THE DANIEL FAST
It was recorded in the Bible that Daniel fasted for 21 days, and this is where the term Daniel fast came about. Daniel ate no “pleasant bread.”
It is important to note that there is more than one way to fast. Daniel did not eat anything he wanted, but he took some food.
During Daniel’s fast, you are crucifying the flesh, forbidding what your body craves naturally. This will prevent your flesh from dominating your spirit. Instead, your spirit dominates your flesh.
You can go a step further, if you want. You may want to say, “Lord, I’m going to sacrifice some of my time watching television to seek and pray to You.”
The idea of a Daniel fast comes from Daniel 1:8-14, where Daniel did not want to defile himself by taking up royal food and wine. Instead he chose just to eat vegetables and water.
Maybe there is something you like to do, but it is always stealing the time and energy you have to seek God. Giving up those things may be more effective than giving up on meat in a “normal” Daniel’s fast. Listen to the Holy Spirit and follow His leading, regarding the areas in which He wants you to get rid of.
There was an evangelist who decided to give God 10% of his time to pray. He started praying at night when his family has gone to bed. Each night, he prayed for 2hrs and 40min. To do that he had to sacrifice his television time. God has rewarded him with an international ministry.
Well, 2hrs and 40min may sound insane to you. How about half an hr a day away from television, games or chatting? Take that time and seek God daily, and expect the Holy Spirit to do great things in your life.
FOODS THAT ARE APPROVED ON 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: whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn.
· All nuts and seeds: 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, unprocessed coconut, peanut, sesame, walnut, almond, and mustard seed oil
· All herbs and seasonings and spices -salt is fine. Try and use natural herbs and seasoning
· Baking soda– all natural
· Agave Nectar– this is great! It is all natural and has a consistency similar to honey… just a little thinner. PLUS- the glycemic index of Agave nectar is VERY low.
· Stevia- This is a leaf that is naturally sweet. It is up to 300 times sweeter than sugar and has ZERO calories and ZERO carbohydrates. Stevia was first discovered by M.S. Bertoni and introduced to Europe in 1899. However, the Guarani Indians of Paraguay had been using the stevia leaves for over 1500 years. In recent years, it has become the dominate commercial sweetener in Japan. Not only is it a natural means to reduce or replace sugar without all the chemicals, its good for you! Hundreds of scientific studies have been done on Stevia, and scientists are reporting numerous health benefits. Wisdom Natural Brands www.sweetleaf.com offers a Stevia product that is great! They make Stevia powder in small packets (Sweet Leaf). I have purchased these from Wal-Mart and most health stores. My local grocery store also carries it. Wisdom also produces liquid Stevia. It does not contain any alcohol and is Daniel Fast friendly.
· Bragg Liquid Aminos® (natural alternative to soy sauce)
· Beverages: Water, naturally decaffeinated tea, fruit and vegetable juices
· Almond milk, Soy Milk (unsweetened)
· Tofu (whole soy beans and water)
· Pasta (whole-grain flour and water) NO EGGS or WHITE flour
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: milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs, etc.
· All sweeteners: (except for Agave Nectar & Stevia) including but not limited to sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice.
· Artificial Sweeteners: (Splenda® (sucralose), NutraSweet® (aspartame), Sweet’N Low® (saccharine), etc.)
· Soy sauce & vinegar (fermented)
· All leavened bread including Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods.
· All refined and processed food products; anything with 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, black tea (fully fermented,) carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.