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The Daniel Fast

The Daniel fast is a partial fast: this means it does not require

you to give up all food for a period of time. 

The book of Daniel talks about when King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon besieged Jerusalem and took captives. Daniel was one of the captives taken from Judah's royal family and nobles.


In Daniel 1:4-5 King Nebuchadnezzar told his chief of staff... “Select only strong, healthy, and good-looking young men,” he said. “Make sure they are well versed in every branch of learning, are gifted with knowledge and good judgment, and are suited to serve in the royal palace. Train these young men in the language and literature of Babylon. The king assigned them a daily ration of food and wine from his own kitchens. They were to be trained for three years, and then they would enter the royal service.

Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine that the king wanted to give them. So he asked the chief of staff for permission to not eat the unacceptable foods. 

The Daniel fast is built around what we read in the book of Daniel,

an understanding of Levitical law, and clean foods.

Below are some examples of foods you can and can not eat while on the Daniel Fast.

Foods Approved for the Daniel Fast

  • Vegetables - all fresh, frozen, dried, juices, and canned vegetables (Fresh is preferred).

  • Fruit - all fresh, frozen, dried (with no added sugar), juiced and canned fruit.

  • Whole grains - amaranth, barley, brown rice, buckwheat, bulgur, millet. Freekeh, oats, purple rice, wild rice, whole wheat, spelt, sorghum, rye, quinoa.

  • Beans and legumes - black beans, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, lentils, peanuts, pinto beans, split beans, black-eyed peas.

  • Oils - coconut, olive, sesame, etc., but not for deep-frying

  • Nuts and seeds - almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, soy nuts, sesame seeds, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, pine nuts, pistachios, poppy seeds

  • Unleavened bread, herbs, spices, and seasonings

  • Beverages - water, some fruit juice, unsweetened non-dairy milk

  • Alcohol

  • Added sugars - any foods with added sugar are prohibited, agave, artificial sweeteners, brown sugar, cane juice, corn syrup, honey, sugar, molasses, etc.

  • Meat - beef, bison, chicken, goat, lamb, pork, turkey, fish

  • Dairy - butter, cheese, cream, milk, yogurt

  • Eggs are prohibited

  • Yeast - this includes all leavened bread 

  • Refined grains - white rice, white flour

  • Processed food - any food with artificial flavorings, colorings, chemicals, additives, and preservatives are prohibited

  • Fried food - corn chips, potato chips, French fries, fried vegetables (tempura) etc.

  • Solid fats - butter, lard, margarine, shortening

  • Chocolate - milk chocolate, semi-sweet, dark, syrup, cacao

  • Caffeinated drinks

Foods NOT Approved for the Daniel Fast

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