What is the Daniel Diet
The Daniel Diet or Daniel fast, is a diet where eat plant-based meals that are nutritious, and you can make them as delicious as you want, while setting aside other foods. This is done as an act of worship and sacrifice to the Lord, for us to grow closer and hear from Him.
This list explains the categories of foods to eat and foods to avoid on the Daniel Fast.
Daniel Diet: Foods You Can Eat
Amaranth, barley, brown rice, buckwheat, bulgur, freekeh, millet, oats, purple rice, quinoa, rye, sorghum, spelt, teff (an African cereal which is cultivated almost exclusively in Ethiopia, used mainly to make flour.), whole grain pasta, whole wheat, and wild rice.
Ezekiel bread is not allowed because it contains yeast, you can easily make your own flatbread.
Unleavened bread: whole grain bread made without yeast, sugars, or preservatives.
Beans and legumes
Black beans, black-eyed peas, cannellini beans, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), great northern beans, kidney beans, lentils, peanuts, pinto beans, and split peas.
Nuts and seeds
Almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, nut butters, peanuts (legumes), pecans, pepitas (pumpkin seeds), pine nuts, pistachios, poppy seeds, walnuts, sesame seeds, soy nuts, sunflower seeds.
All vegetables are allowed: fresh, frozen, dried, juiced, and canned.
All fruit is allowed: fresh, frozen, dried, juiced, and canned. If you opt for dried fruit, make sure there is NO sugar. Always read the ingredients section.
Daniel Diet: Oils
Oils: fruit, coconut, olive, and sesame, are allowed but should be used minimally. No fried foods, sauté lightly.
Spices and Seasonings
All herbs, spices, and seasonings are allowed, including salt and pepper.
Daniel Diet: Beverages
Water should be the main beverage: distilled, filtered, sparkling, spring, and mineral water are allowed. 100% fruit juice on occasion.
Daniel Diet: Foods Not To Eat
Meat (bacon, beef, bison, chicken, lamb, pork, and turkey), dairy, (butter, cheese, cream, milk, and yogurt), fish/seafood, eggs.
Agave nectar, artificial sweeteners, brown rice syrup, brown sugar, cane juice, corn syrup, honey, malt syrup, molasses, and raw sugar.
Yeast and leavened bread.
God often required the Israelites to give up leavened bread (contains yeast) during certain times as a way of setting them apart from neighboring peoples. By not having yeast, we’re making a statement against sin and that’s in keeping with Jewish tradition by refusing to eat leavened bread as we seek the Lord.
White flour and white rice. Only whole grains are allowed on the Daniel Fast. A whole grain product contains the entire grain kernel like: bran, germ, and endosperm.
Foods that contain artificial flavorings, chemicals, food additives, and preservatives.
Corn chips, French fries, and potato chips.
Sometimes baked chips can be acceptable if they don’t contain restricted ingredients.
Butter, lard, margarine, and shortening.
Milk chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, dark chocolate, chocolate syrup, and cacao. I would also add in candy of any sort.
Caffeinated and alcoholic beverages
Alcohol, coffee, caffeinated tea, and energy drinks. If you absolutely have too to keep us your energy, a watered down black coffee might be okay, but is not a part of this diet.
Note: Every item that can be used for the Daniel fast is not listed here.
The next thing you want to do is go into prayer, ask the Lord what type of fast you should do. Allow the Lord to lead you for the success of your fast and the duration.
Once you know what type of fast you want to do, start making a list of how to go about it: A list of prayers to keep in mind, preparation, and support. We are here for you!
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