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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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Thank God for the Daniel fast!!!

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"I have been on this fast for 4 days now (which I commited to doing 7 days)and I can truly say that I have been tempted to go back to my regular way of living. The more I have been tempted the more I have been praying and asking God for help. Since being on this fast I have been able to hear God clearly and he has told me the things that I need to work on within myself. I understand now that my eyes are the open doorway to sin and doing things outside the will of God. Thank God for the Daniel fast!!! My life will never be the same." Name withheld

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Saturday, January 16, 2010

Weight loss on the Daniel Diet Fast

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Doctor asking me to loose about 80 lb. this year, did'nt notice my body changes. also need prayer just because i want to be and get stonger spritul, need GOD in every way, want to walk, talk and see thing by faith.
Name withheld

The original Fast by Daniel in Chapter 1 didn't help him lose weight, but this anti-junk food Daniel Fast by Rev. Elmer Towns does seem effective at helping people shed those nasty pounds that stick to us. I lost 25 lbs in 2000, by walking three times a day for 20 min each. Learn more healthy habits at http://Fit.Farho.net It is our fitness website.

Let's pray: Heavenly Father, we thank You for our friends who are doing their best to say no to the flesh and its appetite for junk food. Jesus, You know what it felt like to be tempted. Be our strong tower of refuge, when we are tempted to blow it and eat that food we should avoid. Fill us with the power of your Holy Spirit, so that His delicious fruit of love would flow from us and surround us. Deliver us from temptation! In the Name of Jesus, our risen Savior and Lord.

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Help from God

Mrs. M asked, "In doing this fast are there a certain amount of things that i can ask for help for from God."
There is no limit. However, we find it is best to have a clear primary focus for your prayers. It is helpful to have a prayer journal, where you keep track of your requests and God's answers to prayer. Prayer Journals at Amazon.com

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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Randall's Daniel Fast Preparation

I have to say the Daniel Fast truly was a breakthrough for me. It makes you truly look at God and what He has for you and your life.

Spiritual preparation
I can say that spiritually you really need to pray and seek God seriously before you start. Be in your earnest moments with God. Tell Him audibly that You are ready and expecting a mighty and swift move from Him. You don't know, going into this fast, just how serious God is taking you.

Physical preparation
Physically I can say that if you drink caffeine or are a coffee junkie you need to definitely start about a week and a half before the rest of your fast by starting your beverage switch. If you still have any body side effects you can soften by a simple half pill of Tylenol or Excedrin. The fast asks you not to consume caffeine. So you're okay, if you can do the pain reliever before you start you fast.

Also, I feel that before your fast if you are a heavy meat eater I would suggest looking at your meat/protein alternatives before you start too. It will not present such a shock to your body. I myself ate a tremendous amount of foods while on the fast (twice as much as normal) and did not have any sort of problems.

For my results, I found my skin was more clear at the end of the fast. My digestion processes saw a tremendous improvement. I lost 14 lbs (This is not a weight-loss plan). I woke up refreshed and had so much more energy. I found out that a lot of the processed foods I previously consumed were a hindrance to my health to rather than a help.

I always was craving something sweet.I found a whole wheat tortilla, peanut butter and bananas made a great snack burrito. Do not bake with Stevia, its horrible. LOL!

I hope this helps you and guides you. God opened doors for me soon after I finished the fast, and has kept on blessing me since I did this, please take this fast serious, you won't regret it ever.

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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.

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
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.

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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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Want to eat cleaner

Praise God! Thank you for having this site it's a blessing. I'm want to do the Daniel Fast, I just heard of this. I also want to eat "cleaner" no meat. I was wondering does anyone ever say how much weight they've lost? I'm 5'6 and 150lbs. But I want to fast without telling anyone. I don't want to deal with it. If I do fast and look sick or my eyes sunken in I'll have to tell on myself. Please let me know. I want more of God and I feel that this is the starting point for me to start my "walk" with God. Adriana
Thanks for your encouragement Adriana. The Daniel Fast is an excellent way to improve your walk with God and enjoy spiritual breakthrough. We think it is also a healthy diet. Some folks have written to say they lost a lot a weight.

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Friday, March 7, 2008

White Flour and Fruit Juices


I appreciate your taking the time to answer my questions.

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

Also, is 100% fruit juice allowable?

Can you give me an understanding about that?

Thanks so much...and be blessed

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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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

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.
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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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

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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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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Thursday, January 31, 2008

what a new anointing means in practical terms

I am on day 26 of a 40 day Daniel fast. on day 21 I was prayed for and give a word that God was giving me a new anointing and the direction from the Lord was to write it down. I have asked for a spiritual breakthrough and an emotional healing. Generally will God continue to move past the days of the fast? I am still struggling with my emotional breakthrough but this word seems to be an answer to spiritual breakthrough. Any insight as I go on fasting would be helpful. Not really sure what a new anointing means in practical terms. Thank you, Chris

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Great recipes, testimonies, encouragement

I would like to first thank God, for placing this website on your heart. It was a great resource of recipes, testimonies, and words of encouragement. During my time of fasting, God has directed and arranged my schedule. You see, I’m a stay-at-home mom that home-schools. I was struggling with my prayer time, reading the bible, just having time to commune with the Father. During and after the Daniel Fast I feel rejuvenated, rested, see things more clearly and my joy has been replenished. God has not only changed my schedule to spend time with him, but he has also, given me time to join a women’s bible study group. God is surely Awesome. Yvette

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We'd love to hear from you!
  • What kind of experiences did you have during your Daniel's Fast?
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  • Did you lose or gain weight during your Daniel's Fast?
  • Would you do a Daniel Fast again?
  • What other fasts or forms of fasting do you recommend?
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