The beginning of the new year is when many churches will invite their members to join them in doing a 21 day Daniel Fast. So let’s go back to the beginning: What does it mean to fast? “Fasting is a hunger for God that transcends and trumps other hungers in our lives.” So instead of running to the fridge or pantry we take that time to hunger and feed on God and not on our earthly desires. Cause let’s be real, cheese is a
need desire. That is one of the foods that is not allowed on the Daniel Fast. Here is a mini list.
As my daughter told me this morning, “you can’t eat anything!”
Here is a great resource I highly recommend if you’re struggling with what exactly you can and cannot eat.
Daniel Fast: Benefits for Your Spiritual, Emotional & Physical Health
“You may be familiar with the Daniel Fast already if you’ve read The Maker’s Diet Revolution by Jordan Rubin. The Daniel Fast only includes clean foods as described in Leviticus 11. Unclean foods in the Bible include things like pork and shellfish.”
There are multiple ways that you can fast. There is the popular intermittent fasting, where you only eat during certain hours, there is also only water fasts, juice fasts, etc. I wanted to share with you what kind of fast I have decided to do. I’m hoping I can help you if you’re wanting to do one as well. I really want you to listen to the Lord and what He is calling you to do.
The first thing I will tell you is that there is nothing special about January 1st. Just because a lot of people begin on that day does not mean you have to. A fast is between you and the Lord and that’s it!
The kind of fast I’m doing is very similar to a Daniel Fast. However, I am allowing oils and sweeteners (stevia). I’m allowing Stevia because I make a matcha tea and include adaptogens into it. I broke my wrist and had to have surgery back in September 2018. I was put on so many drugs and my focus is to cleanse my body from all of that. Of course, I will be praying for a deeper connection with Christ as well. I will be keeping a lot of this to myself, but there are so many believers that want to fast, but have never been taught how to. Just so you know, I keep it SUPER SIMPLE.
Macros are the essentials: protein, fat, and carbohydrate. I also add in fermented foods as these are very important in helping breaking up your food by adding in healthy bacteria. We’ll dive into that more later. I had some friends team up with me and come up with the name for the kind of dishes I make up. Introducing the Holy Macro Bowl! It sounds silly, and it is, cause it’s kind of a play on saying Holy Mackerel. I wanted to use the word Macro as it describes what I believe should be in every meal.
What is not allowed:
❌ meat 🥩
❌ dairy 🥛
❌ sugar 🍰
❌ bread 🍞
Each plate must include fruit 🍎& veggies🥦:
🍱 fermented food
My extra daily add-ins 📋:
📖 Bread before bread
💦 96 ounces water/day
🏃🏼♀️ 10k steps/day
I keep all of this on the Clear app on my phone so I an easily review and make sure I get everything done each day.
As you can see this is vegan type eating. Because I use a little bit of oil I am able to better digest things like broccoli, brussel sprouts, egg plant. I do try to keep things as raw as possible to get the most nutrition. I also use multiple kinds of sauces. My favorite has a swear word in the title soooooooo….it’s an almond dip. Do your research. It is fantastic and helps me to eat all the veggies! There’s also hummus, black bean dip, miso, etc. For a wonderful little dessert type thing there are coconut fat balls. I promise, all the recipes are coming!
In addition, it’s very important to drink all of your water. Half of your body weight in ounces of water. It helps to wash all the yuck out. By the way, I do not use this time to lose weight. That’s not the focus. If I do “yay,” but definitely not the focus of fasting at all. I’m trying to get the junk out – the toxins in my body, in my mind, and in my spirit.
Prayerfully consider fasting as an act of spiritual obedience. I, for one, am looking forward to drawing closer to God during this next month and taking care of this temple. I hope this helps you and I’m looking forward to getting through the next 21 days with you! Praying for lives and souls to be filled with His spirit during this time!