The Daniel fast is a partial fast based on the biblical account of the prophet Daniel. Specifically, it derives from Daniel 1 which describes Daniel’s abstinence from the ‘king’s food’ in favor of ‘vegetables’ (Heb. zērō‘îm, ‘seeds’ or ‘pulse’, Dn. 1:12) and water.
The Daniel fast serves as a physical reminder of our dependence on the Lord. It gives us the opportunity to focus on Him as our ultimate satisfaction.
What can I eat?
- Here is a list of foods to enjoy during the Daniel Fast:
- Fruits & vegetables (fresh, frozen, juiced or canned)
- Beans & peas
- Nuts & seeds
- Whole grains (quinoa, barley)
- Quality oils (olive, canola, peanut, grapeseed)
- Liquids (water, fresh pressed juices)
Here is a list of foods to avoid during the Daniel Fast:
- Meat and dairy products
- Sweeteners (gum, mints, candy, honey, etc.)
- Non-whole grains (breads, pasta, flour, crackers, etc.)
- Solid fats
- Coffee & tea
Wait, no tea or coffee?!?
The example of the fast that we have in the Bible shows that Daniel only drank water. However, we do recognize the potentially debilitating effects of suddenly removing caffeine from your diet and simply ask to pray before deciding if a modification is truly necessary.
Sign up for the Daniel fast and Bible reading plan here. You’ll receive more information on the fast, as well as encouraging emails and inspiration.
For any further information, please contact pastor Dave Johnson.
View Frequently Asked Questions
When can I break the fast?
Those participating are allowed a ‘Sabbath’ dinner every Sunday during the duration of fast. We encourage people to use this opportunity to fellowship with one another.
How much food can I have on the Daniel Fast?
While the Daniel fast limits the types of food you can eat, it does not limit the amount. However, as always, we encourage people to practice moderation.
What about prepared foods?
Eating pre-packaged or prepared foods is permitted as long as it is made in conjunction with the acceptable foods list. When in doubt, read the label.
How do I get enough protein in my diet?
To ensure you are getting enough protein during the fast, it is recommended to make sure you are eating plenty of nuts, seeds, beans, and whole grains.
Can I take medications during the fast?
If you have a medical condition and/or are taking medications, please consult with your doctor for further instructions before engaging in the fast.
Do I have to eat organic foods only?
While organic foods are often mentioned in conjunction with the Daniel fast, there is no requirement to eat these types of foods exclusively.
Are there situations where I should modify the fast?
If severe health-related symptoms occur (migraines, vomiting, etc.) then we recommend taking a break and consulting a doctor. Furthermore, we recommend those who are pregnant to seek a proper modification of the fast as well.
What else can I do to make the most of the Daniel Fast?
We highly encourage everyone to participate in the daily Bible reading plan and fast from media to make the most of their time during the Daniel Fast. Please download the app "ReadScripture" in your app store (available in Android, iOS, or web version) - search for "Read Scripture" by Crazy Love Ministries. You can also check out how the plan works here. We also ask you to fast from media and social media. There is no ultimate list for this, but please be willing to spend these three weeks away from time killers and wasters. We hope that the time we normally spend eating and watching shows or surfing the web will be replaced with prayer and time in the word, and even investing in people.
Our goal is for the Daniel fast to heighten our sense of dependence on the Lord. While we provide suggested boundaries; ultimately, you have the freedom to heed the Spirit’s instruction. We encourage everyone to pray through this decision and seek what he may be telling you to give up for his sake during this time.
All nuts (raw, unsalted)
Oats (groats soaked)