Thursday, February 28, 2008

Patricia's Baked Sliced Potatoes

Instructions:
  • slice the potatoes with skin still on them
  • place them in a bowl
  • add EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)
  • pepper
  • mrs. dash or whatever herbs and spices you would like
  • spread the potatoes on a baking sheet
  • place in the oven on about 350 degrees
  • bake until desired tenderness
  • stir occasionally
  • remove and enjoy with your favorite veggie or a veggie burger

God Bless You

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Great Deal of Back Pain

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My wife and I are on the Daniel's Fast for three days now. I am doing great, but my wife is have a great deal of pain from her lower back all the way through her legs (both sides). Is this a normal side effect?
Alvin
Thanks for your e-mail Alvin.

We're sorry to hear of that your wife isn't well. We've never heard of back or leg pain as a side effect of the Daniel Fast Diet. It would be best to contact your medical professional/doctor. Let them know that you are on the 3rd day of a vegan diet. If there is a connection, please let us know!

Hope this is helpful.

Let's pray: Heavenly Father, we thank You for the faith You're giving Alvin and his wife to trust in You to do the Daniel Fast. We pray that you would heal his wife and remove the cause of her pain. In Jesus holy name we pray. Amen

Update on Sat, 1 Mar 2008
Thank you so much for your prayers...my wife is feeling better. Based on what I was told from other sources, my wife is experiencing some detox effects from caffeine, sugar, and other chemicals. The symptom is considering quite normal and should disappear within a week. Hope this information is helpful to other people who are having the similar problem.

God Bless,

Alvin
Thanks for your follow-up Alvin. We're all glad to hear your wife is feeling better. Your wife's detox side effects of Daniel's Fast Diet re-enforce how dangerous these chemicals can be for some of us.

Take care and happy Daniel Fasting!
Mike

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

No Such Thing as a Daniel Fast

There is no such thing as a Daniel fast.
James
Thanks for your very short but important e-mail James!

People have at least two reasons to say there is no such thing as a Daniel Fast.

Many people, myself included at one point in my life, don't know that there is a second definition of the word fasting. Merriam Webster's Dictionary says the following about "fasting":

Main Entry: fast
Function: intransitive verb
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English fæstan
Date: before 12th century
  1. to abstain from food
  2. to eat sparingly or abstain from some foods
So we use the 2nd sense of the word fasting. In the Daniel Fast Diet, we are abstaining from many foods, but not all foods.

The second reason I know of why people say there is no such thing as a Daniel Fast, is because the word "fast" is not used in the English text of the book of Daniel.

The issue here is that we are describing Daniel's choice to abstain from certain foods using the word "fast".

We include the word "diet" at our website. So you would likely agree that there is such a thing as a Daniel Diet, even if you didn't know that in English, fasting can mean to abstain from food, or to eat sparingly, or abstain from some foods.

Does this help you James? Did I answer your concern about calling Daniel's Diet a Fast?

Here is a very important Scripture about fasting. I find it very convicting. God gives us yet a third definition of fasting.
Isa 58:3 But they also complain, 'Why do we fast and you don't look our way? Why do we humble ourselves and you don't even notice?' "Well, here's why: "The bottom line on your 'fast days' is profit. You drive your employees much too hard.
Isa 58:4 You fast, but at the same time you bicker and fight. You fast, but you swing a mean fist. The kind of fasting you do won't get your prayers off the ground.
Isa 58:5 Do you think this is the kind of fast day I'm after: a day to show off humility? To put on a pious long face and parade around solemnly in black? Do you call that fasting, a fast day that I, GOD, would like?
Isa 58:6 "This is the kind of fast day I'm after: to break the chains of injustice, get rid of exploitation in the workplace, free the oppressed, cancel debts.
Isa 58:7 What I'm interested in seeing you do is: sharing your food with the hungry, inviting the homeless poor into your homes, putting clothes on the shivering ill-clad, being available to your own families.
Isa 58:8 Do this and the lights will turn on, and your lives will turn around at once. Your righteousness will pave your way. The GOD of glory will secure your passage.
Isa 58:9 Then when you pray, GOD will answer. You'll call out for help and I'll say, 'Here I am.' "If you get rid of unfair practices, quit blaming victims, quit gossiping about other people's sins,
Isa 58:10 If you are generous with the hungry and start giving yourselves to the down-and-out, Your lives will begin to glow in the darkness, your shadowed lives will be bathed in sunlight.
Quoted from The Message Bible
Isn't that a powerful passage?!

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Can I Drink Flavored Water?

