Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Daniel Fast?
The Daniel fast is a partial fast based on the biblical account of the prophet Daniel. Specifically, it derives from Daniel 1 which describes Daniel’s abstinence from the ‘king’s food’ in favor of ‘vegetables’ (Heb. zērō‘îm, ‘seeds’ or ‘pulse’, Dn. 1:12) and water.
Why do we do the Daniel Fast?
The Daniel fast serves as a physical reminder of our dependence on the Lord. It gives us the opportunity to focus on Him as our ultimate satisfaction.
What can I eat?
Here is a list of foods to enjoy during the Daniel Fast:
Fruits and vegetables (fresh, frozen, juiced or canned)
Beans and peas
Nuts & seeds (raw, unsalted and soaked/sprouted)
Whole grains (quinoa, barley)
Quality oils (olive, canola, peanut, grapeseed)
Liquids (water, fresh pressed juices)
Here is a list of foods to avoid during the Daniel Fast:
Meat and dairy products
Sweeteners (gum, mints, candy, honey, etc.)
Non-whole grains (breads, pasta, flour, crackers, etc.)
Coffee & tea
Wait, no tea or coffee?!?
The example of the fast that we have in the Bible shows that Daniel only drank water. However, we do recognize the potentially debilitating effects of suddenly removing caffeine from your diet and simply ask to pray before deciding if a modification is truly necessary.
When can I break the fast?
Those participating are allowed a ‘Sabbath’ dinner every Sunday during the duration of fast. We encourage people to use this opportunity to fellowship with one another.
We will have a worship event on January 27th to officially break the fast as a church.
How much food can I have on the Daniel Fast?
While the Daniel fast limits the types of food you can eat, it does not limit the amount. However, as always, we encourage people to practice moderation.
What about prepared foods?
Eating pre-packaged or prepared foods is permitted as long as it is made in conjunction with the acceptable foods list. When in doubt, read the label.
How do I get enough protein in my diet?
To ensure you are getting enough protein during the fast, it is recommended to make sure you are eating plenty of nuts, seeds, beans, and whole grains.
Can I take medications during the fast?
If you have a medical condition and/or are taking medications, please consult with your doctor for further instructions before engaging in the fast.
Do I have to eat organic foods only?
While organic foods are often mentioned in conjunction with the Daniel fast, there is no requirement to eat these types of foods exclusively.
Are there situations when I should modify the fast?
If severe health-related symptoms occur (migraines, vomiting, etc.) then we recommend taking a break and consulting a doctor. Furthermore, we recommend those who are pregnant to seek a proper modification of the fast as well.
Can I afford to participate in the Daniel Fast?
There are inexpensive meal plans that may allow you to fully engage in the Daniel fast without breaking the bank. Here are some great examples (link).
Our goal is for the Daniel fast to heighten our sense of dependence on the Lord. While we provide suggested boundaries; ultimately, you have the freedom to heed the Spirit’s instruction. We encourage everyone to pray through this decision and seek what he may be telling you to give up for his sake during this time.
For a more complete list of acceptable foods please click here