The Daniel Fast – Part 4
These are some foods to include in your diet during the Daniel Fast…
- All fruits: These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned (watch for added sugar). Apples Apricots, Avocados, Bananas, Berries, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boysenberries, Breadfruit, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Coconuts, Cranberries, Dates, Figs, Grapefruit, Grapes, Grenadine, Guava, Honeydew melons, Kiwi, Lemons, Limes, Mangoes, Melons, Mulberry, Nectarines, Oats, Olives, Oranges, Papayas, Peaches, Pears, Pineapples, Plums, Prunes, Raisins, Raspberries, Strawberries, Tangelos, Tangerines, Watermelon.
- Vegetables: These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned (watch salt content). Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chili peppers, Collard greens, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Ginger root, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Mustard greens, Okra, Onions, Parsley, Peppers, Potatoes, Radishes, Rutabagas, Scallions, Spinach, Sprouts, Squashes, Sweet potatoes, Tomatoes, Turnips, Watercress, Yams, Zucchin.i
- Legumes: Dried beans, Black beans, Cannellini, Pinto beans, Split peas, Lentils, Black eyed peas, Green beans, Green peas, Kidney beans, Peanuts (includes natural peanut butter), Beans, Lentils, Lupines, White Peas.
- Seeds: All nuts (raw, unsalted), Sprouts, Ground flax, Cashews, Walnuts, Sunflower, Sesame, Almonds, Natural Almond Butter.
- Whole Grains: Whole wheat, Brown rice, Millet, Quinoa Oats, Rolled Oats, Plain Oatmeal- not instant, Barley Grits (no butter), Whole wheat pasta, Whole wheat tortillas, Plain Rice cakes ,Popcorn.
- Liquids: Water (spring, distilled, filtered), Unsweetened Soy Milk, Herbal (caffeine free) Tea, 100% Fruit/Vegetable Juice (no added sugar).
- Other: Tofu, Soy products, Herbs, Small amounts of Sea Salt, Small amounts of Ezekiel Bread, Small amounts of Olive Oil, Spices (read the label to be sure there are no preservatives)
Some Foods to avoid on the Daniel Fast…
All animal products including all meat, poultry, fish… White rice, White bread, All deep fried foods, Caffeine, Coffee (including decaf b/c contains small amount of caffeine). Carbonated beverages, Energy drinks, Foods containing preservatives, additives, Refined foods, Processed foods. Food additives, Refined sugar, Sugar substitutes, Raw sugar, Syrups Molasses, Cane juice, White flour, Margarine Shortening, High fat products, Butter, All leavened breads, Baked goods, All dairy, Milk, Cheese, Yogurt, Cream, Eggs, Alcohol, Mayonnaise.
What about prepared foods?
Read the labels of all prepared foods. Remember the Daniel Fast is sugar-free and chemical-free. So, if you use any canned fruits, vegetables, packaged foods, or prepared sauces you must read the label to be aware about just what is in there.
What about pasta?
Make sure the label says whole grain pasta with no additives (watch for sugar). Whole grain pasta offers 7 grams of protein per serving (3/4 cup of dried pasta).
I know it says raw, unsalted nuts, but what about roasted nuts?
The goal would be to stick to raw, unsalted nuts. But these are harder to find so in a pinch just make
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sure you get plain roasted, unsalted nuts with no preservatives.
How do I get enough protein in my diet while on the fast?
The following are protein-rich foods that are allowed on the Daniel Fast… almonds, sunflower seeds, lentils, quinoa, brown rice, split peas, whole grains, and tofu.
What kind of peanut butter is allowed?
A natural peanut butter with no additives…watch for sugars including molasses. Smucker’s creamy natural peanut butter has nothing but peanuts in it.
How can I identify whole grain foods?
Typically if the ingredient lists “whole wheat”, “rolled oats”, or “whole corn” as the first ingredient, the product is a whole grain food item. Another way to identify whole grains in the foods you eat is to look in the nutritional facts information and check if the food item contains dietary fiber. If it contains a significant amount, it most likely contains whole grains. “Wheat flour” is not a whole grain and therefore does not indicate a whole grain product.
What about salad dressing?
Olive oil and lemon or lime are an option. Avoid processed salad dressing.
Do I need to eat organic foods while on the fast?
No, but it is suggested because organic foods are produced without the use of feed or fertilizer of plant or animal origin and without employment of chemically formulated fertilizers, growth stimulants, antibiotics, or pesticides.
Where can I go out to eat?
Well, we think you can go anywhere and order cautiously, asking questions to the wait staff, knowing ahead of time that you may be ordering a salad with olive oil and a baked potato with no extras.
What about bread?
We are recommending the Ezekiel bread found in the freezer section of your grocery/health food store. Flat bread or Swedish “Wasa” breads.
How much can I eat?
As long as they are the appropriate foods, we are recommending eating until satisfied with no limits.
The Daniel Fast is a spiritual discipline designed to better connect us with God. As leaders of South Shore Community Church, we’ll take 21 days to deepen our relationship with God and center ourselves around what God is going to do in our church. We are praying that hundreds of people will come to faith in Christ during this season as we invite our friends who are “far from God”.
At the Passion Centre we are asking our leaders to join the staff in the 21 day fast but if circumstance won’t allow the full fast, we ask that you would set aside some things *(coffee, bread, foods that you like, cigarretes, alcohol, etc – these are just a few suggestions) and join us in prayer and fasting.