The Daniel Fast is a plant-based partial fast. It is based on the Prophet Daniel when he was under the rule of Babylonian kings for their personal service. Daniel recorded three occasions of fasting, though he likely fasted many more times since he was a man of God. Daniel 10: 2, 3 is where we find the model for the 21-day Daniel Fast. From this passage, guidelines have developed over the years, primarily by Christians who use this as a form of fasting. The Daniel Fast has grown in popularity over the last 3 or 4 years as it’s been championed by many.
Do's & Don'ts
Natural Foods Only: This would include breads (only 100% Whole Wheat Bread allowed) and sugars (only 100% Natural Cane Sugars).
No Meat: All animal products are restricted on the Daniel Fast. That includes meat, poultry, and dairy products (milk, eggs, cheese, butter, etc.). Only fish on weekends Fridays at 6pm to Sundays at 6pm.
No Wine: This restriction, coupled with previous fasts where Daniel drank only water (which is typical for biblical fasting), is where today’s Daniel Fast finds its roots for water only. Fruit and vegetable juices and all natural juice are acceptable.