Spiritual Wellness

The Daniel Fast in the Bible

Daniel Fast in the Bible

To be specific, I want to introduce to the world a complete guide of healing of your body, mind and soul of the Daniel Fast in the Bible. For this purpose, many people in the world know about fasting but do you know about the Daniel Fast in the Bible? As a result, it’s so many different health and spiritual benefits of the Daniel Fast in the Bible.

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What Is The Daniel Fast in the Bible?

Fasting is a way to humble yourself in the sight of God (Psalm 35:13; Ezra 8:21). King David said, “I humbled my soul with fasting” (Psalm 69:10). In the meantime, you may find yourself relying on God more fully for strength when you fast. Gradually, fasting and prayer can help us hear God more clearly. In the end, you will know how to hear God’s voice to make right decisions in your life.

Similarly, the Daniel Fast is a method of spiritual fasting based on the prophet Daniel’s experience fasting according to the book of Daniel in the Bible. With this in mind, there are two passages in specific that the Daniel Fast is based on: 

“Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables [pulses] 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

From this experience Daniel was said to gain knowledge, wisdom, spiritual understanding, favor, and even better appearance (Daniel 1:15-20) in addition to answered prayer and spiritual insight (Daniel 10: 11-12). 

So the idea behind the fast is that you would set aside other foods and focus on eating plant-based meals as an act of worship and sacrifice. 

How Long is The Daniel Fast in the Bible?

To begin with, every year around this time I will do the Daniel Fast for 21 days, so on May 18, I will start my Daniel fast and end it on June 7. In fact, it is typically meant to be followed for just 21 days. As an example, this length of time is based off of Daniel’s decision in chapter 10 to deprive himself of “pleasant food,” meat, and wine for three weeks while he sought God in prayer.

What Are The Benefits of the Daniel Fast?

For instance, the Daniel Fast or Daniel Diet is based upon the prophet Daniel’s dietary and spiritual experiences as recorded in the Book of Daniel in the Bible. Yet, it’s a type of partial fast that focuses very heavily on vegetables, herbs and other healthy whole foods but leaves out any animal sources of protein.

In the same way, the Daniel Fast is specifically referenced in the Bible in two sections of the Book of Daniel:

Daniel 1:12, which states, “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables [pulses] to eat and water to drink.”
Daniel 10: 2-3, which says, “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.”

Simultaneously, Daniel completed the 21 day fast, and he was more healthier and stronger than the other servants who have consumed meat. Immediately, the prison guards saw the difference in Daniel’s body compared to all the other servants. Furthermore, they’ve realize it was something different about Daniel compare to the others. However, they did not understand or know that it was Jesus Christ as the true living God.

Daniel Fast in the Bible Menu

According to our understanding of the Hebrew definition of “pulse” that was used in the verse for vegetables can actually mean a range of foods. Thereafter, here is the Daniel Fast food list of what you are allowed to eat during your Daniel Fast in the Bible.

Likewise, consider it a stricter version of a vegan diet yet overall plant-based.

Beverages

Water only — it must be purified/filtered; spring water is best. I only drink spring water.

Homemade almond milk, coconut water, coconut kefir and vegetable juice

Vegetables (should form the basis of the diet)

Fresh or cooked

May be frozen and cooked but not canned

Fruits (consume in moderation 1–3 servings daily)

Fresh and cooked

Ideally low glycemic index fruits like stone fruits, apples, berries, cherries and citrus fruits

May be dried but should not contains sulfites, added oils or sweeteners

May be frozen but not canned

Whole grains (consume in moderation and ideally sprouted)

Brown rice, oats quinoa, millet, amaranth, buckwheat, barley cooked in water

Beans and Legumes (consume in moderation)

Dried and cooked in water

May be consumed from can as long as no salt or other additives are contained and the only ingredients are legumes or beans and water

Nuts and Seeds (sprouted are best)

Raw, sprouted or dry roasted with no salt added

Common Foods in The Bible

To sum it up, here is a list of some common foods you can consume on your fast or include in Daniel Fast recipes:

Vegetables 

  • Artichokes
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Collard greens
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Green beans
  • Kale
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Mushrooms
  • Mustard greens
  • Okra
  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Rutabagas
  • Scallions
  • Spinach
  • Sprouts
  • Squash
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Turnips
  • Yams
  • Zucchini

Fruits 

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cherries
  • Coconuts
  • Cranberries
  • Dates
  • Figs
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Guava
  • Honeydew melons
  • Kiwi
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Mangoes
  • Melons
  • Nectarines
  • Oranges
  • Papayas
  • Peaches
  • Pears
  • Pineapples
  • Plums
  • Prunes
  • Raisins
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Tangerines
  • Watermelon

Legumes 

  • Black beans
  • Black-eyed peas
  • Garbanzo beans
  • Kidney beans
  • Lentils
  • Mung beans
  • Pinto beans
  • Split peas

Nuts and Seeds 

  • Almonds
  • Cashews
  • Chia seeds
  • Flaxseeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Walnuts

Whole Grains 

  • Amaranth
  • Barley
  • Brown rice
  • Millet
  • Quinoa
  • Oats (groats soaked)

Liquids

  • Water (spring)
  • Vegetable juice (fresh pressed)
  • Coconut milk
  • Coconut kefir
  • Almond milk

Foods To Avoid

Presently, on the Daniel Fast, you should not consume any of the other foods or beverages listed below. For example, here are foods you definitely want to refrain from eating:

