Daniel Fast Beginners Guide:
with Recipes and Meal Plan
So you want to learn about the Daniel Fast and need simple recipes to guide you?
The Daniel Fast THE most popular fast for Christians who are interested in the spiritual and physical benefits of fasting, and I bet you’ve got questions.
Well, I’ve got answers sister! And lots of amazing Daniel Fast recipes (and a bonus 21 Day Menu Plan and Prayer Guide.)
In addition to helping women build healthy biblical habits, and drop the shame of yo-yo dieting with our Healthy Habits Bible Study and 90-Day Journal, we also create epic guides like this one that covers all the basics!
Below in this guide, I’m going to give you the good and the hard when it comes to the Daniel Fast (click to go right to that section):
Introduction to the Daniel Fast:
- What is the Daniel Fast and how does it work?
- Will I lose weight on the Daniel Fast?
- What are the benefits of fasting?
What can I eat on the Daniel Fast?
Daniel Fast Recipes and Eating Plan:
- Who should do the Daniel Fast?
- How much time will it take?
- How much will it cost?
- What about eating out?
- How much can I eat?
- How can I get the most out of my Daniel Fast? (21 day prayer guide download for individuals and churches) Daniel Fast Devotional
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What is the Daniel Fast and how does it work?
Before getting to the Daniel Fast Recipes, it’s important to understand what the Daniel Fast is. The Daniel Fast is a plant-based, partial fast, inspired by the prophet Daniel in the Bible. It is often done for 21 days and paired with intentional daily prayer. You can make it however long you like. Some do three days, some a week, others the full three weeks.
When Daniel and his friends were carried off into exile by the Babylonian king they were conscripted into his service and given the royal food. Not wanting to defile themselves with the kings “unclean” foods, in Daniel 1:12-17 they asked:
“Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.
At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.
To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.”
Again in Daniel 10:3 the Bible references Daniel fasting and praying for 21 days in order to understand a vision:
“I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over.”
Fasting is mentioned over 70 times in the Bible, and is a spiritual and physical practice of giving up something good (often food) for a set amount of time, to seek after God who is our true source of life. Fasting is often paired with prayer and done for the purpose of drawing closer to God, resetting spiritually and physically, or seeking God for a breakthrough in a specific area of your life.
The Daniel fast is popular because it allows you to continue eating plant-based food while still giving you the spiritual and physical benefits of a fast.
Will I lose weight on the Daniel Fast?
You may be wondering if you will loose weight with these Daniel Fast Recipes. The answer is likely yes. With 71% of adults in America being overweight or obese, and one third of children, a number that has tripled in the last 50 years, it’s clear our modern diet isn’t contributing to our health or ability to physically carry out the things God has called us to personally.
In 2010, after baptizing hundreds of church members, California megachurch Pastor Rick Warren became convicted their church, and he himself had a fat problem. As a congregation, they turned to the Daniel Fast and collectively lost 260,000 pounds!
Dr. Richard Bloomer, Dean of Health Sciences at the University of Memphis, and co-author of the Daniel Cure, has conducted several studies on the 21-day Daniel Fast and found it lowered risk factors for high blood pressure and cholesterol, and reduces oxidative stress, which contributes to a host of diseases over time.
Dr. Bloomer says most participants lose between 5 to 6 pounds over the three-week plant-based fast and report other benefits like increased energy and clearer skin.
“We’re not thinking [the health benefits come from] the restriction in animal protein, per se, but more the restriction in all the other stuff that you would find in packaged foods,” says Bloomer.
What are the benefits of fasting?
Spiritual Benefits of fasting:
Daniel Fast Recipes offer you more than just a plant-based diet, but rather a spiritual template for fasting. Fasting gives us an extra measure of spiritual sensitivity to hear God’s voice. When we abstain from food we normally eat, it clears out the mental and spiritual clutter and allows us to receive what the Holy Spirit has for us.
Fasting also resets our souls to receive its satisfaction in Christ. Each time we would normally reach for rich food and drink, and instead we take that urge and redirect it to prayer and meditation on God, we are creating fresh spiritual pathways that will remain even when our fast is done.
Fasting in the Bible is often associated with mourning, and seeking God’s intervention in a crisis. Ester and the Jews fasted and prayed to avoid genicide, and Jesus taught his disciples that prayer and fasting was the only way to fight some types of demonic oppression. So too when we are seeking God for relational restoration, protection, healing, or breakthrough, fasting and prayer is one of the most effective paths we can use to pursue God.
