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, January 12, 2010

Marcy's cinnamon tea

My church family and I are starting the Daniel fast and I wanted to share some options we are using.
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Instead of coffee or tea, we are using cinnamon tea. You can find the sticks at any grocer or health food store. Boil till reddish and keep adding water each time you run out till no red is in the water. I usually drink cinnamon tea for a whole week before I use new sticks. Great Detoxer. I also use Orange or Lemon tree leaves. Boil for 20 min. and drink with honey. Also, we like spearmint leaf tea. Also found in health food stores, or you can grow your own. Very hearty growers. Boil and drink with honey.

All of these Teas can be had either hot or cold on ice.

Thank you Marcy!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Roshanda's Preparation for Daniel Fast

Thank you for the invitation to share encouragement with others who will partake of this very special and personal communion with God. I discovered that during the fast that I needed to remember the purpose, the goal for embarking on the journey, believe me it was a journey for me. I enjoy carbohydrates and coffee, and tea. I would suggest one stops drinking these types of beverages (caffeinated) a few days if not weeks before the fast.

Since I am the home-maker, wife, mother, in a "peaceful home" of different levels of commitment, I needed a constant reminder of "why" the Daniel Fast was, is necessary for my spiritual awakening. I prepare the meals for this household, and my diet was frowned upon, yet preparing food for my family presented a constant temptation.

So I guess you have gathered that my main focus was on the purpose, I know God does not need me to fast, He reminded Daniel that he was heard from the beginning of his supplication, - I need to fast so I remember that God hears me, I need to fast so I am humbled and able to hear God in the midst of daily life. To whom ever reads this, I pray that above all you find strength in Jesus Christ as you pursue the most valuable relationship ever presented to man.

Much love in His name, Jesus Christ,
Roshanda
Thank you for your excellent advice Roshanda!

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Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Avoiding tea, salt and raw sugar

Greeting in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I am very suprised to see that a few of the recipes on your site have ingredidients that are not in complient with the daniel fast ie. The Daniel Fast did not have any types of sugar. No not even raw sugar. and I was also suprised to see salt and seasoning salt? A fast is not supposed to be pleasurable. It is to afflict our flesh and soul. Last but not least yes teas are herbs but they have caffeine in them and should not be used to replace another flesh driven habit. (coffee and sodas) I pray that the info benefits someone and can be passed on to others who truly desire to fast the way the scripture says to.

May God Bless You All
Cheryl
Thank you for sharing you opinion Cheryl. I'm sure there are many who feel the same as you do. Obviously, I don't agree with your interpretation of Daniel chapter one concerning the  reason for Daniel's Fast/Diet or the foods Daniel allowed and avoided.

However, Cheryl, we affirm and encourage your personal application of the Daniel Fast/Diet. You have the freedom to apply Daniel's Fast according to the grace God gives you through the leading of His Holy Spirit. We also affirm the authority of individuals, groups or churches to do the Daniel Diet/Fast according to their own guidelines. If you are a member of a group or church that requires no salt or raw sugar, then we encourage you to submit to that restriction.

Concerning tea, we encourage only drinking teas without caffeine, in keeping with Elmer Towns' version of the Daniel Fast/Diet in his book Fasting For Spiritual Breakthrough.

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Sunday, April 6, 2008

How to prepare mentally, physically, spiritually

How do I begin to prepare myself mentally and physically before I begin the Daniel Diet?
Thank You,
Hazel

It would be good to begin your mental and spiritual preparation by studying fasting in the Scripture. Elmer Towns' book, Fasting for Spiritual Breakthrough, is a great place to start.

Your physical preparation will make your fast go a lot easier. Most of us don't know how our diet affects us in so many ways. The most common "negative side-effect" of the Daniel Fast Diet is the withdrawals we experience from caffeine. The headaches are terrible. You will also experience fatigue. Cutting processed sugar from your diet could cause some negative side-effects. If you start weaning yourself from sugar and caffeine from coffee and tea ahead of time, you'll experience less of the negative side effects.

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Friday, March 7, 2008

White Flour and Fruit Juices

Hello....

I appreciate your taking the time to answer my questions.

I want to understand why white flour products are not allowable...ie bread,
pasta..etc...

Also, is 100% fruit juice allowable?

Can you give me an understanding about that?

Thanks so much...and be blessed
Ramona


Rev. Elmer Towns is the author of the Fasting For Spiritual Breakthrough Daniel Fast Diet. His idea here is to avoid animal products and processed foods. It is a partial fast with a lot of healthy food to eat. It is very much like a Vegan diet.

The three hardest things for most people to give up are meats, breads and favorite drinks. For me the hardest thing is coffee, because the headache is terrible from the lack of caffeine. Rev. Towns advises us to follow his fast for spiritual breakthrough and give up these few processed/party foods. We are to focus on communion with God when we desire the foods from which we are abstaining.

There are a lot of whole grain foods and breads you can enjoy. So you don't have to go without breads. Read more about whole grains.

Yes, all unsweetened juices are allowed in the foods to eat list.

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Friday, February 1, 2008

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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