I just came off of a 4 day Daniel Fast and I have decided to continue to fast 1 day a week. I drink a lot of flavored water, can I drink this on my 1 day fast.
Charlotte


Good to hear from you Charlotte. God bless you as you creatively practice the Daniel Fast Diet.

Read the label. If they contain artificial sweeteners, sugar or high fructose corn syrup, you should avoid them. In addition, you may decide to avoid them to make your one day fast more of a sacrifice. Then when you desire the foods that you are avoiding, like flavored water, use that as a reminder to pray about the specific reason you are fasting. We prefer to drink lots of filtered water during the Daniel Fast.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Fry Potatoes in Olive Oil?

Hello... great site here... me and my mother are doing a daniel fast... we are going a bit longer than a month... i was wondering... is it okay to eat fried foods?... I'm not doing this as a diet... im doing this as spiritual war kinda... ^_^ but i ate a potatoe today and i fried it in olive oil... I was just wondering if thats okay... my mom said we shouldnt fry anything, but I've prayed about it and im not sure i have a problem with it. What do you think?
Stephanie
Good to hear from you Stephanie. Thanks for your kind words. May God bless your Daniel Fast with much spiritual fruit.

We prefer extra virgin olive oil and Colza. Canola and other healthy non-animal fats are OK in moderation. Use as little oil as possible. French fries have too much oil. Spray some Pam or Colza oil on your fries and bake them. We use olive oil in the place of butter. Add a little salt if you like salted butter. Don't use olive oil for frying, it cannot handle the heat.

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One of My Addictions is Food

Doing this fast is a paradox for me because one of my addictions is food and I have almost always cheated and am not proud of it. I find myself not wanted to make vows to God because of what Solomons warns us in Eccles. about making a vow and not keeping it. I know that this is a form of bondage. A friend of mine has invited a few of us to joint her on this fast. Our church recently closed and it was our spiritual and emotional hospital and we have been jolted by this event spiritually. We mutually believe God to return to His will for our lives and for direction with whom we should fellowship.
Lalea
Thanks for your note Lalea. We can all identify with your addiction to food. We can't live without it either. Unfortunately, we all eat food that we shouldn't from time to time. The Daniel Fast Diet helps us to take a closer look at what we ingest. Remember, your Daniel Diet is like any other part of your life. When you blow it, you need to confess your sin and get right back on the Daniel Diet. Don't accept the temptation to quit the Fast altogether. That could be the greatest spiritual breakthrough that you can learn from Daniel's Fast Diet. Doing the fast with a friend will give you good accountability.

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Like a Ton of Bricks: Daniel Fast

Good Evening Farho's,

I first want to thank you for creating such an easy to read web site that is so inviting. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Moments ago, I was on my face, hands and knees, crying out to God in prayer for the healthy recovery of one of my best friends. Exactly one week ago, he was involved in a very bad car accident that has left him unconscious though responsive, in ICU. I was praising God for the blessings he has heaped on me and my family, and asking for God's blessing over my friend and his family, as well as his salvation. That's when the thought hit me like a ton of bricks: Daniel Fast.

Is it acting in faith, in accordance with God, to do a Daniel fast for a friends recovery and salvation? An urgent reply is greatly appreciated.
Caroline
Thank you for your encouragement Caroline.

Fasting with an attitude of love and to God's glory, is always in accordance with His will. We strongly encourage you to do the Daniel Fast and to pray for the healing of your friend. Let your life overflow with thanks to God for the healing, even before it happens. Unfortunately, our timing isn't always God's timing. Even Daniel prayed long and hard for 21 days for God to move His hand, but the spiritual battle took time and the answer was slow to come. Daniel 10:13 At other times, God answers immediately.
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Garbonzo Stir-Fry Recipe

This garbanzo bean and veggie stir-fry is great because you can add as many or as few ingredients as you like.
  • Prep Time: approx. 15 min.
  • Cook Time: approx. 30 min.
  • Ready in: approx. 45 min.
  • Yields 4 servings
Ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans,
  • drained and rinsed
  • 1 large zucchini, halved and sliced
  • ½ cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tomato, chopped
Directions:
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in oregano, basil, garlic, and pepper. Add the garbanzo beans and zucchini, stirring well to coat with oil and herbs. Cook, covered, for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in mushrooms and cilantro, and cook until tender, stirring occasionally. Place the chopped tomato on top of the mixture. Cover, and let the tomatoes steam for a few minutes, but don't let them get mushy. Serve immediately.

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Monday, February 25, 2008

What types of soups can be eaten?

I have been on my first Daniel Fast and it has been an exciting experience. I have one little question. What types of soups, if possible, can be eaten? I was just curious. Thank you!!
Annette
Thanks for your e-mail Annette.

