We live in a society of broken health and expensive medicine. Most diets are costly and unsuccessful. Perhaps the Daniel Fast can help.

A chickpea salad.  The Daniel Fast is similar to a vegan diet.
The Daniel Fast is similar to a vegan diet.
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What is the Daniel Fast?

Test your servants for ten days; let us be given vegetables to eat and water to drink.

Daniel 1:12 (ESV)

The Daniel Fast is a three week partial fast than many Christians and nutrition-driven individuals practice. Daniel’s fast was originally a test between Daniel and the king’s servants. The test was to see if the king’s selected food was better than Daniel’s chosen food, unfettered with uncleanliness.

Daniel’s fast was successful when he came up against other men who ate the king’s food. Daniel was fitter and stronger, and his men were fitter and stronger, but Daniel 1:17 says that God blessed Daniel and his men with “knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.” The former, a result of healthy eating, the latter, a blessing from God for Daniel’s allegiance to Him.

Daniel Fast Foods

In those days I, Daniel, was mourning for three weeks. I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, for the full three weeks.

Daniel 10: 2-3 (ESV)

Many churches practice the Daniel Fast during Lent or times of prayer and fasting.  Christians then adopted the Daniel Fast as a means of healthy eating choices. Now, the health field, which touts the benefits of intermittent fasting, also encourages the three weeks Daniel Fast.

The following is a link to a list of Daniel Fast foods (makes it sound like junk food, doesn’t it?). It also provides a list of dos and don’ts. To my detriment, coffee is a big don’t! https://draxe.com/nutrition/daniel-fast/

Hands folded in prayer.  The Daniel Fast can include prayer and meditation on scripture.
The Daniel Fast can include prayer and meditation on scripture.
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Daniel Fast Scripture Readings

For those who wish to use the Daniel Fast as a source of prayer and meditation, here are some helpful scriptures by which to meditate: https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/35-21-day-fast/day/1.

I will be honest, the Daniel Fast is not easy. For those of us addicted to caffeine, sugar, and chemicals, the Daniel Fast can send you into withdrawals! I have taken time to wean myself back on things that cause withdrawal weeks before starting the Daniel Fast. Praying, fasting, and meditating on scripture will help to carry you through your fast. Weening yourself off of addictive foods and drinks first, will save your family from bad days and cross attitudes due to your withdrawals!

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