Resisting…The Daniel Fast

By Shannon O'Dell / Posted on 03 January 2012

“In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.” Daniel 10:2, 3 Ok, I ready to resist my flesh, see God answer huge prayers, breakthroughs, financial blessing, supernatural health, and more. But what can I eat, and what can’t I eat? Here is your answer…

(READ THE LABEL…Foods should be sugar-free and chemical-free)
All fruits These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Fruits include apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon
All vegetables. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Vegetables include but are not limited to artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, zucchini, veggie burgers are an option if you are not allergic to soy.
All whole grains, including whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn.
All nuts and seeds, including sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame. Also nut butters including peanut butter.
All Beans. These can be canned or dried. Dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans.
All quality oils including olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, and sesame.
Beverages: spring water, distilled water, or other pure waters.
Other: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.
All meat and animal products including beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish.
All dairy products including milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.
All sweeteners including sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice.
All leavened bread including Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods.
All refined and processed food products including artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.
All deep fried foods Potato chips, French fries, corn chips.
All solid fats including shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.
Beverages including carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.



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There are 21 Comments about this post

  1. Martha Tippett says,

    I am on day two of The Daniel Fast, I’m a real coffee addict, when I get a real craving I just pray that I won’t give in to the flesh, I know I am going to do this….. this time of prayer and fasting will bring me closer to my heavenly Father; I will be more in tune to what He wants me to do for him. I am so excited!!!


    on 03 January 2012 / 10:46 AM

    • Brandon Myers says,

      I didn’t see coffee on the CANT list. It’s just water and ground beans so it passes.


      on 09 January 2012 / 8:54 AM

      • Go for it!


        on 09 January 2012 / 9:06 AM

      • jmido says,

        You’re only supposed to drink water during the daniels fast.


        on 20 January 2014 / 1:44 PM

    • Ed says,

      I have seen that only Legumes are allowed during the Daniel fast. These are beans that come in a pod that you have to split open to get the beans out. Coffee beans dont fall into this category, they are also processed, which i also have read that we cannot have processed items. I am sure this will be between you and God, but i feel the purpose of a fast is to cleanse and detox the mind, body, and soul. Sacrifice is a good thing to bring us closer to God.


      on 02 January 2013 / 11:14 AM

  2. Kameron says,

    Daniel says “no pleasant food”. Are salt and other seasonings acceptable and in the spirit of correct Daniel fasting?


    on 04 January 2012 / 3:27 PM

  3. Shari says,

    What about using coconut or almond milk mixed in the oatmeal? It is not dairy.


    on 07 January 2012 / 11:42 AM

    • Do it! You will acquire a taste…


      on 07 January 2012 / 4:48 PM

  4. Jessica Richter says,

    How about black coffee and unsweet tea?


    on 07 January 2012 / 9:14 PM

    • Go for it! Some say no caffeine or honey but it is between you and God if it’s all natural.


      on 09 January 2012 / 9:07 AM

  5. Lindsey says,

    So excited to start I’ve been holding back from starting early! : )


    on 07 January 2012 / 10:03 PM

  6. Decided to check the list as I’m sitting here pounding some oats and an orange and had a couple questions –
    if we can have tators, canola oil, and salt, why no home made chips?

    Can we have fruit juices? if so, do they have to be fresh squeezed?

    For the coffee drinkers – coffee beans are a bean, and water is on the list – can they not have coffee in the purest form?

    I see that “soy products” are on the list – does this include soy sauce? (see below for a potentially awesome meal if soy sauce is allowed)

    are there any forbidden cooking methods?

    Now to the helping portion – A few days ago, I discovered a couple natural beauties that are supposed to assist in filling us up, reducing cravings, and even help us lose weight. Feel free to google these items and whip up your favorite fast-friendly food. No cheating :)

    CHIA SEEDS are said to be nutrient rich, appetite suppressing, craving busting healthy substitute for many things unhealthy. check out the link for some incredible facts about these little jewels. http://www.mychiaseeds.com/Articles/Top10ChiaBenefits.html

    PUMPKIN SEEDS are a not-so-well known nutritional powerhouse that contain many important things that we may miss out on due to the absence of meat in our diets. They are great sources of magnesium, iron and zinc. Magnesium is needed for strong bones and a steady heart beat, iron is needed to transport oxygen to your cells and zinc helps our immune system to remain strong during the winter months. Toss them in the oven, add some more-healthy sea salt, and throw a sack in your desk drawer and snack at work. Check this link from Dr Oz – http://www.doctoroz.com/blog/kristin-kirkpatrick-ms-rd-ld/you-need-seed

    Lastly, so long as soy sauce is allowed, check out my favorite Mongolian style meal that got me through a pain-staking diet.