Soups are a great food for the Daniel Fast. There are some soup recipes listed here at our website. check out.
http://www.Farho.net/daniel-fast-recipes
http://www.christ-web.com/daniel-fast/labels/recipes

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Sunday, February 24, 2008

Make fasting a lifestyle!

The Daniel Fast is an idea way to make fasting a lifestyle! It is a healthy diet of foods that are healthy and tasty. Many people find the Daniel Diet/Vegan Diet to be a source of healing both physically and spiritually as well as emotionally. Fasting as a lifestyle is seeking comfort from God rather than from food.

When you make fasting a lifestyle, you live your life as an instrument in the hands of God. Fasting as a lifestyle is more than what you put in your mouth, it is what you do with your life.

Fasting as a lifestyle can mean denying yourself of negative influences in your life. Maybe you need to deny yourself access to the Internet or television after 7 PM. Then use the hours you gain to enjoy fun times with your friends and family.

What are your ideas for Fasting as a lifestyle? Send us your feedback!

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Saturday, February 23, 2008

I have ceoliac disease

Hi I have ceoliac disease and wonder if you could recommend a fast for me. Mary
Thanks for your e-mail Mary.

Sorry, I don't know too much about ceoliac disease. I read that people with Coeliac Disease can't tolerate gluten. Gluten is found in wheat, flour, rye, barley and many oats.

You should have a list of foods to avoid from your doctor. If you want to do a Daniel Fast, you could simply add your list of foods to avoid to the Daniel Fast list of foods to avoid. Be sure to discuss this idea with your doctor, before beginning the Daniel Fast, or any other fast. Most doctors recognize the Daniel Fast as a Vegan Diet.

Some other fasts to consider: A short term total fast or juice fast may be an easy way for you to fast. You might like to try a three day apple fast. Be sure to chew your apples well, or peal them. You might want to purchase or borrow a copy of Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough by Elmer L. Towns. It explains nine Biblical fasts.

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Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Low blood pressure coupled with anemia

I would also like to thank God for healing me. You might recall that last week I had commenced on the Daniel fast that was to last for 10 days. I felt that all was going well but towards the 2nd day of my fast, I started feeling sick, eventually after 3 days I had to stop as it was having an impact on my body and I got quite sick. I have low blood pressure coupled with anemia and during my fast I might not have been eating enough to sustain my body.

I thank and praise God for making me well and I thank all of you for praying with me. Today is my first day back at work and I will continue my walk of faith and continue growing spiritually and praying with you.

May God bless you.
Good to hear from you! So sorry to hear you had trouble with your Daniel Fast. I will add your comments to our blog without your name, so others who have the same issues will be careful. You did the right thing to stop your fast. Thank you for being on our prayer team.


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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Thanks and Veggie Burgers

Hi, many thanks....guess I was reading too fast and missed it. BUT I am glad I did email you cuz I just learned that the veggie burger is ok to eat. Wow, did not know that. Many thanks for a wonderful site.

Smiles
Anne


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Substitute for ice cream?

Thank you so much for your support. I have one last question....is their any substitute for ice cream? LaQuenda
You're making me hungry LaQuenda! I have to admit that my first thought to your question is when you want ice cream to go for a walk, bike ride or some other form of exercise you enjoy. On the other hand, if you want to make some non-dairy ice cream, you can probably make a delicious frozen fruit smoothie. Freeze your favorite fruits (papaya, orange, strawberries, etc.), then liquefy them in your blender.

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Mint, A Healing Herb

Mint and sweet-scented plants are mentioned in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke in the passages where Jesus scolded the Pharisees for gladly giving a tenth of their garden herb harvest to God while failing to honor Him in far more important matters. The Jewish people enjoyed mint with their spring Passover feasts and placed mint on the floors of their synagogues. Lamb with mint, of course, is the star attraction on many tables during the Passover and Easter holidays. Some species of mint are used to treat Alzheimer's disease and to flavor candies, gum, toothpaste, and liqueurs. They are also used as digestive aids. Peppermint oil is antiallergenic and is used in aromatherapy to stimulate brain activity.

Source: Rex Russell, What the Bible Says About Healthy Living (Regal Books, 1996)

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Monday, February 18, 2008

Nancy's Black Bean Soup

BLACK BEAN SOUP
1 can black beans
1 can vegetable broth
1/2 c brown rice
1/4-1/2 c chopped onion
1/2 c water
Cook on medium heat until rice is done.