Emotional Benefits of fasting:
When you think about fasting and restricting what you eat, it may conjure up fears of being hungry or grumpy, or crazy fad diets you’ve done in the past. Surprisingly studies have shown the opposite effect to those who fast! “Fasting and calorie restriction markedly relieved negative moods like tension, anger, and confusion and enhanced the sense of euphoria.”
Sometimes we think of the Bible or religious people as makers of rigid lists and rules. I have felt that same way! But as I’ve grown in my relationship with Jesus, I’ve come to understand the things he tells us to do, like fasting, are because of his great love for us. The Bible tells us in James 1:17: “every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of heavenly lights.”
God WANTS us to be happy, and experience the emotional benefits of fasting!
Physical Benefits of fasting:
What can I eat on the Daniel Fast? (Daniel Fast Rules)
What can you eat using Daniel Fast Recipes? The short answer is any food that comes from seed, in its most natural form, and water. “Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink.” Daniel 1:12.
- Water should be the only beverage you drink.
- Aim to drink between a half to one ounce per pound of body weight.
- Sprouted whole grain wheat (like Ezekiel Bread), oats, brown rice, barley, spelt, corn, buckwheat, quinoa, millet, and other whole grains.
- Some people choose to omit yeast and eat only unleavened or flatbread. Ezekiel brand tortillas are a good choice for that or you can make your own 4 ingredient flatbread found in the recipes section.
- Lentil or Chickpea pasta, widely available at grocery stores, is a less processed, and higher protein alternative to wheat pasta.
- Black beans, kidney beans, chickpeas, garbanzo beans, split peas, lentils, pinto beans, white beans, soybeans, and other legumes.
- Check that any corn or soy foods you’re eating are organic, non-GMO, and don’t include other additives. Non-organic corn and soy contain the highest levels of glyphosate, a potentially harmful herbicide.
Nuts and Seeds:
- Almonds, coconut, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, peanuts, and nut butters without added sugar.
- Pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, and other seeds.
- Stick with healthy oils like olive, coconut, and avocado.
- Skip Industrial seed oils like soybean and canola are found in most processed foods and salad dressings, they are not produced naturally and can contribute to inflammation.
- May be fresh, frozen, or dried.
- Watch out for added sulfites and sweeteners common in most dried fruits, and avoid canned fruit altogether.
- Eat in moderation and focus on lower glycemic fruits such as berries and pitted fruits.
- Apricot, peach, cherry, blackberry, blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, mango, apple, lemon, lime, avocado, plum, coconut, date, melon, orange, kiwi, grapefruit, banana, etc.
- May be fresh, frozen, or cooked.
- Vegetables should be the mainstay of your Daniel Fast.
- Get at least a handful at every meal and incorporate different colors throughout the day.
- Broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, cabbage, bell peppers, mushrooms, olives, celery, asparagus, spinach, romaine lettuce, peas, green beans, cilantro, artichokes, brussels sprouts, kale, onions, eggplant, edamame, peppers, russet potatoes, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, okra, radishes, squash, etc.
Daniel Fast Salad Dressing and Seasonings:
- Flavor your food with olive oil, spices, lemon, lime, vinegar, and Himalayan pink salt.
- You can also have vegetable-based sauces like preservative-free hot sauce or unsweetened ketchup. You’ll need to read labels carefully on these.
- Primal Kitchen is my favorite brand for all-natural sauces and dressings and is widely available.
- If you would like to use plant-based sweeteners that don’t register on the glycemic index, like stevia or monk fruit sweeteners, you can do that.
What CAN'T I eat on the Daniel Fast?
In short, using Daniel Fast recipes you won’t be eating any animal products, processed food, or drinks other than water. But we know you’ll want details, so we’ve included them below:
Alcohol, Caffeine, and Drinks:
- Avoid juice, coffee, tea, energy drinks, carbonated beverages, soda, kombucha, and alcohol.
- Because no alcohol is allowed on the Daniel Fast, some people also leave out fermented products like soy sauce and vinegar, it’s up to you.
- Chocolate and cocoa in all forms contain caffeine and also should be avoided.
Avoid ALL animal products including beef, chicken, turkey, pork, fish, shellfish, and eggs.
