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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!


10809 Comments Post a comment
  1. Hi Michelle,

    Leavening is not allowed on the Daniel Fast, so bread is out. You can use rice cakes made from brown rice and then spread them with 100% peanut butter. Jam includes sweeteners, so it is not allowed.

    Be blessed on your fast . . . check out more information here and on my website at where you will find all the resources you need to fully prepare for the fast and learn all about it.

    February 8, 2011
  2. Hi Tia,

    You can fast, having this one exception. I always encourage people to follow the instructions of their earthly physician while praying to the Great Physician.

    Be blessed on your fast!

    February 8, 2011
  3. Hi Yasmin,

    Yes, you are like many who want to continue healthy eating after the Daniel Fast. You can check out my other ministry at and see what others are doing.

    There are many alternative sweeteners to use when not on the Daniel Fast (no sweeteners of any kind are allowed). You can consider honey, stevia and rice syrup.

    Be blessed and congratulations on a successful fast!

    February 8, 2011
  4. Siobhan,

    The Daniel Fast is packed with protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats. The vast majority of men and women on the fast experience improvement in their health when they consume a balanced Daniel Fast. You want to make sure you understand the fast before you start it. This blog and my site at have all the information and resources you need to prepare for a successful Daniel Fast. Be sure to follow the guidelines and I encourage you to get the book which goes into great detail about the fast and includes a complete cookbook and a daily devotional. Your health will be fine if you follow the plan.

    Be blessed!

    February 8, 2011
  5. Sarah #

    I am 6 months pregnant and was wondering if there is anything I could or should add.

    February 8, 2011
  6. Yes, fruit and the best is whole grains.

    Don’t be surprised if you go through withdrawals from caffeine and sugar the first few days of your fast. Most of us feel lethargic and tired. But that soon passes and we move into a surge of well-being and increased energy.

    Be blessed and be sure to eat a balanced Daniel Fast eating plan.

    February 8, 2011
  7. Hi Gloria,

    I encouage you to get a copy of my book at your favorite local or online bookseller such as Amazon:

    Or you can go to my website at

    The book will really help you and your friends experience a successful fast. The Daniel Fast is an excellent choice for first-timers – but you want to be prepared. That’s why I sugges you get the book. It includes all the information you need for the Daniel Fast along with a complete cookbook and a daily devotional.

    You can also join the mailing list for more information, a list of the foods to eat and to avoid and to sign up for the complimentary daily devotional that I send. Just go to and you can sign up.

    Be blessed on your fast.

    February 8, 2011
  8. Hi Sue,

    No sweeteners are allowed on the Daniel Fast.

    Be blessed!

    February 8, 2011
  9. Hi Tammika,

    Clearly, the Lord would have you quit smoking. He has given you the responsibility to care for your body – bought with a price and the Temple of the Holy Spirit.

    I encourage you to ask this question to the Holy Spirit. Let Him be your Guide, your Strength, and your Comfort.

    Be blessed . . . and thanks for your kind comments!

    February 8, 2011
  10. Hi Sarah,

    You want to be sure to follow your doctor’s guidance. With that said, the Daniel Fast is a very healthy way to eat. Most pregnant and nursing mothers modify the fast by adding appropriate amounts of chicken and fish prepared in ways that are consistent with the Daniel Fast. But sure to study the fast so you know what it’s about. It’s very healthy and well-balanced with whole grains, vegetables and fruits. Study this blog and my site at where you will find all you need for a successful Daniel Fast.

    Be blessed.

    February 8, 2011
  11. God bless you.can you take communion on this fast ?

    February 9, 2011
  12. Yes, the Lord’s Supper always takes authority over fasting.

    Be blessed!

    February 9, 2011
  13. Check the ingredients, Jit. If the flour used in the cous cous you select is whole grain, then it would be acceptable. In the U.S. we can get what is called “Israeli cous couse” which is made from whole grains.

    Be blessed!

    February 9, 2011
  14. maria #

    I just started the fast and i was wondering if we can have the 100 %whole grain tostitos since the ingredients are salt,vegetable oil and whole corn?

    February 9, 2011
  15. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Maria,
    The ingredients all sound good, as long as they are baked or lightly fried and not deep fried.
    Be Blessed in your fast!

    February 9, 2011
  16. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Kirsh,
    Clearly, the Lord would have you quit smoking. He has given you the responsibility to care for your body – bought with a price and the Temple of the Holy Spirit. I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit. Let Him be your Guide, your Strength, and your Comfort.
    Be Blessed on your journey!

    February 9, 2011
  17. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Janis,
    Yes, those little flavored oatmeal packets would be considered processed. You will want the Old Fashioned Oatmeal for the fast.
    Be Blessed on your Fast!

    February 9, 2011
  18. gary #

    Hi, It is possible to drink decaffeinted tea ?


    February 10, 2011
  19. What do it means when you say it including but not limited to. Like you say all whole grains including but not limited to whole wheat, brown rice and etc.. do that mean that we are not suppose to eat it.

    February 10, 2011
  20. Linda #


    I’m on my 5th day of the fasting. It’s being a struggle with the vegetarian meals. But knowing the purpose of the fasting, it’s being very uplifting. Praying that God will really give me direction and speak clearly to me on which career will benefit me and also balance with my family life.