    What you’re going to need (many items can be left out for a delicious main course)


    Chop up your leafy greens into manageable bite sizes (about the same as you prefer on a salad)

    Half your celery stalks and then chop them into about an inch long pieces

    Leave your mushrooms whatever size your heart desires – these will seem like the “meat” of the meal. I love mushrooms, so I use plenty.

    Chop your peanuts into tiny cubes as they will add some nice texture to your dish.

    I typically go with long onion slices – but that’s just how I like them… you can cut them however you wish, or leave them out if your not a fan of them.

    Mince your garlic – this will mainly be for flavoring.

    Use the leafy part of your broccoli – make sure when cutting it up, you’re not leaving it too big.

    Start off with a deep pan, throw in your leafy greens, celery, onions, mushrooms, garlic, and broccoli. The goal is to cook on a low or medium heat with a lid over it to soften up your veggies. You may wish to drain it once they appear to be a bit softer. After draining, sprinkle on your peanuts and add your soy sauce – don’t use too much because it can become overbearing. I tend to cook the remainder of the time without a lid because I love the smell of this dish, but you can reduce heat and replace lid if you wish – it’s all about your preference. Once it appears, smells, or tastes done, remove from heat and serve. Being this is similar to many Oriental dishes, you may wish to top a bed of rice with this fast friendly veggie dish. Hope you love it as much as I have.

    This is all news to me as these are some pretty recent discoveries – see what the bulge-battling renown cardiologist has to say about seeds in your diet. http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/power-seeds


    on 09 January 2012 / 8:59 AM

  7. Brandon Myers says,

    Here’s what I’m doing… all of above… with these exceptions

    I’m drinking unsweet tea and black coffee…

    and the occasional grilled chicken breast (I run so I’ve got to have some kind of protein source).

    I haven’t decided on honey yet as I have an unlimited supply on hand (my uncle raises bees and keeps me stocked)

    Even with the exceptions, It’s a big deal for me as I regularly consume EVERYTHING on the CAN’T list ROUTINELY.



    on 10 January 2012 / 12:17 PM

    • jmido says,

      I’m a runner too. The daniels fast is typically very low calorie so load up on organic peanut butter, nuts, beans, and oats. They’re all very healthy, provide some decent calories, and have a decent amount of protein.


      on 20 January 2014 / 1:47 PM

  8. Marcy says,

    Traditionally, the Daniel Fast only allows pure water to drink. This excludes coffee, tea, and even fresh juices. Also, meat of any kind is not necessary to include protein in your diet, even if you are active. Quinoa is an excellent plant-based source of protein. Also, nuts, seeds, beans and legumes will meet protein needs.


    on 26 December 2012 / 3:01 PM

  9. Latisha Coe says,

    Today Is Day 2 And Im Feeling Wonderful i have ben eating lots of veg raw and stem and fruits with lots oif water im excited about this fast then after reading the Cans im really ready about this then i not only that i can snack on a wheat tortillas …. this fast is the best thing i ever done spirtiual ,Im like Daniel a person with many conictions & i understand the way of god but one thing for sure i know that god is going to use me …i encourage others to fast to get closer to him …


    on 01 February 2013 / 1:35 PM

  10. Bob Barker says,

    How about cooking with wine? If you cook out the alcohol would that make it okay?


    on 05 January 2014 / 6:43 PM

  11. Tanya says,

    Thank you for the information provided. I am excited and prepared for my advancement in Christ!


    on 21 January 2014 / 3:36 PM

  12. Carol says,

    Ive never done the Daniel fast before but our church body is about to soon, so im researching on how to do it properly. One question I have is whole wheat flour? My heritage is Choctaw Indian and fry bread is a easy homemade bread using only flour, &/or milk or water…well for this Daniel fast its water….but is flour ok?


    on 27 January 2014 / 10:14 AM

  13. Shandria says,

    It’s day Two of my Daniel Fast and I’m loving it and enjoying hearing from God. It is a total detox for my body. I feel great and energetic and bright and smiling and Thanking Jesus for all he’s done in my life.


    on 18 February 2014 / 3:30 PM


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