The Daniel Fast is based on the prophet Daniel’s experiences at two different times in his life. 10 Day Fast: In Daniel 1, Daniel chose not to eat the royal food that he was being served and ate only vegetables and drank water. The results were learning, skill, wisdom, spiritual understanding, favor, and better appearance “Daniel spoke with the attendant who had been appointed by the chief of staff to look after Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. “Please test us for ten days on a diet of vegetables and water,” Daniel said.…At the end of the ten days, Daniel and his three friends looked healthier and better nourished than the young men who had been eating the food assigned by the king.” Daniel 1:11-12, 15
21 Day Fast: Another time, in Daniel 10, he deprived himself of choice food, meat, and wine as he sought the Lord in prayer. The fast resulted in answered prayer and spiritual insight. “I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, for the full three weeks…Then he said, “Don’t be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day you began to pray for understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your request has been heard in heaven. I have come in answer to your prayer.” Daniel 10:3, 12 Three key components to the Daniel Fast: 1. Only fruits, vegetables, nuts, & whole grains. 2. Only water or natural fruit juice for a beverage. 3. No sweeteners, breads, meat, eggs or dairy products.
All fruit – fresh, frozen, dried, or juiced.
All vegetables – fresh, frozen, dried, or juiced.
All whole grains – amaranth, barley, brown rice, oats, quinoa, millet, and whole wheat.
All nuts & seeds – almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, and sunflower seeds; unsweetened almond milk. Nut butters are also included.
All legumes – canned or dried; black beans, black eyed peas, cannellini beans, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), kidney beans, lentils, pinto beans, and split peas.
All quality oils – avocado, coconut, grapeseed, olive, peanut, sesame, and walnut. Beverages– distilled water, filtered water, spring water, and natural fruit juices.
Other – unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk, or soy milk; herbs, spices, salt, pepper, unsweetened coconut flakes, seasonings, soy products, and tofu.
All meat & animal products – bacon, beef, buffalo, eggs, fish, lamb, poultry, and pork. All dairy products – butter, cheese, cream, milk, and yogurt. All artificial sweeteners. All leavened bread & yeast – baked goods (if it contains yeast and honey). All refined & processed food products – artificial flavorings, chemicals, food additives, preservatives, white flour, and white rice. All deep-fried foods – corn chips, French fries, and potato chips. All solid fats – lard, margarine, and shortening. Beverages – alcohol, sodas, and energy drinks The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast by Kristen Feola The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast book explains the Daniel Fast in easy-to understand language, provides 21 thought-provoking devotionals for each day of the fast, and shares more than 100 tasty, easy-to-make recipes that follow fasting guidelines. Kristen shows you how to structure the fast so you can spend less time thinking about what to eat and more time focusing on God. You will also discover that “to fast” means “to feast” on the only thing that truly nourishes – God’s powerful Word. Getting Practical with Prayer Spending daily time with God requires some strong proactive decisions.