    My question is about protein in my fasting. I love beans but it gives me gas a lot. What else can I use to substitute. Although, lightly fried Tofu.
    Thanks Linda

    February 10, 2011
  21. Sarah #

    Can I have salt or spices on the fast?

    February 10, 2011
  22. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Sarah,
    Yes, you can have all natural salt, seasonings and spices on the fast.
    Be Blessed on your fast!

    February 10, 2011
  23. Daniel Fast Team #

    It means that: These items listed are allowed, but this is not intended to be a complete list. I hope this helps!

    February 10, 2011
  24. Romeal-Dorasay Johnson #

    Okay so I am starting the fast and I am having a hard time. So i have a few questions. First, I love pickles are they allowed. Second my favorite food is my cereal. I like Banana Nut Crunch which is a Naturally Flavored Whole Grain Cereal. With the Cereal since I can’t have milk can I have SILK or something else.

    February 10, 2011
  25. Daniel Fast Team #

    Yes, pickles are allowed as long as there are no sweeteners or additives in the ingredients. As for the cereal Banana Nut Crunch, you will need to read the Ingredients label for sweeteners and other additives. Other options for cereals are Muesli, Ezekiel brands and some varieties of Shredded Wheat (Arrowhead Mills brand) , and then there is good Old Fashioned Oatmeal. yes, you are correct, all plant based unsweetened milks are allowed to be used on cereals and in recipes. I hope this helps!
    Be Blessed on your Fast!

    February 11, 2011
  26. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Gary,
    Herbal TEA/Coffee- Here is one of the two verses that serve as the anchors for the Daniel Fast:Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink. Daniel 1:12 Daniel asked that he drink only water . . . thus, water is the only beverage on the Daniel Fast.
    I hope this helps!

    February 11, 2011
  27. Sandra #

    If you buy potatoes and fry them yourself…is this ok or sweet potatoes?

    February 11, 2011
  28. Astrid Bowman #


    Can you have coconut milk on the fast? I would think you can, as it’s not from a animal, but a tree?

    February 12, 2011
  29. Akia #

    I began The Daniel Fast on February 1, 2011 I have only drank water & V8, until today. Although, it says cashews are acceptable, I still feel awful. I tried to show my commitment by NOT eating at all. How can I not feel like a failure about this? 😦

    February 12, 2011
  30. Lizzy O. #

    Oh no… I think I’ve been doing this all wrong.. I started about 4 days ago, and I came to read the list.. I saw that wheat was allowed, and I have been eating wheat sandwich bread with all vegetables in it.

    Today I came to look at the list for other foods I’m allowed to eat, and I see that all breads are not allowed.

    What do I do now? Please is wheat bread allowed? I live on school campus and can’t really go shopping for other things. My options are limited. Without the wheat bread, all I can eat is apples, sometimes pear, peaches, and salad.
    Also about the salad, Can I use salad dressing like ranch? Oh This is sooo confusing, Please help me! I thought I was doing this right, but I think I got it all wrong. 😦

    February 12, 2011
  31. Eric Mariani #

    Hi, am I allowed to drink water mixed with lemon or lime on this diet? How about water with squeezed lemon or RealLemon concentrated juice?

    February 13, 2011
  32. Layla #

    Hi, I am starting the Daniel fast today and came across your website. I have a few questions…
    1. Are mashed potatoes allowed? (no butter added)
    2. For sunflower seeds—what if they have salt or something added to them? Can I not eat them?
    3. Is Quaker Oats, quick 1-minute, oatmeal allowed if I don’t add brown sugar (which is the only thing I usually add)?
    4. How should I cook the broccoli?

    Thank you for making this website!

    February 13, 2011
  33. marlene #

    this is my first time on the fast,i enjoy all of information on this site.i eat more fruit than vegetable,is this okay ?

    February 13, 2011
  34. Susan #

    I have heard wonderful things about this fast – however, most of those who did it were already vegetarians who were used to a lot of soy products. I am alergic to soy. Any thoughts on other protein substitutes. As an “older” citizen, I also struggle with too many beans – the gas is embarassing… your thoughts… I want to enter this prayerfully. Thank you.

    February 13, 2011
  35. flamingo #

    hi just wondering how many meals a day we are meant to have on the Daniel fast? thanks

    February 14, 2011
  36. Beth #

    Greetings! I started my daniel fast yesterday. Question: what does “nor did I anoint myself at all”, mean? How does it apply to my fast? Thank you for your time.

    February 14, 2011
  37. Daniel Fast Team #

    Hi Beth,
    Daniel was mourning. The custom in that time was that men would wear oils and perfumes in their hair. But since Daniel was mourning, this was not appropriate and therefor he was in a simple and plain dress and hygiene. Be Blessed!

    February 14, 2011
  38. Daniel Fast Team #

    There is no required amount of meals. However, we do suggest three moderate meals per day with two healthy snacks included.

    February 14, 2011
  39. Cathy Porter #

    My question is: I went to purchase the almonds and different kinds of nuts at the store, but while reading the label, I saw that there was either 1 or 2% sugar in them. Are they still ok for the daniel fast?

    Thank you,

    C. Porter

    February 14, 2011
  40. Are these milks allowed on the Daniel Fast? The milks in question are: soy, rice, almond and coconut.

    Another question; in all your responses it says to read the label if unsure or in question… My prune juice label says; 100% prunes, no additives or preservatives. May have add this to my fast?

    February 14, 2011

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