Hello, My name is Kristin Brookshire. Currently, I work as a registered and licensed dietitian for Meals on Wheels and More of Austin.
I am very excited to be part of Hope Chapel’s initiative to fast and pray together during this coming Lenten season. The main focus of these blog posts is to help fellow Hopeites who want to engage in the Daniel Fast follow the guidelines of the fast in a practical and livable way.
Please feel free to ask questions and post stories of success or struggle in the comments section of this post. Of course, to those of you who are considering a different style of food based fasting, please to not hesitate to ask questions here as well.
The Daniel Fast, as we follow it today, is taken from two passages in scripture where Daniel was lead to fast in two specific ways.
Daniel 1:12 – Daniel requested to eat only vegetables and water for 10 days
Daniel 10:2-3 – Daniel did not eat any choice foods, meat or wine for 21 days
With that said, I must add a minor disclaimer – this fast is not intended to be an exact replica of Daniel’s fast. How could it? We don’t know precisely what he meant by “choice foods” nor the types of foods that were likely available to him at that time. And no, we won’t fuss too much about these things. Rather, our primary goal should be to replicate the spirit in which Daniel went into fasting. The food is secondary.
The following guidelines are based on the two scriptures mentioned above, as well as several published resources that outline the “modern” interpretation of this style of fasting.
Foods to Avoid
- Animal Meat or Products – dairy, cheese, eggs
- Sugar or Sweeteners (including artificial)
- Leavened Bread
- Processed or Refined Grains – a.k.a. “junk food”
- Fried Foods – including French fries, potato chips, etc.
- Caffeine or Alcohol
Foods to Eat
- Water Water Water
- All Fruit – fresh, frozen, canned
- All Vegetables – fresh, frozen, canned
- Whole Grains – brown rice, oats, quinoa, millet, barley, etc.
- Nuts and Seeds
- All Legumes – canned or dried
- All quality vegetable oils
- Other – herbs, spices, salt, pepper, seasonings, soy products, tofu
This is a very “clean” diet that has basically eliminated junk food and only allows for foods that will actually revitalize your body. It is very similar to a restrictive vegan diet. Expect to lose weight if you follow this fast for the full 21 days. Those who wish to maintain their weight will need to double up on their quantity of higher calorie foods such as nuts, avocado, whole grains and starchy vegetables.
A Few Resources