Avoid cheese, butter, milk, cream, and anything containing milk products.
On your Daniel Fast avoid all sweeteners including sugar, coconut sugar, maple syrup, honey, date sugar, agave nectar, and artificial sweeteners.
- Doing a Daniel Fast is a fantastic education in reading labels and discovering what kind of ingredients we regularly consume.
- You’ll want to avoid processed grains like white bread, white pasta, white rice, flour, crackers, chips, and cereals unless made from sprouted grains.
- Avoid artificial flavorings, colors, preservatives, and additives. If you can’t pronounce an ingredient it’s probably not good for you.
Daniel Fast Recipes
Because we know you’re super busy just like we are here at Gospel Centered Health, we want to make things simple and save you time! We’re giving you 35 of our tried and true Daniel Fast recipes and meal ideas below, but we’d also love to email you our 21 Day Daniel Fast Meal Plan and Prayer Guide.
Daniel Fast Recipes — Breakfast
Creamy Avocado Banana Green Smoothie: banana, avocado, vegan protein powder, unsweetened almond milk, berries, and cucumber. I place all ingredients minus the liquid, in mason jars and freeze enough for the week so I can grab and go in the mornings.
Mango Green Smoothie: banana, frozen mango, spinach, hemp seeds, and almond milk. (Leave out orange juice to lower the natural sugar content) You can leave out the almond milk and freeze these ahead of time in mason jars.
Almond Butter Banana Oat Smoothie: banana, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, almond butter, and oats. I like adding berries to mine.
Low Carb Cinnamon Bread: almond and tapioca flour, monk fruit, flaxseed, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, stevia, pink salt, buttery coconut oil, and vanilla.
Low Carb Pancakes: almond and tapioca flour, flaxseed, baking powder, baking soda, pink salt, almond milk, monk fruit maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, vanilla, buttery coconut oil, and blueberries.
Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal: quick oats, unsweetened applesauce, cinnamon, and almond milk. (Leave out the apple juice to lower the natural sugar content.)
Daniel Fast Snack Ideas
- Hummus and Veggies
- Toasted Ezekiel Bread with Almond Butter and Sliced Banana
- Toasted Ezekiel Bread with Avocado
- Air Popped Popcorn: I love squeezing fresh lime and pink salt on mine
- Brown Rice Cakes with peanut butter and sliced green apple
Daniel Fast Soup Recipes
Best Lentil Soup: olive oil, onion, carrots, garlic, cummin, curry, thyme, canned diced tomatoes, brown or green lentils, vegetable broth, salt and pepper to taste, chopped collard greens or kale, land emon juice. This is wonderful served with ezekiel bread or 4 ingredient whole wheat flatbread.
Butternut Squash Chili: olive oil, onion, bell pepper, butternut squash, garlic, chili powder, chipotle pepper, cumin, cinnamon, bay leaf, black beans, diced tomatoes, vegetable broth, salt to taste, avocados, corn tortillas, and cilantro.
Creamy Broccoli Soup: onion, garlic, yukon gold potatoes, olive oil, vegetable broth, raw cashews, pink salt, broccoli, carrot, thyme, dill, white wine vinegar, and dijon mustard. This is a great one pot meal, or serve with a side salad, flatbread, or vegan cornbread (use whole wheat flour.)
Easy Minestrone Soup: onion, carrots, celery, garlic, zucchini squash, olive oil, tomato paste, vegetable broth, fire roasted tomatoes, bay leaf, cannellini beans, oregano, thyme, pink salt, legume pasta like lentil or chickpea pasta, baby kale, pepper, and parsley to garnish.
Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup: garlic, onion, celery, carrots, black beans, salsa, chili powder, cumin, oregano, and vegetable broth. This is great served with toasted corn tortillas sliced into strips.
Chickpea Noodle Soup: onion, carrot, celery, garlic, thyme, red pepper, brown rice flour (can substitute with tapioca flour or arrowroot powder to thicken), vegetable broth, brown rice spaghetti (can substitute with legume pasta if desired), chickpeas, baby spinach, lemon juice, pink salt and pepper to taste.
Daniel Fast Recipes — Lunch and Dinner
Burrito Stuffed Sweet Potatoes: sweet potatoes, brown basmati rice, black beans, cumin, garlic, olive, oil, tomato paste, pink salt to taste, bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, red onion, lime, cilantro, avocado, shredded cabbage, and preservative free hot sauce.
