What Can Be Eaten on a Daniel Fast?

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Christians use the Daniel Fast as a method of self-deprivation to help draw closer to God. The eating plan followed on this fast is based on Daniel's fast in the Book of Daniel in the Bible. This regimen is consider as a partial fast because you can eat and drink throughout the day instead of going without any food during the day -- you just have to be mindful about what foods you eat.

Permissible Foods

While you are following the Daniel Fast, you can eat fruits, nuts, seeds, vegetables and legumes. Those are the only foods Daniel ate during his fast. Some churches, however, allow members to eat natural whole grains, such as oats and barley, as well as fish and seafood. The Daniel Fast guidelines don't allow you to eat "precious" foods, such as honey, sweetened food, seasoned food or processed food, although some guidelines do permit foods seasoned with fresh herbs.


If you are following the Daniel Fast exactly as it is described in the Book of Daniel, the only drink you can have during your fast is water. Some Daniel Fast guidelines permit fruit juice and vegetable juice as long as it is all natural without any added salt, sweeteners, preservatives or other artificial ingredients. Herbal tea, caffeinated drinks and sweetened drinks are also against the guidelines. Milk is also off-limits since it is a dairy product.


The foods you eat while on this fast should be cooked as little as possible. Fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, for example, can be eaten raw or lightly steamed. Foods can't be fried or battered. Nothing that you eat should be cooked with any fat at all -- this includes margarine, lard and butter; however, natural oils, such as olive oil, are permissible.


Because you are likely drastically altering your diet, you may experience headaches and other mild symptoms. These are normal and will usually respond to over-the-counter treatments. If you are unsure about the symptoms you are having, contact your doctor. While on the Daniel Fast, consider taking a vitamin or mineral supplement to help ensure that you get all the nutrition you need.

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