My wife and I began to go to yoga and we began a dietary fast together. The fast was referred to as the “Daniel Fast” which consisted of plant based foods, fruit and vegetables, legumes, nuts and whole wheat.
The Daniel Fast is a biblically based partial fast. It is a method of fasting that men, women and young people all over the world are using as they enter into the spiritual discipline of prayer and fasting.
There are two anchoring scriptures for the Daniel Fast. In Daniel 1 the Prophet ate only vegetables (that would have included fruits) and drank only water. So from these scriptures we get two of the guidelines for the fast; only fruits and vegetables and only water for a beverage.
In Daniel 10 the Prophet ate no meat nor any precious breads or foods and he drank no wine for 21 days. So from this scripture, we get a third guideline; no sweeteners and no breads.
Another important guideline is drawn from Jewish fasting principles, where no leaven is used during the fast. So that’s why yeast, baking powder and the like are not allowed on the Daniel Fast.
Finally, with all the above puzzle pieces, no artificial or processed foods or any chemicals are allowed on the Daniel Fast.
Every morning, my wife and I would gather up our favorite fruits, nuts and vegetables and chop and blend them. She completed 21 days of the fast and remarkably quit drinking the volumes of coffee she drank prior to the fast.
I completed 15 days of the fast but discovered through my family physician that I might have been shorting myself in the diet of amino acids and protein. I began to eat tuna, eggs and oat meal. When I stopped the Daniel Fast, my diet did not change dramatically though. I still juiced once a day, ate legumes, whole grain rice and avoided processed foods, milk and red meat.
I remember feeling excited to get my 90 day chip. It was October 27th, my mother’s birthday. My wife joined me again and I was grateful. I had already received a 90 chip from my sponsor a couple of weeks earlier and when they gave me my other 90 day chip at the meeting, I turned around and gave it to another who was celebrating their 90 days of sobriety. This was a good experience – a chance for me to give back.