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Nancy's Garden Casserole

GARDEN CASSEROLE
2 c cooked brown rice (1/2 c raw)
1/4 c frech chopped parsley
2T soy sauce
2 c broccoli
3/4 c carrots (julienne strips)
1 diced zucchini
1 c fresh green beans
1 jar spaghetti sauce without sugar

Steam vegtables and combine with other ingredients. Bake 30 min.at 350 F

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Using Oils in a Daniel Fast Diet

I read somewhere that you could have oils, like vegetable oil, virgin olive oil, what about cannola oil? Also, Is it wrong to slice up fresh potatoes and chop fresh onions and saute them altogether in a skillet? Or would this be considered "fried foods". I asked one of my pastors and he said he felt like the reference to 'fried foods' was like things with batter that are deep fried. Please help me. Thank you. Ava

Thanks for your e-mail Ava.

Our first advice is to do the Daniel fast following the advice of your local church leaders. Many churches have specific rules for their congregations. We agree with your pastor about battered fried foods. In addition, since eggs are avoided by most of us, you can't make most batters since they include eggs.

Concerning oils, we prefer extra virgin olive oil and Colza. Canola and other healthy non-animal fats are OK in moderation. Use as little oil as possible. French fries have too much oil. Spray some Pam or Colza oil on your fries and bake them. We use olive oil in the place of butter. Add a little salt if you like salted butter. Don't use olive oil for frying, it cannot handle the heat.

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Friday, February 15, 2008

Are mushrooms ok on the Daniel Fast?

Hi, Are mushrooms ok on the Daniel Fast?

Thank you for this wonderful website and all
the really good information.

Anne
Thank you for your encouraging email Ann.

Yes, mushrooms are great to eat in your Daniel Fast Diet. They are listed on the Foods to eat page as vegetables. So you can fry some up with some onions in a little extra virgin olive oil and put them on your veggie burgers between your whole grain hamburger buns. You're making me hungry! Guess I better go eat my morning snack?

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Fresh spinach is a nutritional powerhouse

I don't know we don't spell it spinich, that's how I say it! I can't believe I'm admitting this, but one of my favorite foods is frozen spinach. Sue and I eat it every day at lunch time. What ever we're eating, we spoon some chopped spinach on top. So follow our advice, add some spinach to your Daniel Diet! Check out this information about spinich/spinach from RealAge.com.

Fresh spinach is a nutritional powerhouse, but don't let it linger in the fridge.

The best way to use your leafy greens is during the first 4 days after purchase. After that, the antioxidant and folate levels of spinach plummet, turning it into a wimpier green.

Spinach on Ice
Even at the coldest refrigerator temperatures, researchers found that after 4 days, folate levels in a bag of fresh spinach dropped big time, and the loss escalated with each passing day. Colder temps were better for holding onto carotenoids. (Besides folate, learn what else is packed into those dark-green leaves.)

The Power of Fresh
Buying local spinach (at a farmers market or co-op store) may deliver the most nutrients to your table. Grocery-store fresh is a good second choice. Can't plan ahead? Then grab some frozen spinach. Spinach that's frozen and packaged soon after harvesting retains much of its nutritional value.
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Thursday, February 14, 2008

Daniel Fast Diet Menus?

My actual question was in regards to daily nutritional requirements. Would it be possible for you to outline what a day (food wise) in the life of a person on the Daniel Fast should look like? I know that if I eat just fruit and veggies all day long, my sugar levels would be sky high. So, to bring proper balance of nutrition, legumes, whole grains (making complete protiens), fruits, veggies, and seeds are critical in this type of fast. I am not sure how many servings of each in a day I should have. I personally do not have any kind of health problems that would require alterations to the fast, I just want to do it right in the eyes of my Father... Thank you so much for taking the time to consider answering my question.. Also, is fresh ground pepper acceptable? Candace
Thanks for your questions Candice. You (and other readers) are probably more of an expert in nutrition than I am! Please send us your Daniel Fast Diet menu ideas!

Yes, you need a variety of fruit, vegetables, legumes, etc. in your diet. I do that by eating about every three hours.

Examples:
  • Breakfast: oatmeal cooked with some raisins in microwave with citrus fruit, i.e. orange or grapefruit
  • Morning snack: small banana with my awesome peanut butter mix
  • Lunch: one of the great recipes at our recipe page
  • Afternoon snack: apple with almonds and/or other nuts
  • Snack-like supper: open face whole grain bread with natural peanut butter
  • Evening snack: small banana or apple with my awesome peanut butter mix
Spices, including pepper, are allowed. Avoid animal based spices like chicken or beef bullion.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

What if you have mild hypoglycemia?

