That was sorta what I was thinking after I researched what exactly it was. I found the canned foods all to be different when I was looking at the ingredients while shopping, one brand might look like it’s just water and salt on one item but lots of extras on the next item, my grocery shopping took a lot longer last time. But I am really enjoying the fast!

    January 8, 2011
  36. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Kenneth,
    No sweentners or chemicals of any kind are allowed on the Daniel Fast. Begin to train yourself that as a general rule, if it says sugar-free that is code for Artificial (chemical) sweetners have been added.
    Be Blessed on your Fast!

    January 8, 2011
  37. T #

    sorry to bother again, but I am making Spicy Spaghetti with tofu right now and it calls for minced onion, is that dry or fresh? Thanks.

    January 8, 2011
  38. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Tony,
    If you consider these days as a preparation time for the Daniel Fast then you’re fine. The only drinking beverage on the Daniel Fast is water. Juice and plant-based milks (Soy, Almond, Rice etc.) can be used in recipes just not as a beverage. Unless, and here is one of those ‘grey’ areas, you are making a ‘Smoothie’ as a meal replacement. Also, you can find additional of information about the Daniel Fast on this blog and at our website: These resources are available to assist you in a successsful Daniel Fast.

    January 8, 2011
  39. Daniel Fast Team #

    That usually refers to fresh.

    January 8, 2011
  40. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Janeen,
    No sweetners of any kind during the fast.

    January 8, 2011

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