Saturday, January 16, 2010

Slow-Cooker Black Bean-Mushroom Chili Recipe


Slow-Cooker Black Bean-Mushroom Chili Recipe - ACE Healthy Recipes - American Council on Exercise

Black beans, earthy mushrooms and tangy tomatillos combine with a variety of spices and smoky chipotles to create a fantastic full-flavored chili. It can simmer in the slow cooker all day, which makes it perfect for a healthy supper when the end of your day is rushed.

This is a good recipe, but there are a few ingredients to leave off, when doing the Daniel fast diet. Remember we avoid all animal products, which includes dairy items.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Nancy's Daniel Fast

Hummus from The Nile restaurant, Chicago.
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Hi, I just wanted to send my comments that the Lord has advised me on during a Daniel fast.

"Royal Foods" also includes anything that the individual would find indulgent. For example, I love hummus, so even if it might be okay for another individual, I know that if I were to eat it during the fast, I wouldn't be keeping my commitment in denying the flesh. Same thing with peanut butter, it's a favorite I eat daily, so I avoid it during the fast. It's not always a list of foods that will prevail, but the underlying reason we choose them. If I'm eating for mere sustenance, then fine, but if I'm eating a big bowl of fruit salad, for me personally, that's hardly denying the flesh. We must remain prayerful in choosing the foods individually. Thank you. Nancy
Thank you Nancy. That is a great personal application of the Daniel Fast. We all need to listen and obey as God speaks to our hearts. Please, let us avoid judging others for applying the Daniel Fast in a way that is different from ours.


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Friday, January 8, 2010

My church allows fish and chicken

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I am currently doing the 21 day fast with my church, but we have fish, chicken, and tuna on our list, but is this considered a meat?
Thanks,
Name withheld

We advise people to do the fast as their church leaders have decided. In this case you may decide to avoid fish, but don't be judgmental of those who are allowed to eat it.

Normally, we avoid all animal products, so fish and poultry are not allowed. Some people are not ready to do a standard Daniel Fast/Diet. They have concerns about protein or some other issue, that keeps them from the Vegan diet required by the Daniel Fast/Diet.

For these people, we advise them to do a modified Daniel Fast/Diet, allowing eggs or non-fat dairy products. Some decide to follow the Eastern Orthodox Church application, allowing fish products.  Some decide to allow lean skinless chicken breast meat.

So your church had the wisdom to allow these foods, so those who cannot do the normal Daniel Fast can still partake with a clear conscience. It also precludes the worries of those who are concerned about adequate protein for manual labor.

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Thursday, January 1, 2009

Kimberly's Lentil Spicy Casserole and Clean Soup

Learn more about Lentils at Wikipedia
Spicy Lentil Casserole
Dried Lentils (Arrowhead Mills brand)
brown rice (cooked)
Green Mountain Gringo Salsa

If not avoiding dairy products add: either, Greek yogurt or low-fat cottage cheese on top of the mix.
Clean Lentil Soup
Arrowhead Mills dry lentils
Lundberg whole grain brown rice
tomato and/or Green Mtn. HOT salsa
avocado (depending on number of servings, add 1/4 avocado per serving)
sweet Potato
carrots
mixed veggies (to have more)

ADD: water and spices to your liking for the soup.
Mix all together. Simmering until all is blended well. Serve HOT.
Thank you Kimberly!

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Deep Fat Fried Potatoes

This year we bought a deep fat fryer to use with peanut oil- looking forward to deep fat fried potatoes- sweet and regular!
Thanks for all you do! Leslie
Hi Leslie. Thanks for your note. We're not sure if you are kidding us or serious. We hope it is the former. Canola, peanut oil and other healthy non-animal fats are OK in moderation. We prefer extra virgin olive oil and Colza.

The foods to avoid list includes, "margarine, shortening, animal fat, high fat products." Deep fried foods are definitely "high fat products" to be avoided. Use as little oil as possible! French fries have too much oil. Spray some Pam or vegetable 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 high heat frying!

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Marion's Preparation Tips

As a Daniel Fast veteran, I prepare for the Fast by cutting down on foods that I will be eliminating during the fast. I know it will be hard during the holidays. But, if not now, then right after the Christmas holiday, start cutting back on sweets, dairy, meats, breads, etc. Once your body starts having less of these things in its system, it won't miss them so much.

I also start gathering foods that I know I will be eating (nuts, no sugar applesauce, cooking vegetables and freezing them, etc.)

Start planning your menu
plans of foods that you can have. This way your mind is not fixed on what you can't have because you already have things set up. I find that I stay more committed this way.

For spiritually preparation, you can go on a "denial" fast here and there (ie: don't eat until after 4pm or don't eat from 12noon one day til 12noon the next day). Start getting your mind and body disciplined. Increase your prayer time and studying the word.

I find once I start disciplining myself, praying and studying the word more, the more "in-tune" I am with God, and the more I can hear Him talking to me and leading me.