Hummus Quesadillas: use whole grain or preferably sprouted whole grain tortillas, hummus, spinach, sun dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, and olive oil. We like these dipped in extra hummus, salsa, or guacamole.
Thai Peanut Quinoa Salad: quinoa, purple cabbage, grated carrot, snow peas, cilantro, green onion, peanuts (I prefer raw peanuts if I can find them, to skip the unhealthy oils they are usually roasted in, and I toast them myself in coconut oil), peanut butter, low sodium soy sauce, omit the honey (you can use monk fruit or stevia if you’d like), toasted sesame oil, grated ginger, lime, and red pepper flakes.
Roasted Butternut Squash Tacos: butternut squash, chili powder, olive oil, pink salt and pepper to taste, purple cabbage, black beans, green onions, cilantro, lime, avocado, coriander, corn tortillas, cilantro, and preservative free hot sauce.
Vegan Sloppy Joes: look for sprouted whole wheat buns or english muffins in your store’s freezer section, brown or green lentils, vegetable broth, pink salt and pepper to taste, bell pepper, onion, garlic, olive oil, sugar free ketchup (look for the Primal Kitchen brand), Worcestershire sauce, mustard powder, onion powder, chili powder, preservative free hot sauce ( I like Frank’s Red Hot), pickled onions, and bread and butter pickles,
Vegan Alfredo: cauliflower, cashews, lemon, nutmeg, apple cider vinegar, nutritional yeast, unsweetened almond milk, and garlic. Use brown rice or legume pasta noodles and serve with a salad or roasted broccoli on the side.
Burrito Stuffed Peppers: bell peppers, olive oil, garlic, onions, chili powder, kidney or black beans, tomato, use frozen corn rather than canned sweet corn, pink salt and pepper to taste, raw cashews, avocados, and salsa. Read here how to make a simple, 5 minute cashew sauce. You could also serve this with a side of brown rice.
Easy Quinoa Bowl: quinoa, brown rice, chickpeas, garlic, olive oil, smoked paprika, pink salt, tahini sauce, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, kalamata olives, and red onion.
Vegan Enchiladas: following the instructions to make your own enchilada sauce, you will need: onion, garlic, olive oil, vegetable broth, tomato paste, canned chipotle peppers, cumin, oregano, garlic powder, and chili powder. For the enchiladas, use corn tortillas, olive oil, portobello mushrooms, read onion, bell pepper, black beans, garlic powder, cumin, onion powder, paprika, pink salt, lime, vegetable broth, guacamole, and romaine lettuce. This is great served with 5 minute cashew sauce, or on it’s own.
Vegan Shepherd’s Pie: yukon gold potatoes, olive oil, coconut oil, garlic, pink salt and pepper to taste, portobello mushrooms, yellow onion, carrot, (use whole wheat flour, or tapioca flour as a thickener), fennel seeds, smoked paprika, garlic powder, dried sage, vegetable broth, frozen peas, lentils, low sodium soy sauce, and fresh rosemary.
Balsamic Roasted Veggies: olive oil, balsamic vinegar, omit the brown sugar, use low sodium soy sauce, dijon mustard, dried basil, black pepper, mushrooms, red onions, carrots, parsnips, radishes, and parsley. Serve with legume pasta or quinoa for added protein.
Chipotle Portobello Fajitas: chili powder, chipotle powder, onion powder, cumin, garlic powder, omit the sugar, pink salt, portobello mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, olive oil, substitute with corn tortillas, avocado, cilantro, and lime. Serve with black beans for added protein.
Quinoa Black Bean Tacos: quinoa, garlic, pink salt, chili powder, cumin, oregano, smoked paprika, black beans, pico de gallo, avocado, corn tortillas, and cilantro.
Spinach Artichoke Pasta: legume penne pasta made from chickpeas or lentils, spinach, artichoke hearts, garlic, raw cashews, nutritional yeast, miso paste (or you can substitute low sodium soy sauce or tahini), dijon mustard, tapioca starch, unsweetened almond milk, and pink salt and pepper to taste.
Guacamole Vegetarian Tacos: avocado, lime, lemon, pink salt, frozen corn, red bell pepper, poblano pepper, red onion, jalapeno pepper, cilantro, garlic, black beans, cumin, corn tortillas, lemon, and preservative free hot sauce.
