What is a Daniel Fast?

The Daniel Fast is a biblically based partial fast referenced in the Bible, particularly in two sections of the Book of Daniel:

  • Daniel 1:12, which states, “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables [pulses] to eat and water to drink.” 
  • Daniel 10: 1-2, which says, “In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.”

Daniel Fast Guideline

Food List BEVERAGES

  • Water 
  • Homemade Almond milk, coconut water, coconut kefir and vegetable and fruit juices

VEGETABLES (should form the basis of the diet)

  • Fresh or cooked

  • May be frozen and cooked but not canned

FRUITS (consume in moderation 1-3 servings daily)

  • Fresh and cooked 
  • May be dried like raisins or apricots (no sulfites or added oils or sweeteners) 
  • May be frozen but not canned

WHOLE GRAINS (consume in moderation and ideally sprouted)

  • Brown Rice, Quinoa, Millet, Amaranth, Buckwheat, Barley cooked in water
  • Sprouted or ancient grain breads

BEANS & LEGUMES (consume in moderation)

  • Dried and cooked in water
  • May be consumed from can as long as no salt or other additives are contained and the only ingredients are beans and water

NUTS & SEEDS (sprouted are best)

  •  Raw, sprouted or dry roasted (no salt added)

FOODS TO AVOID

On the Daniel Fast, you should not consume any of the other foods or beverages listed below. And, I want to mention that on the Daniel Fast some allow sea salt or himalayan salt and others do not. My recommendation is to only use a bit of sea salt when necessary in flavoring dishes.

Here are foods you definitely want to refrain from eating: Iodized Salt | Sweeteners | Meat | Dairy products | Breads, pasta, flour, crackers, cookies | Oils | Juices |Coffee Energy drinks |Gum | Mints | Candy