Based on one of the books of the Bible, the Daniel Fast restricts your normal food intake to include only vegetables and fruits. Like most religious fasts, the Daniel fast involves using sacrifice to deepen the relationship between you and God. As a result, you should consume the Daniel fast's permitted foods in their natural state as much as possible. Consult a medical professional if you have any questions concerning health conditions and fasting.
Fruits are important sources of nutrition to consume on the Daniel Fast. They contain essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants your body needs to properly function. For example, C and B vitamins are powerful antioxidants that protect your body from free radical invasion and strengthen your immune system. They also contain starch and sugars for added energy during your fast. All fruits are considered good to eat during the 21-day Daniel Fast. Frozen and canned fruits are allowed if they contain zero amounts of preservatives or sugar, reports Daniel-Fast.com
Vegetables are wonderful additions to include in your daily diet. Like fruits, they contain fiber, which promotes bowel and overall digestive health. All vegetables qualify as permitted foods for the Daniel Fast. For best results, steam a variety of vegetables or eat them raw. Canned or frozen foods are available if no additional sweeteners or artificial preservatives are added. Vegetables can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch and dinner or as snacks.
Whole grains such as grits, plain oatmeal, brown rice and wild rice can be consumed whole on the Daniel Fast. Whole grains are sources of plentiful fiber, B and E vitamins, magnesium, copper and zinc. Refrain from adding anything but water to your whole grain dishes, notes Dr. Susan Gregory in "The Daniel Fast." Refined grains, such as enriched flour or most cereals, are not allowed on the Daniel Fast.
Consuming an adequate amount of liquid is important while on your fast. MayoClinic.com recommends you consume 64 ounces daily, which is equal to eight standard 8-ounce glasses. Although water is the only liquid you can consume, Daniel-Fast.com notes that you can also juice, puree or blend fruits for your drinking pleasure.
Since the 21-day Daniel Fast restricts meat and seafood, you can derive your protein from permitted sources, such as beans, seeds and nuts. Consuming these foods during your fast is a beneficial way to improve your protein intake, states Dr. Susan Gregory in "The Daniel Fast." Examples of these foods include kidney beans, black beans, lentils, macadamia nuts, Brazil nuts, peanuts, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and almonds. Check the nutritional labels to ensure your nuts or seeds contain no added sweeteners or artificial preservatives.
- Christ-Web.com: Daniel Fast and Daniel's Diet
- MayoClinic; Water: How much should you drink every day?; April 7, 2010
- "The Daniel Fast"; Dr. Susan Gregory; 2010