What if you have mild hypoglysemia, can you still fast 21 days, and how do you go about doing this? Tricia.
Thanks for your e-mail Tricia.

You should call your doctor's office and let them know you are considering a short term Vegan diet. Ask their advice.

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Sauerkraut and Mashed Potatoes

I have some family that may be fixing saurkraut and mash potatoes with pork. I know not to have pork but how about saurkraut (which is cabbage) and mash potatoes (or should I have them give me a potatoe before mashed) Thank you very much. Tammy

Thanks for your questions Tammy.

Sauerkraut is a complicated issue for some of us. It is only cabbage and salt. The issue for some will be that it is fermented, like wine, beer and whiskey. So you might want to avoid sauerkraut for that reason, however the alcohol is normally cooked out of it. Personally, I don't like the taste of fermented foods, so that is my excuse for avoiding them.

Mashed potatoes have milk and butter in them, so they should be avoided. You can eat potatoes many other ways, except perhaps as potato chips. If you want French (Freedom) fries, you can spray them with a little olive oil or other healthy oil and cook them in the oven.

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Olive oil and what to drink?

What to drink on a true fast and how can I use Olive oil. Olive oil was on the Dainel fast from the begining. I would like to be true to the fast. I need to know that I'm doing what God said to be a true Daniel Fast. Alva

Thanks for your e-mail Alva.

What we now do as a Daniel fast was created by Rev. Elmer Towns, in his book Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough. He followed the principles of Daniel's partial fast in Daniel chapter 1.

The Hebrew word translated in English as vegetables, means food planted for harvest. Olives are a fruit that is planted for harvest.

We prefer extra virgin olive oil and Colza. Canola and other healthy non-animal fats are OK in moderation. Use as little oil as possible. French fries have too much oil. Spray some Pam or olive oil on your fries and bake them. We use olive oil in the place of butter. Add a little salt if you like salted butter.

You can drink unsweetened fruit and vegetable juices, because they are made from fruit and vegetables that are planted for harvest. We avoid all processed foods, like white rice, white flour, white sugar, and artificial sweeteners. Water is the best thing you can drink.

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Salt, spices, fructose, organic tea, oats, questions

Thanks for your questions Amanda.

>What kind of salty spices are we allowed to use. I saw you mentioned salt - any kind of salt?

No problem with any salt or spices. Avoid sugar and animal product based products. It is advised to avoid artificial sweeteners. Butter is an animal product and should be avoided. We encourage people to replace butter with high quality extra virgin olive oil.

Molasses, raw sugar, raw honey, Stevia, and Maple syrup are possible sweeteners. http://www.stevia.net/ has more information about Stevia, a natural herb. Stevia might be cheaper at Amazon.com - http://tinyurl.com/2sc847 They also have raw honey - http://tinyurl.com/2pyras

>Is fruit suger (fructose) allowed?

Raw sweeteners are OK, processed glucose, fructose etc are not allowed.

>I am drinking organic teas - will that be okay?

Organic is not required. Many teas are very good for you. You should avoid teas with caffeine.

>How do we eat your oats?

I eat my oats raw, mixed into my natural peanut butter and eat on cold bananas or whole grain bread. Sue adds water and a few raisins to her oatmeal and microwaves it.

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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Daniel Fast Recipes

There are many sources for Daniel Fast Recipes. We have some good Daniel Fast Recipes here at our website. Check out our Daniel Fast Recipes sent to us by our fasting friends. We'd be thrilled to add your favorite recipes too. Send us your Daniel Recipes.

We highly recommend The Daniel's Fast Cookbook. It is available for order today at Amazon.com. It should start shipping in March 2008. You can also find many good Daniel Diet recipes in Vegan cookbooks.

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What is the Daniel Fast?

Many ask, What is the "Daniel Fast"? A Daniel Fast or Daniel Diet is a modern application of Daniel's Fast in Daniel chapter 1. When you do Daniel's Diet or Fast, you are avoiding meats and unhealthy foods and eating healthy Vegan foods. Some refer to Daniels Fast as a health food diet. This version of Daniel's fast was created by Elmer Towns in his book Fasting for Spiritual breakthrough.

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How long can you do a Daniel Fast?

How long can you do the Daniel Diet?

You can do the Daniel Fast for 10 days, 21 days, or 40 days. Many do the Daniel Diet for a lifetime. Even Non-Christians have found Daniel's Vegan diet to be a source of healing for a long duration.

