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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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

What if I break my fast?

What if I break my fast on day 9 and resume on day 10? Is that okay?
God understands your situation. Do your best! If you break your fast for a special event or you just "blow it," restart again after the meal that caused you to break the fast. Eastern Orthodox Christians have been doing the Daniel fast for Lent for centuries. They believe that it dishonors Christ to fast on Sunday, when we weekly celebrate his Resurrection. So they break their 40 day Lenten Daniel Fast every Sunday.

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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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