Sunday, February 28, 2010

Honour God with My Body

Trish shared,
"I went on the Daniel Fast only eating fruit and vegies for 21 days. During that Fast I realised I wanted to honour God with my body weight. I have made serious changes to my diet. Walk 4-5 days a week. Spend time with Him in the Word and Prayer daily. It means being really serious about a relationship with Him, and wow what benefits!!! Praise Him!!"

Thank you for sharing your encouraging words Trish. Allow me to add a couple Scriptures from The Message version of the Bible that reinforce your point.

It is not for our own glory or vanity that we are careful what we eat. It is for the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31 MSG "So eat your meals heartily, not worrying about what others say about you--you're eating to God's glory, after all, not to please them. As a matter of fact, do everything that way, heartily and freely to God's glory."

Men and women alike need to take care of our bodies, for they are the temple of the Holy Spirit!
1 Corinthians 6:19 MSG "Or didn't you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don't you see that you can't live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you."
Therefore, we must take good care of our bodies. Many common diseases are easily prevented with good nutrition and exercise.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Melissa's yummy crepe pancake type breakfast bread

Invite us over when you are making a batch of these! I would top them with some natural peanut butter.
  • Take a banana put it in baggie and mush it. Add 1 T canola oil, mush it all together.
  • 1 c wheat flour. (I used freshly ground whole wheat pastry berries.)
  • 1/8 t sea salt
  • soy milk -add to desired consistency
  • Mix flour and salt, then add mushed banana mixture and enough soy milk to make it a pretty thin consistency. (Thinner than pancake batter)
  • Use oil in pan so it doesn't stick.
  • Cook over medium heat.
Thank you Melissa. Hope Sue will make these for us!

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Why 40 days instead of 21?

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Akhilah's question:
I am writing becuase a friend of mines is doing a 40 day Daniel fast at her church and I have decided to do it with her. The only thing is I don't understand why it is 40 days instead of 21, seing as how Daniel only fasted for 21 days. Also the church keeps making reference to when Jesus fasted for 40 days in the wilderness before being handed over to his enemys. Shouldn't this be called the Jesus fast instead of the Daniel fast? Why is the church fasting for so long and referencing it as a Daniel fast? I have been praying and trying to stay faithful to the fast but this part is a little confusing. I appreciate and thank u for your time.
Good question Akhilah! People have been doing the equivalent of the Daniel Fast for the Lenten season for over 1,000 years. Lent is the time of fasting in the liturgical churches, like Episcopalian, Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Anglican and others. The season is actually more than 40 days, but they do not normally fast on Sundays, in honor of the Resurrection of Jesus. So there are 40 days of fasting, plus Sundays when they don't fast.

There are two Daniel Fasts in the book of Daniel. Chapter 1 is about a ten day fast. Chapter 10 is about a 21 day fast. Some people may choose to do a three day fast or even a day time fast. It is good for beginners to try shorter durations for the first times they do a partial fast or total fast.

It is common for pastors to teach about the 40 day total fast of Jesus during this season, because it is the same number of days. However, we won't get handed over to Satan at the end! Rather, we will celebrate the victory we have over Satan, because of the humble and sinless death and powerful and victorious resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Ernice's Daniel Fast Healing

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A coworker came to work and announced that her church was going on a 21 day fast and it would consist of Fruit and Veggies and she challenged us to participate. I thought she must be losing her mind to think that I could survive for 21 days eating only fruit and veggies. Nevertheless, I did it. At first, my food tasted really bland because I wasn't using any seasonings and I wasn't creative with my menu. After we compared our menu's, they laughed at me and said I could use seasonings for my food and they offered some suggestions. I didn't want to lose cool points with the Lord and be less anointed if I broke any rules. Well, this turned out to be one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I've lost 30lbs, my blood pressure and cholesterol is normal and I've maintained for 2yrs! Ernice
Thank you for sharing your encouraging testimony!
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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Rose's Daniel fast preparation

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I'm starting the Daniel Fast tomorrow, for the first time. I have been getting myself ready for over a month.. I no longer drink regular coffee (only 1 mug of decaf in the mornings) , so when I start just drinking just water tomorrow, I will not have any withdrawel headaches. Plus, I bought a bunch of fruits and veggies today. I've eaten eggs for so long, that it' going to be strange to not start my day with one, but I'm confident that oatmeal and fresh fruit will help get me through my breakfast changes :D Rose

Great ideas Rose. Thanks for sharing.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Is Daniel Fast a Diet?

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Listen, the Daniel fast is not a diet. No fast is a diet. Careful... Joy
Thank you Joy, you raise an important question.

We use the term "diet" in the general sense meaning "the food you decide to eat." We never promote it as a weight loss diet, like the cabbage diet. In Daniel 1:15, Daniel and his friends were "fatter in flesh" after only ten days! :-)

Many more people write us to say it is not a fast, because you are allowed to eat food. They don't understand that there are partial fasts and total fasts. So we say Daniel Diet Fast to help these people understand that this is a partial fast.