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Bill Bright Juice Fasting

Greetings in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. I just started the Daniel fast today with grape juice, I wonder is it still a fast if I do juice and water for 21 days added with prayer and speaking the word of God over my life and the life of others? I am so grateful that I found this wonderful website. Thank you so much.
Yvette

Thanks for your e-mail Yvette. The Daniel Fast is a partial fast. You can eat all the foods in the food to eat list, but you must try not to eat those in the foods to avoid list.

If you decide to consume only juice and water for 21 days, you can do that too. Bill Bright called that Juice Fasting.
"I personally recommend and practice water and juice fasting, especially if you are going to fast for an extended period of time. This type of fast will provide you with more energy than absolute or water-only fasts and still lead you into the humbling experience of denying your desire for solid food that you can chew." Rev. Bill Bright Read more at Bill Bright's Fasting Website
I have done juice fasting. It is a wonderful way to focus your thoughts on the Lord for an extended fast. You definitely won't waste a lot of time cooking! The Daniel Fast is very cooking intensive, since we are avoiding processed foods.

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Thanks,
Mike

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Whole Grains in the Daniel Diet

Have I misunderstood your recommendation that it is OK to eat 3 cups of uncooked then cooked) oatmeal per day in the beginning of the Daniel Diet?
Thank you!
Cherry

Hi Cherry,
I'm not sure where you read about 3 cups of oatmeal. Oatmeal is allowed in the Daniel Diet, along with all other whole grains. You can eat as much of whole grain products raw or cooked as you desire.

Whole grain products are allowed and can be identified by the ingredient list. Typically if the ingredient lists "whole wheat", "rolled oats", or "whole corn" as the first ingredient, the product is a whole grain food item. Another way to identify whole grains in the foods you eat is to look in the nutritional facts information and check if the food item contains dietary fiber. If it contains a significant amount, it most likely contains whole grains. "Wheat flour" is not a whole grain and therefore does not indicate a whole grain product. Many breads are colored brown (often with molasses) and made to look like whole grain, but are not. Additionally, some food manufacturers make foods with whole grain ingredients, but because whole grain ingredients are not the dominant ingredient, they are not whole grain products.

Whole grains are often more expensive than refined grains, because their higher oil content is susceptible to rancidification, complicating processing, storage, and transport.

From AACC (American Association of Cereal Chemist) definition: "Whole grains shall consist of the intact, ground, cracked or flaked caryopsis, whose principal anatomical components - the starchy endosperm, germ and bran - are present in the same relative proportions as they exist in the intact caryopsis. Source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whole_grains

We are sure our foods are made with whole grain, because we grind our grain ourselves.

You can make your own pasta or noodles out of whole grains with a pasta machine.

Thanks,
Mike

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Duration of Effective Daniel Fast Diet?

Please help me pray to get the job that I have applied for as a Chief Executive officer. I truly believe that this is the job that God has set aside for me for I can do all things through Christ Jesus that strengthens me Phil:4:13

I greet you all in the wonderful name of Jesus. I fasted last week for 5 days where I deprived myself food from morning and broke my fasts at 6pm in the evening. I am now interested in the Daniel fast but was wondering how long I would have to do it for it to be effective. How can I strengthen my fast for me to strengthen my relationship with God and for me to get the results that I am looking for?

God Bless you

Dear Friend,
Some people do the Daniel Fast for 10, 21, or 40 days and others for a lifetime. It will be effective, whether you see the results you desire or not. God is faithful! Even if we don't like His response to our prayer and fasting, it is the best thing for us. Trust in Christ alone for salvation and try your first Daniel Fast! You'll be glad you did.

Sincerely,
Mike

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Blessed in more ways than one

Thank you for responding to my question. I am practically a vegan due to a major change in my health.

I have acid reflux (6 years) and after trying every medication on the market known to man I decided to go all natural. I am blessed in more ways than one, I am a 20 year breast cancer survivor, and I do not take my blessings for granted. When I changed my diet, due to the reflux, my body felt very healthy and clean. The additives, fats and anything with a face have to be eradicated from my life.

I grow my own veggies and buy organic or farmers grown fruit and veggies. The water, fresh fruit juices (I juice myself) and fruit and soy smoothies are the only liquids I have.

Yes, I must admit that the Daniel fast has made me aware of some of the ingredients in some of the so called healthy foods I digest every day.

However, to make a long story short I would love to join your prayer club. Some of the time I get so caught up in my everyday life that I forget to stop and pray.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

P.S. Don't worry about me jumping back in to my old style because I can't eat the way I used to. Hey, I don't miss it anymore like I use to. I forgot to mention that my faithful husband of 21 years is also on the fast with me.

Sincerely,
Amanda and Jeff

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Survive Valentine's Day without chocolate!?

