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“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


One of the great things about the Daniel Fast is that you are not limited to any specific amount of food, but rather to the kinds of food you can eat. The Daniel Fast is limited to vegetables (includes fruits) and water.


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Special Note: if you have health issues, please be sure to contact your health professional for advice before committing to any fast including the Daniel Fast. If you would like a list of the foods included and excluded in the Daniel Fast to show your doctor, just copy the contents of this page. Also, if you are interested in a collection of recipes that will take you through an entire 21-day Daniel fast, click here.

After answering hundreds of questions about the Daniel Fast, I am updating the food guidelines. My hope is that it will serve as a more complete list. The original list used by many people was issued in a book about fasting. I know the author tried to do the best he could, but that isn’t the same as getting hundreds of questions seeking clarification. So here is the new list that I hope helps.

Please make sure to READ THE LABEL when purchasing packaged, canned or bottled foods. They should be sugar-free and chemical-free. Keep this in mind as you review this list of acceptable foods.

Foods to include in your diet during the Daniel Fast

All fruits. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Fruits include but are not limited to apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon

All vegetables. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Vegetables include but are not limited to artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, zucchini, veggie burgers are an option if you are not allergic to soy.

All whole grains, including but not limited to whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn.

All nuts and seeds, including but not limited to sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame. Also nut butters including peanut butter.

All legumes. These can be canned or dried. Legumes include but are not limited to dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans.

All quality oils including but not limited to olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, and sesame.

Beverages: spring water, distilled water or other pure waters.

Other: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.

Foods to avoid on the Daniel Fast

All meat and animal products including but not limited to beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish.

All dairy products including but not limited to milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.

All sweetenersincluding but not limited to sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice.

All leavened bread including Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods.

All refined and processed food products including but not limited to artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.

All deep fried foods including but not limited to potato chips, French fries, corn chips.

All solid fats including shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.

Beverages including but not limited to coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.


If you want recipes for 21 days with three meals and snack for each day, plus meal plans and great ideas for the Daniel Fast, consider The Daniel Fast Cookbook! Just $8.95, plus your purchase helps support this lay ministry and makes it possible for this blog to continue!

You can also see all the books by Susan Gregory at this link: Daniel Fast books

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The work in Zimbabwe has been fulfilled. Thank you to all who participated!


10636 Comments Post a comment
  1. Yes, grown on trees, so they are fine for the fast.

    January 23, 2016
  2. Yes, if it has no sweeteners or chemicals in the ingredients.

    January 23, 2016
  3. Smoking is not addressed in the fast. However, remember that your body is not your own. It was bought with a price and is now the temple of God’s Holy Spirit. You are the caretaker of God’s temple . . . so I would ask God if He’s okay with smoke in His dwelling place.

    January 23, 2016
  4. Yes, lemon slices are okay for your water during the fast.

    January 23, 2016
  5. Can I chew sugarless gum?

    January 23, 2016
  6. Love #

    Thanks for clarification 👍👍

    January 23, 2016
  7. Hi Jamie,

    First, you won’t find drinking tea in anything I teach. I can promise you, I have done more research and deeper consideration about the Daniel Fast than anyone whose giving that kind of information. The only beverage is water and there are no sweeteners. You are correct, there are a lot of discrepancies. One of the bestselling Kindle books for the Daniel Fast has muffins and soup with sour cream on the cover. Yet, it’s cheap and so people are buying it! I find it all kind of sad because people want God to move in their lives, yet are willing to invest so little😦 Okay, off the soap box.

    You are experiencing a lot of issues. Physically, your body is getting used to the the increased fiber in your foods. It will balance as you continue on the fast.

    About being hungry . . . your flesh is rebelling against denial. Plus, your body is likely withdrawing from sugar and from the chemicals in processed food.

    Lots of lessons to learn about ourselves and about God on the fast. Seems you’re in the classroom! That’s a good thing. You will have an amazing experience as you continue on and grow in the love and knowledge of the Lord.

    January 23, 2016
  8. The list is so many, so I can’t offer that. However, try to make meals from basic, simple, and clean ingredients. Ascorbic acid is in a lot of foods and is allowed since it’s a natural ingredient. You can google chemicals for which you’re not sure.

    January 23, 2016
  9. Yes, unsweetened almond milk is allowed on cereal.

    Be blessed.

    January 23, 2016
  10. No, unless the gum is also free of artificial sweeteners and chemicals. I have yet to find a gum that would be appropriate.