However, most people do lose weight on the Daniel Fast Diet, because they are avoiding the junk foods that made them fat. If you remove only white sugar and high fructose corn syrup from your diet, you will consume hundreds fewer calories per day.

Every 100 calories you eat require one mile to walk off. An average soda is 180 calories. That means after a 12 oz. soda you need to walk an extra 1.8 miles. Very few people do, so they store the fat on their bodies.

We promote the Daniel Fast Diet as a partial fast for spiritual breakthrough. One blessing or spiritual breakthrough for many is self control. It results in weight loss, because of their rejection of junk foods on a permanent basis.

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Monday, February 15, 2010

Kathryn's First Daniel Fast

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This is the first time hearing about Daniel Fast Diet. I am going on this diet soon. I really need to hear from God. I pray all the time. I get up thinking about the Lord. He is my everything. I look forward to losing weight and getting some answers for my life. The Lord is my source of help for a good life. I always knew that veggies are better to eat for a more healter lifesytle. Thank you for posting this info. This info will help a lot of people in their journey, to get closer to God. So all the info you made available to us will help in so many ways.

We love the Daniel Fast Diet. It is great helping people achieve spiritual and physical breakthrough!
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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Brenda's Basil Spiked Tomato Soup

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Basil Spiked Tomato Soup for your Daniel Fast

  • Combine 1/2 of a large onion, diced and 4-6 cloves of garlic, minced; puree together in a food processor (amount of garlic depends on your personal preference).
  • Saute in 2 Tblsp olive oil for approximately 4 minutes;
  • add 3 Tblsp finely chopped fresh basil, or 2 Tblsp dried basil).
  • Saute another minute or 2 (do not brown).
  • Add 1 (6 oz) can tomato paste and cook another minute or so.
  • Add 4 cups water, 2 (15 oz each) cans of tomato sauce, 1 (28 oz) can of crushed tomatoes (or you can puree 28 oz of diced tomatoes if you like or leave them diced depending on how chunky you like your tomato soup), 1 tsp salt, 2 tsp freshly ground black pepper.
  • Cook until soup simmers.
  • Serve hot.

Thank you Brenda!

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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Drink only water?

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There is a recipe here that says to drink organic tea from lipton. I thought that only water was aloud during this fast? The scrpiture says only water.. i'm confused. Jannah

Sorry for the confusion. You are correct:
Daniel 1:12 I beg you, try your servants ten days. And let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink.
However, this is a Daniel Fast for today. We are following the Daniel Fast created by Rev. Elmer Towns, which was created by him to help Daniel Fast for Spiritual Breakthroughpeople today experience spiritual breakthrough. It is not focusing on an exact copy of Daniel's experience hundreds of years before Christ. Today, we are addicted to foods that are poisoning our bodies and destroying our health. Rev. Towns is encouraging us to remove these bad foods for a short term, to improve our spiritual and physical health.

If you desire to avoid more foods than Rev. Towns advises, that is OK. As we do the Daniel Fast, Lord Jesus, help us not to judge others who are doing it differently.
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Sunday, February 7, 2010

Raw or Cooked?

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I am doing the Daniel Fast for ten days. I would like to know if there is anything that specifically says whether or not you can cook vegetables or if you have to eat them raw. Julia
Good question Julia. There are good reasons to eat your food raw, but that is not a requirement of the Daniel Fast. Read more about raw food in the Hallelujah Diet Books. You may cook your Daniel Fast foods, if you so desire.
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Saturday, February 6, 2010

Julie's Hummus Wrap

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Small Whole grain Wrap/Pita
Spread with Organic Olive Oil and Black Olive Hummus (or any spicy hummus)
Spread thinly sliced cucumbers, green peppers and carrots.
Cover completely with raw spinach Roll into a "wrap" and enjoy with a side of sliced apples for a satisfying lunch. Julie
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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Food Addiction and Emotional Eating

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"I need deliverance from food addiction and emotional eating including anger/intolerance/control. My husband and I are separated, my children are in bondage and I am in debt. My ministry needs much help and support. Please pray for my grandchildren and my mother, brothers and sisters are having health problems. God bless. This is my first Daniel Fast." Name withheld
Dear Heavenly Father. So many of us are experiencing these same issues. Heal each one with Your mighty power. Give us self control from your Holy Spirit. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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Monday, February 1, 2010

Mona's Tasty Black Bean Soup

Mona's Tasty Black Bean Soup @
  • 1 lg. can of black beans
  • 1 green pepper/ 1 red pepper/1 onion
  • 1/2 cup fresh finely chopped carrots

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  • Choose your herbs to taste such as basil, parsley etc.
  • Combine all ingredients
  • Cook slowly on low flame for 30 mins or until tender. 
  • Cool and enjoy.
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