I hope this helps!!!

May you all be successful in your consecration to the Lord!

Be Blessed!!!
Thanks for your great tips Marion!


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Thursday, October 16, 2008

What about whey?

What about products that have whey? I didn't know what whey was when I went shopping for food for the Daniel Fast. When I purchased the foods for my Fast I made sure that it had no egg or milk and sugars. But I have noticed some of them had whey in it. So I decided to look up what it is and it is that watery clear liquid that separates itself from Milk. You will find it in yogarts, cottage cheese and other milk products. So after researching I found out that it is plasma separated from the milk itself when it curddles. So now I don't know if this is allowed since so many products include this. Should I consider this an animal product since it comes from milk which does come from animals. If you have any information about this, it would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you and G-d Bless!
Jasmine
You are right, Jasmine. We are avoiding all animal products, and whey is an animal dairy product.

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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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Monday, September 8, 2008

Yeast or Sweetener?

I thought during a fast we were not supposed to have yeast or sweetener. Nancy
Thanks for your good question Nancy! If you feel it is wrong to eat products with yeast or any form of sweetener, then you should avoid them. In the Jewish tradition, there are times when leaven or yeast is not allowed. So it is not unusual to avoid yeast. When you check the Daniel's Fast/Diet foods to avoid list, there is no mention of leaven or yeast. We are allowed to eat whole grain breads and other products.

Concerning sweeteners, we are to avoid
  • refined sugar
  • high fructose corn syrup
  • chemical sugar substitutes
However, possible allowed sweeteners include molasses, agave, raw honey, stevia, and Maple syrup. http://www.stevia.net/ has more information about stevia, a natural herb. Stevia might be cheaper at Amazon.com. They also have raw honey.

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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Is Daniel's Fast only vegetables?

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If you are on a diet or use the Food Guide Pyramid, legumes, nuts, and seeds are considered proteins and placed under the meat category. Why are they allowed on this Fast when meat is not allowed?

Why are whole grains allowed? Why are fruits allowed? I thought the Bible says Daniel ate only vegetables and drank water.

Carolyn
Thank you for your very important question Carolyn. I've avoided giving a long answer to this question for a number of years. I normally just give the short answer that the original language makes it clear that we can eat these foods. Today, I feel led to give you the long answer. As a seminary graduate and a pastor for more than 30 years, I will share my understanding of this issue.

Our problem is that we are tempted to interpret Scriptures according to our own culture and the English text in our particular version of the Bible. However, we need to interpret Scripture by the power of the Holy Spirit, according to the author, audience, context, and original language: Greek or Hebrew. In other words, we need to study the Scriptures to find the meaning of the text for the original author and audience in their language and historical setting.
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The Daniel Fast is a non-animal product and non-alcohol diet. Scriptures are from the KJV. The Biblical context helps us to understand what Daniel refused to eat.
Dan 1:8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
Therefore, we know that Daniel refused to eat meat and drink wine.

Dan 1:12 Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.
The Bible says that Daniel ate only pulse, which is translated vegetables by some translators.

Let's take a look at Daniel's original words:
Strong's concordance tells us that the Hebrew word is
H2235
זרען זרע
zêrôa‛ zêrâ‛ôn
zay-ro'-ah, zay-raw-ohn'
From H2232; something sown (only in the plural), that is, a vegetable (as food): - pulse.

H2232
זרע
zâra‛
zaw-rah'
A primitive root; to sow; figuratively to disseminate, plant, fructify: - bear, conceive seed, set with, sow (-er), yield.
When we are careful to study these words, we find that Daniel's original Fast allowed all non-animal, non-fermented foods that are planted for harvest. He did this because he did not want to defile himself by disobeying God by eating non-kosher foods or meats that may have been offered to the king's idols.

Now that we've studied the Scriptures and understand better the context of Daniel's Fast Diet, we can move to the final step in a practical Bible study, the application of the lesson to our lives. Most Scriptures have one main meaning or interpretation. We have the freedom to apply the lessons we learn in many ways.

You may decide that your application of this study is that you will drink only bottled spring water and eat only food classified by English speaking Americans as falling into the category of vegetables for a period of 10 days. And I would say that is wonderful and God will bless you with spiritual breakthrough. I would caution you not to continue that diet for an extended amount of time as it could be very dangerous to your health.

Another person may decide that for them their Daniel fast diet will include all the foods we list at our foods to eat page, but that they feel led to apply the fast to their lives and personal nutritional needs by adding fish and poultry products.

Our opinion is that the best solution, especially if you are doing a Daniel Fast Diet as a group, is to follow the advice that we and most other Daniel Fast books and websites give you. Eat the foods we list as allowed to eat and avoid the foods we list to avoid to eat.

Is that helpful Carolyn? If anyone has further comments or questions about this issue please feel free to send me your comments through this contact link or in the comments to this post. It would be good for us to make this issue clear for all.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Hominy and garbonzo beans?