    January 23, 2016
  11. Tessa #

    Good day can natural sea salt be used

    January 24, 2016
  12. Joann Ingram #

    My pastor and our chruch do the Daniel’s Fast every year January 21- February 10 . Families team up together or connect with someone
    Outcomes of Fasting
    Increased level of intimacy with God;
    Heightened sensitivity to God;
    Next Dimension experience, (i.e) abundant
    Power; abundant glory; abundant provision.
    Natural juices

    January 25, 2016
  13. Rachel #

    Would Canola Oil be appropriate to have, it does not mention it in the list of things we can and cant eat?

    January 26, 2016
  14. Dip #


    pleease is crayfish okay?

    January 27, 2016
  15. No, the Daniel Fast is totally plant-based. Eat only food grown from seed.

    January 27, 2016
  16. Yes, canola is fine. All healthy oils are appropriate for the Daniel Fast.

    January 27, 2016
  17. Yes, salt is ok on the Daniel Fast.

    January 27, 2016
  18. Lyndora #

    Thank you this information

    May 14, 2016
  19. Renjo Julian Muñoz #

    Why is white rice prohibited while brown rice is not?

    May 17, 2016
  20. Holly W. #

    Hello, I have a question: what does it means “All meats included but not limited to”

    May 31, 2016
  21. Yashica #

    Hi. Since potatoes are allowed, and so is oil, why are french fries off limits? Just asking.

    June 13, 2016
  22. All herbal teas are natural foods that are good for the body. In addition, Stevia is a natural sweetener derived from leaves. So I am certain that restricting people to drink only water is not necessary on this diet, since a cup of herbal tea with a drop or two of Stevia in it fully conforms to the Daniel fast according to the list of foods that are allowed.

    This brings me to my next point, which is that this fast is based on a natural diet-based healing technique I learned about from several Naturopathic doctors over the years, rather than on an actual fast that the Prophet Daniel used. In fact, the foods Daniel ate or didn’t eat are not listed in the Bible, and we are only told that he did not eat anything that was pleasant to eat.

    By that definition, eating any of the many delicious legumes, beans, fruits and vegetables available to eat in the summer, coupled with salt, spices and herbs added would not be allowed, as these are all very pleasant to eat when combined. Legumes, greens, vegetables, seeds, nuts and fruits are fabulous with seasonings and oils added on top. I, for one, love salads, and could eat them all day without any complaints.

    So if it’s suffering that you are striving for, this fasting diet isn’t it! If you want to suffer while you eat, chew on unadorned, uncooked lettuce, spinach, kale, and other bitter greens, and sprinkle them with unsweetened lemon juice and plain, unflavored oil with no salt. Or cook up a bowl of whole grains and add no oil, salt, nut milk, or spices to it.Those meals would be rather hard to eat, in my opinion, although it would be very good to eat on a healing regimen. God bless.

    June 27, 2016
  23. Eena Kanapi Meloto #

    Is honey cider – a type of vinegar allowed in the fast? I assume it’s coming from the honey process but not sweet. It’s similar to apple cider.

    June 30, 2016
  24. Norman Smith #

    I’m will pray to GOD that I stay focused on my journey with this diet

    July 5, 2016
  25. j b #

    Is a vegetable patty allowed?

    July 6, 2016
  26. Michael Banks #

    Is all natural flavored chicken broth allowed during this Fast?

    July 7, 2016
  27. sereno jr. juarez #

    Sereno #

    hi..hello,,Im so greetful for your information about Daniel fast,Thank God for wisdom given
    to you richly..

    July 7, 2016
  28. Kara #

    Can you eat ketchup, mustard, salsa, and any types of cereals on the Daniel fast?

    July 11, 2016
  29. Yes, as long as the ingredients in the prepared products are within the guidelines (no sweeteners, not chemicals, not artificial flavors, etc)

    Be blessed!

    July 12, 2016
  30. No. The Daniel Fast is totally plant-based eating. Try to find vegetable broth that is free of sweeteners and chemicals. Look in the Natural Foods section of your supermarket.

    Be blessed

    July 12, 2016
  31. Yes, as long as the ingredients are all plant-based and free of sweeteners and chemicals.

    July 12, 2016
  32. That would be in the “gray zone.” I suggest you wait until after the fast. The Daniel Fast is totally plant-based eating.

    July 12, 2016
  33. Helena,

    The Daniel Fast is a spiritual experience and not a “health diet.” Please read about the fast and the origin of guidelines.

    July 12, 2016
  34. No deep fried foods on the Daniel Fast. Baked fries are great . . . just not deep fried.

    July 12, 2016
  35. The phrase means that if an item is not included on the list, but is still “meat” then it would not be allowed on the list. The lists on this site is not all inclusive since there are so many different foods throughout the world.

    July 12, 2016
  36. Because white rice has had the bran and germ removed from it (the most nutritious parts of the grain). Only whole grains are allowed on the Daniel Fast.

    July 12, 2016

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