Starting my third week on the Daniel Fast tomorrow! Praise God!

How am I going to survive Valentine's Day without chocolate!?!?! :)

Thanks for all your help. This site is amazing!

God Bless You
Rebecca

Thanks Rebecca. We appreciate your encouragement. Yes, Valentine's day is a sacrifice! Mike

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Sunday, February 10, 2008

My daniels diet went well

Dear: Mike Farho and family
I pray that you and your family are doing well. Your emails always touch me, and i will always pray for you, your family and that God will further bless and grow you and your ministry. My daniels diet went well, i prayed and decieded to eat in small portions and add more fruits and vegetables and drink nothing but water i hope that was close to daniels diet. Thank you for your website it really helped and to email you with questions also helped a lot. Sarah

Thanks so much Sarah. We're grateful that the Daniel Fast has meant so much to you. It sounds like you did a great job. Thanks for writing and encouraging others to do the Daniel fast diet. Mike

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The Daniel's Fast Cookbook

The Daniel's Fast Cookbook
"Hallelujah!! The First Daniel Fast Cookbook
We've been searching for this cookbook since 2003. What encourages us most about Grace and Lynda's Daniel's Fast Cookbook is that it is endorsed by Elmer L. Towns, who created the Daniel Fast for Spiritual Breakthrough in his book Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough."

"I believe in Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough, this is a discipline that God has given to the church for renewal, revival, and worship of the Lord. I am so glad that Grace Bass and Lynda Anderson have written this cookbook on The Daniel Fast. I pray that God will use it in the lives of many people." Elmer L. Towns Co-Founder, Liberty University, Dean, School of Religion, Lynchburg, Virginia

Their cookbook contains more than 100 healthy, tasty and easy to prepare Daniel's Diet recipes. It also includes helpful nutritional information, practical advice for fasting as a church, list of restaurants that have foods we can enjoy on their menu, list of recommended stores we can trust and products we can enjoy. Grace and Lynda also included a section about food options depending on our own personal spiritual convictions. This is an excellent cookbook for Christians considering a Vegan Diet. Thank you Grace and Lynda!

Amazon.com says it will be available in 4-7 weeks. It would be a good idea to pre-order. There will be a huge demand for this cookbook.

Order The Daniel's Fast Cookbook now and/or read more about it.

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Friday, February 8, 2008

Seek a better spiritual relationship with God

Praise the Lord,
Just wanted you all to know that Daniel's Fast web-site is very informal. The Daniel Fast is much more clearer to me. Your web-site indeed has great information to help along the way for those that is not clear about what to do or eat during a Daniel's Fast. Thank you for your time and dedication to place this web-site for others that seek for a more and better spiritual relationship with God. Marion

Thank you Marion.
We're glad to help you and others. We are really thrilled with the great prayer partners who join our team because of our Daniel Diet web site.

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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Great breakfast and brown rice dinner by Karen

Great breakfast dish
Chunks of apples, with walnuts and raisins

Brown Rice Dinner
Brown rice with a dash of pimentoes topped with sundried tomatoes and steamed mixed veggies (yummie!)

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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Read the Bible and Pray

My question is, while on the Daniel Fast, how often do you have to read the Bible and pray? We have our chores we do during the day. Thank you for this information. Buck

Dear Buck,
Try to set a regular time to read the Word, whether it be ten minutes or an hour. I listen to an Audio Bible on my mp3 player while I exercise in the morning.

My goal for prayer, whether doing the Daniel Fast Diet or not, is to pray without ceasing. That has many manifestations. Some times it is doing my chores to the best of my ability to the glory of God. Other times it means praying with my eyes open for people and things I see as I go through the day. Sue and I use the ACTS prayer method every night before bed. Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication. Pray for 3-10 minutes each category. Mike

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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Chewing gum while fasting?

I know this may sound like a really crazy question, but what is your opinion of chewing gum while you are fasting? I don't want to break my fast over something so silly but it does help. Rebekah

Dear Rebekah
Interesting question Rebekah! That is definitely the first time we've had it. Well the problem is that gum either has sugar or artificial sweeteners. Both are not allowed in the Daniel Fast. Maybe you can find some gum made with approved sweeteners.

On the other hand, I'd like to say that the tiny amount of artificial sweetener in sugarless chewing gum should not be a problem. If it was, then you'd have to stop using toothpaste as well. We don't want to become Pharisees, splitting hairs over little items.

If you do blow it and eat something you shouldn't have, just get right back to the fast. Don't let it cause you to feel that you broke your fast and have to stop. Mike

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Monday, February 4, 2008

Farho.net Daniel Fast Diet website blessed me!