Daniel Fast Cookie and Bread Recipes
- Cookies: My FAVORITE resource for healthy treats is my friend Emily Spain at Pretty Pies! Check out her One Carb Snickerdooles for a tasty, Daniel Fast friendly cookie.
- Bread: Because most of us are already spending enough time in the kitchen, I recommend buying sprouted whole wheat bread available at most grocery stores in the freezer section. But if you’re avoiding yeast on your Daniel Fast, and looking for a good flat bread recipe to bake up at home that’s Daniel Fast compliant, here’s a recipe for 4 Ingredient Whole Wheat Flat Bread.
21 Day Daniel Fast Meal Plan
If you’re ready to dive in, but a little (or a lot) overwhelmed, that’s completely normal. When we set out to reset, or overhaul our health with something like a Daniel Fast, because we know we need the energy, health, and stamina to do what God’s called us to, it’s no small thing.
Bringing God into our health is sacred work. As believers we know eating well isn’t about washboard abs and selfies, or endless yo-yo dieting and shame, it’s about inviting God into every aspect of our lives.
As you start on this journey with the Daniel Fast, you are not alone! You have the Holy Spirit, your helper, and you also people who have gone through this before to guide you. That’s why the team at Gospel Centered Health has complied these Daniel Fast recipes and created a free 21 Day Daniel Fast Meal Plan and Prayer Guide for you.
We’re incorporating meal prepping techniques that have saved us hundreds of hours in the kitchen, and allowed us to eat healthily, and get busy living the life God called us to. We’re also using the 35 tried and true recipes listed in this article, so you have easy access to delicious meals.
FAQ's about the Daniel Fast
Who can do the Daniel Fast?
The Daniel Fast is a partial, plant-based fast and is considered safe for most people. If you have a special medical condition that requires you to monitor your diet, please consult with a medical professional for your unique situation before beginning the Daniel Fast. Do NOT stop taking your medications unless specifically directed by your doctor.
Pregnant and Nursing Women on the Daniel Fast:
Many pregnant and nursing women have successfully completed the Daniel Fast. Adequate protein consumption and high-quality prenatal vitamins with B-12 are important factors to keep in mind if your body is supporting human life. Focus on plant-based protein sources like tofu, tempeh, beans, peas, lentils, nuts, and seeds. Some pregnant or nursing women choose to include eggs while on the Daniel Fast for added complete protein. Be sure to pray about it and consult your doctor.
Children on the Daniel Fast:
As a mother of five, with a wide range of eating habits, I recommend you allow your kids to have input on if they would like to participate and to what degree. You’ll always be more successful if you have their buy-in. And depending on what their diet was like before, the Daniel Fast recipes can be a huge change and stressor for them.
As a family when we’ve done the Daniel Fast, we’ve had some kids who wanted to participate fully, others who wanted to give up sugar, and others who want to fast, or temporarily give up, something other than food.
Focus on educating kids about reading labels, and what’s in their foods! Include them in the meal prepping, devotions, and sharing your own struggles. The more we focus on their hearts, and the leading of the Holy Spirit, rather than a list of rules, the more impactful it will be for your kids. They will learn the most by watching you.
Will I have side effects from the Daniel Fast?
Many people, particularly if you previously had a lot of processed foods in your diet, will experience some dietary detox symptoms. You can get this as your body comes off of caffeine, sugar, and diets high in carbohydrates. Most people experience these symptoms for 2 to 10 days, depending on their previous diet. Some common side effects of dietary detox may include:
- Body aches
- Food Cravings
- Digestive Changes
How to help alleviate dietary detox symptoms:
- Drink plenty of water. Aim for one half to one ounce of water per pound of body weight.
- Take a warm Epsom salt bath.
- Get plenty of sleep, at least 7 to 8 hours per night. Your body may need more while on the Daniel Fast.
- Take at least a 30-minute walk outside each day. Moving your body will rest your mood and speed up the detox process.
- If you experience a lot of digestive distress from the increase in fiber and beans, take digestive enzymes, available at most grocery stores, before each meal or as directed.
How much time will the Daniel Fast take?
Trust me, with five teens/tweens, I completely understand your concern that the Daniel Fast will be time consuming! I know how busy life can get and it’s my goal to make it as simple as possible for you.