  • Animal products: All meat, dairy, seafood, and eggs. 
  • Sweeteners: Agave nectar, artificial sweeteners, brown rice syrup, brown sugar, cane juice, corn syrup, honey, malt syrup, molasses, raw sugar, sugar, and other syrups. 
  • Leavened bread: Bread made with yeast. 
  • Refined and processed foods: Foods that contain artificial flavorings, artificial preservatives, food additives, white flour, and white rice. 
  • Deep-fried foods: All fried foods. 
  • Solid fats: Butter, lard, margarine, and shortening.
  • Chocolate: Milk chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, dark chocolate, chocolate syrup, and cacao.
  • Some beverages: Alcohol, coffee, and other caffeinated beverages. 
  • Iodized salt
  • Sweeteners
  • Meat, including shellfish
  • Dairy products
  • Processed foods
  • Breads, pasta, flour, crackers (unless made from sprouted ancient grains)
  • Cookies and other baked goods
  • Oils
  • Juices
  • Coffee
  • Energy drinks
  • Gum
  • Mints
  • Candy

The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast

Therefore, here is a complete guide of the Daniel Fast in the Bible book “The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast” that will help you to go deeper into your relationship with God on a mindful, powerful level and to increase your faith in Jesus Christ.

At length, with 21 devotionals and 100+ recipes, this book is your ultimate plan of action and toolbox as you commit to the Daniel Fast. Later, you’ll not only embrace healthier eating habits, you’ll also discover a greater awareness of God’s presence.

Why is the Daniel Fast Important in Your Life?

In addition to the health benefits, it is also important to increase your spiritual guidance.  Not only-but also if you are a difficult situation in your life, certain things only comes through fasting. Meanwhile, you’re trying to figure out everything on your own, God is there with you but is waiting on you to make a sacrifice.

Yes, absolutely I said it, God wants you to sacrifice something! Without a doubt in your in your heart, what are you willingly to sacrifice to get through theses hard times that are in the world. Indeed, the gas prices are already high, so what mountains do you need God to move in your life?

In spite of everything that is going around in your or around the world God is the solution to everything. Because of the sacrifice that you have made between you and God, He is going to send a blessing in your life so people will know He is real.

Are You Ready to Start Your Daniel Fast For Your Breakthrough?

Currently, where are you in your life? On the other hand, are you happy with where you are now? Most importantly, what are you going to do to change your situation around? For example, are you willingly to make a small sacrifice of the foods to love to get a major breakthrough? As soon as, you feel yourself struggle or if you are still struggling, the first thing to remember is yourself, what can you do to push yourself to anther level in life?

By all means necessary, at this point in your life, you must be ready to try anything. Of course I have other methods or ideas of fasting besides the Daniel Fast. Read How to Become A Spiritual Millionaire or Enroll in the Course, I have different methods or ways you can fast but still eat the foods you love the most.

What Happens Next?

At this instant, everything is up to you to change your life around, I can give you the tools to help or guide but everything all up to you. Although this may be true, some of you all might not be ready to change your life but their are others who are ready. Even though you are ready, what are you willingly to sacrifice in your life? Another key point is to try something different, you will only keep getting the same results unless you move outside of your comfort zone to try something different.

Whenever you are ready to make your mind, God is right there waiting on you. On the whole, remember that certain things only can happen from fasting or prayer. Nevertheless to say that God loves you so much, He will never leave you nor forsake you. Even so, He will give you the desires of your heart, simply you must “Ask” first.

In conclusion, I hope I was able to help you understand the Daniel fast in the Bible. Leave a comment at the bottom, tell me about your process and when are you going to get started on the fast. Overall, remember God has you here for a reason and you were created for a purpose.

About Author

Christy Sanderson, the charismatic yet virtuous award-winning author, entrepreneur, public speaker, and founder of Glory Nation, is helping women find a purpose in life and get closer to Jesus Christ. She is a woman of God who has devoted her life in the service of the first six letters of her name, Christ, the Almighty.

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Christy Sanderson is an Award Winning Author, Award Winning Entrepreneur of the year, and Public Speaker. She has a Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education, Master's in Special Education and she is an Educator!!! She has authored five other books, Woman of God Who Did God Create You To Be, From Nothing into the Woman of God: Spiritual Life, Woman of God Stop Looking for Love, God's Kingdom: Spiritual & Wealth Motivation and From Nothing into the Woman of God part 2. Christy has been featured on the cover of UBAWA Magazine, and several radio interviews. She was once a Co-Host on the Digital Breeze radio show in Atlanta, Georgia. At the young age of 23, Christy fully committed herself to God, letting Him take total control of her life, and started her own ministry, Glory Nation. Her life purpose is to experience and share God's Glory, to fulfill God's promises, and to help others become closer to Jesus Christ to find their life purpose.

(8) Comments

  1. I’ve never heard of this before (outside of the biblical story), but it sounds like a great way to have a healthy and peaceful cleanse of anything excess. I’ve never been up for a fast, but I may try this one.

    1. Hello Tori! Yes it does help, and I’m happy you have decided to try the Daniel Fast!!!

  2. I love this comparison of healthy eating to the bible💕. This is quite inspiring. Love your blog!

    1. Hello Shelley! Thank you so much for your positive comment and you’ve enjoyed the healthy eating in the bible of the Daniel fast!!

  3. Great perspective with healthy food and the bible!

    1. Hello Nakisha! Thank you so much!

  4. This is interesting, there is a lot of good and healthy food in the bible. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Hello Fransic! Thank you for your comment, yes their are a lot of good healthy foods in the bible.

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