Hi I just wanted to take a moment to say that this website is very informative
and has blessed me! My friend and I are partnering in doing the Daniel fast
together. Patty

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Praying for you during my fast

I have been encouraged by your website. I am going thru a very difficult time
financially. I realize this is small compared to what you face as a family
everyday. I will be praying for you during my fast. That God will give you
favor, strength and greater anointing to do his work. Please stay strong in the
lord and the power of his might.
God Bless,
Annette

Dear Annette,
May our Lord Jesus Christ bless you with a wonderful financial breakthrough. May He supply all your needs through His miraculous power. Amen

We'd love for you to join our prayer team. We send out very short updates every Tuesday.

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Daniel Fast Diet Recipes

My church and pastor are doing a Daniel fast for 21 days and I was just looking on the internet for some recipes. Thank you and God bless you. Lourdes

Dear Lourdes,
We trust your visit to our Daniel Fast Diet pages was a blessing. Did you find our recipes? Mike

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Sunday, February 3, 2008

Stuff your face with cheeseburgers

What do you do when you have embarked on a 21 day fast to deal with sin in your life and after 7 days of doing awesome....you blow it! Fall into a sin and then feel guilty about it and then just throw your hands up and stuff your face with cheeseburgers and then wake up the next morning shaking your head. Do u keep on tryin to fast or is it pretty much over??? Christopher

Dear Christopher,
You're not the first person to blow it and you won't be the last. Spiritual maturity can be measured in many ways. The way I like the most is how quick you get back on your feet after you fall down. When a baby falls down, he finds something else to do on the ground. When an adult falls down, she gets back up real fast and brushes the dirt (sin) off her clothes! Our advice: continue your fast and see great spiritual breakthrough! Mike

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This Daniel Fast site is very educational

This site has been very educational. I thank you. This is the first time I am fasting. I have been learning how to eat over the past six months and I am getting much better, so I am ready to commit to sacrafice to the Lord. I am taking it to him in prayer on how far to go, a full fast or partial fast. I have had a few medical things, but I trust in his healing and will continue too. Regardless of the answer, I thank you for all the great information here. I had a lot of questions and all of them were answered already from previous questions. Again Thanks. Tara

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My first day on the Daniel fast

In an answer to prayer, I found your website shortly after midnight on 02/02/08. So here I am today. A few hours of sleep and well into my first day on the fast. I'm looking forward to seeing what God has for me. He is always so faithful when we trust in him completely. My question is, what is your opinion about sugar free, plain soy milk and tofu? Kim

Dear Kim,
Thanks for your encouraging e-mail Kim. We're glad you found us too!

Technically, soy products are OK. However, there is still great debate about the health effects of these products. Google "soy thyroid".

We don't take a stand on the issue at our Daniel's Fast Diet website, but we don't eat soy products in our home.

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Friday, February 1, 2008

OK to continue more than 21 days?

I began the Daniel Fast on Jan 2. I'm at my 30 day mark. Is it ok to continue more than the 21 days you speak about? Are there any physical difficulties with continuing past 21 days, or even spiritual difficulties? Darla

Dear Darla,
My wife and I like to do the Daniel Fast Diet for the 40 days of Lent. We work among Catholics and Muslims, so it is important that we identify with them through the Lenten Fast.

As we've researched the Daniel Fast Diet (Vegan Diet) and related nutritional issues, we've found some issues that you should be aware of; the Vegan Diet is low in Omega 3, calcium, vitamin B12 and iron. So it might be wise to take supplements that include Omega 3, calcium, vitamin B12 and iron. Short term these deficiencies aren't much of a problem. Long term, they could be serious. Please research the Vegan Diet further for yourself. Mike

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Avoid sex, coffee and tea?

I am starting the Daniel Fast today and I am wondering, can I drink Coffee and tea as long as it is decafe and without sugar or cream? Should sexual activity be avoided during a fast? I think it says something to that nature in the bible. I'm not sure if it says it should be agreed on or to just not do it. Andrew

Dear Andrew,
Yes, decaf coffee and teas without caffeine are OK.

Sexual abstinence is not a requirement of Daniel's Fast diet. If you and your spouse both agree that it would be good for you, then you can abstain from sex during your fast.

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Fasting for 21 days

I would just like to say that I was surprised that the three weeks of fasting that Daniel did, ref. Daniel 10:2-3 has not been mentioned, but I do love your question and answer section. I am fasting for spiritual growth, and I know I will receive it when I humble myself before him. But this is the reason so many choose 21 days. thanks for your time and the wonderful informative site!

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