I am curious if hominy garbonzo beans are the same thing. If they are, shouldn't garbonzo beans be okay to eat on the Daniel Diet? Thank you for you time, Rachael
Thanks for your question Rachael. Garbanzo beans are also known as chick peas. They are on the foods to eat list. Hominy is a grain to be avoided, because it is processed and not whole grain. For more information about hominy see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hominy

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Monday, August 11, 2008

Joyce's Basic Salad Dressing

Here is a recipe for a delicious salad dressing that doesn't have any sugar.

Basic Salad Dressing (2-3 servings)
Ingredients:
  • 1/4 cup flaxseed oil (or 2 Tbsp. each flax seed and olive oils) I used extra
  • virgin olive oil
  • 1-2 Tbsp. vinegar (apple cider,tarragon, rice, red wine, balsamic ume plum)
  • 1/2-1 Tbsp water
  • 1 tsp. Dijon-type mustard (optional, but totally delicious) Whisked into liquid for easy mixing (I used a little more...)
  • Whole or minced garlic, oregano, basil or other herbs of choice (I used a
  • combination of several.)
Mix well in a shaker jar. Store any leftovers in your refrigerator. Increase recipe for multiple servings. I hope that you enjoy this recipe as much I did!
Joyce

Thanks for sharing your recipe Joyce! One note, many people avoid vinegar, because it is made by fermentation. If you decide to avoid it vinegar, you can replace it with a juice like lemon, lime, orange, apple, etc.
Mike

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Are eggs considered a meat?

Are eggs considered as a meat(scrambled, boiled, or fried)? Latonya


Sorry Latonya, most of us avoid all animal products. So eggs in any form are to be avoided.

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Seafood and shellfish?

Is it ok to eat shellfish on the Dainiel Fast or any seafood it didn't state anything about either. Valencia
Thanks for your e-mail Valencia.  We really love the Daniel Fast.  It is
so thrilling to help people achieve spiritual breakthrough. It's best to avoid all animal, non-plant products. You can do it!

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Friday, May 16, 2008

Soya milk and yogurt or rice milk?

Can you use Soya Milk and yogurt or rice milk on the diet. I consume a lot of yogurt and that would be the thing I most miss?
Janice
Thanks for your e-mail Janice. We really love the Daniel Fast. It is so thrilling to help people achieve spiritual breakthrough.

Rice and Soy milk aren't whole grain. Since the milk is filtered to remove the pulp from the grain. So they should be avoided.

You will miss eating yogurt, but it is part of the sacrifice you make when you fast.

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Wednesday, May 7, 2008

What about fish?

What about fish? Why is fish not a food to eat with this fast? Sheddrika
Thanks for your question Sheddrika. We are avoiding all animal products. So it's best to avoid all meats. However, if God is telling you to eat fish during one of your Daniel Fasts, then obey God and call it a modified Daniel Fast!

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Sunday, April 6, 2008

Clear Excellence Sparkling flavored water

I drink only Clear Excellence Sparkling flavored water. Naturally Flavored with other natural flavors. No Sodium, No Caffeine. Would this be considered a carbonated drink?
Gloria
Wow, that sounds like a yummy drink! I just did a search on that product. I see that it is "lightly carbonated." So it is a carbonated drink. You can make your own flavored water using natural flavors like mint, lemon, orange, cinnamon, Stevia, etc. Just leave out the carbonic acid! Maybe after your Daniel Fast Diet, you'll decide you don't need to buy that product any more. Even if you do buy it again, you'll appreciate it a lot more.

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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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Salt, Tuna, Mayo?

can i have products with salt in them ( like tuna in a can has salt and all natural butter it has salt in it.. real mayo,peanut butter, 100% wheat bread. mrs. dash products
Shedra
Mayonnaise and butter are animal fat items to be avoided.

No problem with salt or spices. Avoid sugar and animal product based spices. It is advised to avoid artificial sweetener. However, butter is a high fat item 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

Fish and poultry

Q. I would like to know if fish is acceptable for the daneil fast; that is baked, boiled, grilled or steamed?

A. It's best to avoid all meats. However, if God is telling you to eat fish during one of your Daniel Fasts, then obey God and call it a modified Daniel Fast!

Q. What about fish or poultry, i.e. tuna, chicken, turkey, etc.?

A. Meat is normally avoided. Pray first and ask the Lord if you should allow fish and poultry products. Definitely avoid fried foods.


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Why Avoid Fried Foods?

I am just curious as to why you can't have fried foods... especially if you fry them in olive oil or vegetable oil.
Dianna
Hi Dianna, thanks for your question. You can eat some fried foods. Elmer Towns is the author of the Fasting For Spiritual Breakthrough Daniel Fast Diet. He clearly states that we should avoid "margarine, shortening, animal fat, high fat products." So we are allowed to fry foods with a little oil, but we should avoid deep fat frying, which is definitely too much oil.

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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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

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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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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Monday, February 18, 2008

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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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

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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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 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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