“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.”
Food Guidelines for a Daniel Fast
Fasting and Your Health
If you are in poor health or have concerns about your physical ability to fast, please consult a physician before beginning your first fast. There are different types of fasts recommended on these pages. Your doctor can provide advice on how you can participate on this Daniel Fast in a way that is healthy for you.
Foods You May Eat:
Brown Rice, Oats, Barley
Dried Beans, Pinto Beans, Split Peas, Lentils, Black Eyed Peas
Apples, Apricots, Bananas, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boysenberries, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Cranberries, Oats, Figs, Grapefruit, Grapes, Guava, Honeydew Melon, Kiwi, Lemons, Limes, Mangoes, Nectarines, Papayas, Peaches, Pears, Pineapples, Plums, Prunes, Raisins, Raspberries, Strawberries, Tangelos, Tangerines, Watermelon
Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chili Peppers, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Gingerroot, 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 not allergic to soy.
Spring Water, Distilled Water, 100% All-Natural Fruit Juices, 100% All Natural Vegetable Juices. You may also drink protein drinks.
Seeds, Nuts, Sprouts, corn tortillas
Foods to Avoid:
Meat (including but not limited to beef, pork, fish, chicken, veal, all meats)
Foods Containing Preservatives or Additives
White Flour and All Products Using It
Margarine, Shortening, High Fat Products
All Dairy Products
The Daniel Fast will lead to spiritual insight. “to those four young men God gave knowledge”.
The Daniel Fast is longer than one day. These young men fasted for ten days.
The Daniel Fast is a partial fast. They ate, but only vegetables and water.
The Daniel Fast requires abstinence from party or junk foods.
There is no indication that they ever began to eat the king’s food.
Sample Meal Plan
Hot whole-grain cereal with raisins and nuts
Hearty Layered Salad and Greek Vegetable Stew
Vegetarian Chili and a Green Salad with dressing
Lentil Soup and a Green Salad with dressing
Sliced vegetables with hummus
Sliced vegetables with white bean dip
Raw almonds or other nuts
Sliced fruit and nuts
Reward: Hebrews 11
Restore: Mark 9