There are lots of different types of fasting one can do for various spiritual and health reasons. A Daniel fast early in the spring season can bring a time of re-set and re-focus on both counts. Below, you’ll find a Daniel Fast meal plan to help you along.
What is the 21 day Daniel fast?
While I believe strongly that a well-rounded diet with nourishing animal foods is best long-term, a temporary diet like the Daniel Fast can provide detoxifying and healing benefits.
The Daniel Fast is a 21 day plan based on scripture found in the book of Daniel. In Daniel 1:12, we see “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables to eat and water to drink.” In Daniel 10:3(a), we read “I ate no tasty food, no meat or wine entered my mouth…”
So what foods does a 21 day Daniel Fast actually include?
What food can you eat on the Daniel Fast?
There are varying versions of the Daniel Fast, as well as something totally different called The Daniel Plan (which may be a good place to start on a healthier living journey, but is not what we’re talking about here).
We will be sticking with the vegan version, so this Daniel Fast meal plan will abstain from animal-based foods like meat, eggs, and dairy. What you can eat includes an abundance of vegetables and fruit. You may also eat whole grains if you tolerate them, as well as nuts and legumes. (This meal plan will include some gluten-free grains.)
Daniel Fast oils can include those that are plant-based. Some sites say to avoid any solid fats, but I’m ok with using coconut and palm oils, as well as any good plant-based fat, such as olive and avocado oils. One should not use too many seed- or nut-based oils due to their high omega 6 content, which can be inflammatory.
Think of the Daniel Fast as kind of a vegan Whole30. Like the Whole30, on the Daniel Fast, you will avoid dairy, meat, eggs, and sweeteners. However, you may include whole grains. The Daniel Fast meal plan below will include some gluten-free grains and some recipes include dates or date paste.