Daniel Fast–Snacks, Caffeine

(Editor’s Note: This blog post is written by Kristin Brookshire who currently works as a registered and licensed dietitian for Meals on Wheels and More of Austin.  –geno)

You will probably feel very hungry for the first few days as your body adjusts to the calorie deficit. Fortunately, hunger goes along with the whole idea of fasting. But to stave off the embarrassing stomach growl during your afternoon meetings, I suggest snacking throughout the day.

Headaches from the elimination of caffeine may also be an issue for you. Depending on what your current consumption is, you may choose to cut back slowly, or go “cold turkey.” I find that if you are replacing the caffeine source with enough water, you will be surprised to find that after a day or so, your body goes back to normal.

If you really don’t think that you can survive without the caffeine, then I suggest switching from caffeinated soda to a caffeinated plain tea or black coffee (hot or cold) . Whether or not you choose to include caffeine in your fast is a personal decision that you can prayerfully ask for peace about. These are the nit-picky things that we won’t choose to get hung up on.

Remember, the spirit of the fast is our focus.

If you aren’t accustomed to drinking water then I suggest keeping water in a plastic bottle (BPA free) and adding citrus juice for a little flavoring (lemon, lime, orange).

Simple Snack Ideas

  • Sliced raw veggies + hummus
  • Nuts + Fruit
  • Edemame (soy beans in the pod)
  • Nut butter and Fruit

Don’t worry about not eating enough protein, as long as you have a varied diet that includes a wide range of plant based protein sources and grains, you will be fine.

Primary Protein Sources

  • Nuts
  • Beans
  • Legumes
  • Quinoa
  • Soy (soy beans, tofu, tempeh)

Whole grains are wonderfully nutrient rich and sadly under-utilized. The starch component will help to keep you feeling full as well as fulfill protein needs. Unlike other bread products, corn tortillas can be eaten since they are minimally processed, unleavened and contain no added sugar.

Whole grains

  • Oat meal (rolled and steel-cut)
  • Quinoa
  • Brown Rice
  • Wild Rice
  • Barley
  • Corn

A Few Resources

TheUltimateDanielFast – website and blog


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4 Responses to Daniel Fast–Snacks, Caffeine

  1. Rachelle,

    Thanks for your encouraging note. May God richly bless you in this season of self-denial. –geno

  2. Rachelle says:

    I am on my fourth day of fasting and I didnt realize how much junk I consumed throughout the day. I wetn cold turkey with the soda and coffee and I feel ok so far. I am looking for God to do some amazing things in my spiritual life and I am surprised that I have lasted this long. God is worth it though. :)

  3. kevin Daniel says:

    And, are matza kosher crackers ok? they say not for use in Passover, but they are a flat baked cracker thingy from the HEB kosher section.

    For that matter, If it is vegetarian (or vegan) and kosher….?

  4. kevin Daniel says:

    Going through the HEB i noticed a gluten-free section, many of the packages saying “vegan”. What is the connection between gluten-free and vegan? Also, what about using coconut milk in cooking, and coconut-based palm products, or the plant agave?

    I know I am a difficult customer, and this time i am trying not to be, honest. I think last time i erred in going “gluten free and no refined sugars” rather than vegan and kosher, so, I am asking the questions now.

    We appreciate your help, your valuable years of education being brought to bear through a very gracious and patient approach – Thank You!

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