Daniel wrote: For three weeks I was in sorrow. I ate no fancy food or meat, I drank no wine, and I put no olive oil on my face or hair. Daniel 10:2-3.
Hello everyone! Giving up meat and dairy for a few weeks is definitely a sacrifice for many of us, plus cooking meals “from scratch” is not always easy. So I put this site together to give you some recipes and ideas that could help you out. This partial fast is an awesome way to submit ourselves to God as a church body and I’m looking forward to find out what He has in store for us. Let’s embrace it with joy, anticipation, and understanding of the importance of fasting in our spiritual walk with the Lord. Please browse the website and feel free to improvise these recipes and come up with your own concoctions. Be creative and experiment with new ingredients. — Eugenia George
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Daniel Fast Guidelines
Disclaimer: I came across a few variations of the Daniel Fast while searching on the net. Some people, such as myself, eat whole wheat pasta but others may prefer to just eat vegetables and little of anything else. Don’t be legalistic about it. Just pray and do it with a good attitude without judging others. Regardless of how you choose to do the Daniel Fast, overall you are going to make a sacrifice by practically becoming a vegetarian for 21 days. The Daniel Fast is, in fact, more strict than a vegetarian diet because you can’t have any sugar, coffee, refined grains, fried foods, or dairy products.
Foods That Are Allowed:
Organic Whole Grains: Brown Rice, Wild Rice, Oats, Barley, Spelt, Whole Wheat, Buckwheat, Corn, Millet, Farro, Bulgur, etc.
What are whole grains?
Whole grains are basically grains that have not been refined and, therefore, still contain bran and germ. For instance, brown rice, pop corn, and oats are whole grains. On the other hand, white rice is not a whole grain because it is milled so the bran and germ is actually removed. Refined grains do not sprout but whole grains do. Whole grains contain almost 4 times more dietary fiber than refined grains. (Source: Wikipedia).
Bread: Ezequiel, Genesis 1:29, and Mana breads which are all made with sprouted whole grains and some types are made without yeast. There are also some generic brands out there that you can try. You can eat other unleaved breads (no yeast) like whole-wheat or corn tortillas, pita, plus other types of whole-grain flat breads. Avoid multi-grain bread which only contains some whole grains but it’s not 100% whole grain and probably fluffier. We have to avoid such delicacies :-).
Organic Legumes: Beans (all kinds), lentils, peas, chickpeas. *Legumes are an excellent source of protein.
Organic Fruits: all kinds of fresh or frozen, organic fruit. Avoid canned and dried fruit which are both packed with added sugar. Dried fruit with no added sugar is OK if you are not diabetic. Bananas and other fruits with a high glycemic index may not be OK if you are diabetic. Check with your doctor or nutritionist.
Organic Vegetables: all kinds of fresh or frozen, organic vegetables. You can also try organic veggie burgers. Make sure they are vegan because some types of veggie burgers contain eggs. If you are allergic to soy, then veggie burgers and meat substitutes are not recommended.
Organic Seeds, Nuts, Nut Butters, Sprouts, Flax
Soy Products, Vinegar, Herbs, Natural Spices (cumin, turmeric, cinnamon, etc) , Almond Milk, Soy Milk, Brown Rice Milk, Oat Milk, Tofu, Tempeh
Quality Oils: Grape seed Oil, Sesame Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Canola Oil, etc. Limit the use of these oils for salad dressings and light sauteing.
Liquids: Water, 100% All-Natural Fruit Juices, 100% All Natural Vegetable Juices (preferably homemade). It’s time to take out your Jack LaLanne juicer from the cupboard if you have one.
Foods to Avoid:
All Meat and Animal Products
Dairy (Milk, Butter, Cheese)
White Rice, Caffeine, Fried Foods
Foods Containing Preservatives or Additives
Refined Sugar, Cane Sugar, Raw Sugar, Molasses, Honey
Artificial Sugar Substitutes
White Flour and All Products Using It
Margarine, Shortening, High Fat Products, Mayonnaise
Potato and Corn Chips