What is the Daniel Fast?

The Daniel Fast is a Biblical-based partial fast that’s often performed for 21 days (though 10 day and 40 day fasts are also common). The goal of the fast is not to be healthier or to lose weight, but draw closer to God. It’s meant as a cleansing to enhance spiritual health through simplifying your diet.

Daniel Fast recipes are essentially a whole food plant based diet (WFPB) with no bread or sweeteners. There are two passages (Daniel 1:12 and Daniel 10:12-13) that define the diet as:

  • Eating only fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds
  • Avoiding “choice foods” such as meat, dairy and sugars
  • Drinking only water

Important: There don’t have to be strict parameters for the Daniel Fast, there are some gray areas. Once you set on the rules for your own fast, stick to them.

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