A GUIDE TO FASTING
21 Days of Fasting and Prayer challenges us to deny the flesh in order to seek the Lord in prayer and focus on our union with Him during this season. It is a way of making space and turning down the volume of our lives to hear from God and cultivate a greater awareness of his presence. The pattern we are recommending is a total fast (water and/or juice only) for the first 3 days: Monday, January 10 - Wednesday, January 12. Beginning Thursday, January 13, and going through Sunday, January 30, we will be participating in what has become known as the Daniel Fast. The fast is modeled on the Old Testament account of dietary practices in Daniel 1:11-17. This practice recommends the intake of certain foods and the elimination of others from one’s diet.
We realize that some people cannot participate in the fast to the same extent as others due to health concerns or other legitimate reasons. For those with health or other concerns, we encourage you to participate to the extent you are able. The intention of the Daniel Fast is not to duplicate exactly what Daniel ate, but to replicate the spirit in which he did it.
If the focus of the fast is solely on food, we will miss the blessing of the experience.
The guide that follows presents a quick reference of Daniel Fast approved foods and
area restaurants that have appropriate meal options.
FOODS TO ENJOY
All meat and animal products – bacon, beef, buffalo, eggs, fish, lamb, poultry, pork and animal sausage casing. • all dairy products – butter, cheese, cream, milk, and yogurt. • all sweeteners – agave nectar, artificial sweeteners, brown rice syrup, cane juice, honey, molasses, raw sugar, syrups, stevia, and sugar. • all leavened bread & yeast – baked goods and Ezekiel bread (if it contains yeast and honey. • all refined and processed food products – artificial flavorings, chemicals, food additives, preservatives, white flour, and white rice. • all deep fried foods – tortilla chips, French fries and potato chips. • all solid fats – lard, margarine, and shortening. • Beverages – alcohol, carbonated drinks, coffee, energy drinks, herbal tea.
All vegetables (including potatoes) – fresh, frozen, dried or juiced. • all fruits – fresh, frozen, dried, or juiced. • all whole grains – amaranth, barley, brown rice, oats, quinoa, millet, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn. • all nuts and seeds – almonds, cashews, macadamia nuts, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds and unsweetened nut butters. • all legumes – dried or canned; black beans, black eyed peas, cannellini beans, garbanzo beans (chickpeas), great northern beans, kidney beans, lentils, pinto beans, and split peas. • all quality oils – avocado, coconut, grapeseed, olive, peanut, sesame, and walnut. • Beverages – water only: distilled, filtered and spring water without added flavoring. • other – unsweetened almond milk, coconut milk, rice milk, or soy milk; herbs, spices, salt, pepper, vinegar, seasonings, unsweetened coconut flakes, soy products, and tofu. *For packaged and canned food check the ingredients list to ensure there are no added sugars, chemicals or preservatives.