Like any good thing, using Daniel Fast Recipes will take extra effort and time. There is no way around that. But if you can be strategic, it will save you a lot of time and allow you to continue living the life God has called you to, without being a slave to the kitchen.
I take one day a week, usually Saturdays, and meal plan, grocery shop, and premake breakfasts and snacks for my husband and me. I also plan for breakfast and snack ideas that take minimal cooking, and I place all the ingredients for smoothies, minus the liquid, in mason jars and freeze them so I have enough for the week to grab and go. In the evenings I make dinner and plan for extra portions for lunch the next day.
So that is a few hours on a Saturday, and about an hour in the evening from start to finish including dishes, which we all pitch in for.
7 – 10 hours per week is my general estimate of how long it will take to shop and prep foods for the Daniel Fast. Yours may be faster if you aren’t cooking for a hungry party of seven!
If you’ve never cooked much in the kitchen, expect it to take a bit longer. Home cooking has a learning curve, but all the recipes have detailed instructions, and you can always ask google (or call your mom!) Your budget and your health will thank you for learning this skill, and you may actually enjoy it.
Plus I’ve tried to save you extra time by creating a meal plan and collecting our tried and true recipes for you in our 21 Day Daniel Fast Meal Plan and Prayer Guide. You can download it for free here:
How much will the Daniel Plan Cost?
How much the Daniel Plan meals will cost you depends on how many you’re cooking for, and if you plan to buy organic or specialty food items. In general, Daniel Fast recipes are a very budget-friendly way to eat. Think about the economical “rice and beans diet”, this is very similar.
A recent study found that vegans and vegetarians on average spend $23 less per week on groceries than their meat-eating counterparts. If you normally cook from home, you will likely find the Daniel Fast to be comparable to your typical budget. If you eat out often, you will find yourself saving a lot of money!
Speaking of eating out . . .
What about eating out on the Daniel Fast?
If you’re strategic, you can still eat out on the Daniel Fast! Be sure to look up menus before you go and plan ahead. Many restaurants will have a dish that works for you as is, or simply leaving a few things out. Here are some ideas:
- Chipotle Burrito Bowl – choose beans instead of meat, and skip the cheese and sour cream
- Panera Bread – Vegetarian Black Bean Soup
- Subway – Veggie Sub on Whole Wheat and Minestrone Soup
- Though not usually made with healthy oils, a salad without cheese and fries will do in a pinch at most restaurants!
- Check out the Happy Cow for vegan friendly restaurants near you.
How much can I eat?
There is no calorie counting or set portions when using Daniel Fast recipes. The Daniel Fast is a wonderful time to focus on listening to your body’s hunger and full signals.
Processed food in America is a $750,000 billion dollar industry, and they know what keeps us coming back. Additives like monosodium glutamate, soybean oil, high fructose corn syrup, nitrates, sodium, and sugar, along with highly refined carbohydrates have an addictive quality to them that leads to a dopamine spike, which is the pleasure neurotransmitter.
Researchers have found that these foods lead to a loss of control when eating when compared to unprocessed foods. Because of this, we can lose our internal sense of when we are hungry and full and often overeat. The Daniel Fast is the perfect time to quiet your soul and body. You’ll be more sensitive to the Holy Spirit, and also more sensitive to your body’s hunger cues.
How can I get the most out of my Daniel Fast (21 Day Prayer Guide and Devotional)
To get the most out of your Daniel Fast, don’t go it alone. We are created by God for community, and other people are often the vehicle God uses to accomplish his will in our lives. A new study shows that people who took place in a community weight loss program, lost an average of 10 lbs in six months, compared with a 1 lb average loss for those who did it alone.
Invite a group of friends, your spouse, and kids, your Bible study group or small group at church, and even your church as a whole to participate with you in the Daniel Fast and use the Daniel Fast recipes provided to make it easy. Many churches will do a corporate season of fasting and prayer before a significant season, or at the beginning of a new year, and will pair that fast with special worship services.
It’s a powerful way to unite the body of Christ in a common cause and seek God as a community. Jeremiah 29:13 tells us “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with your whole heart.” We know this, when God’s people come together and seek Him, he is listening and mighty to save!
Groups and churches can use this Daniel Fast Guide, along with the 21 Day Daniel Fast Meal Plan and Prayer Guide, to help make their fast successful. To use the guide in a group setting, we only ask that you reference Gospel Centered Health to those using it.
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