Sooooo, what's the Daniel fast?
In the Bible, Daniel rejected the foods that the King of Babylon set before him. Likely, the meats were animals that had been sacrificed to idols and gods other than the God of Israel. Daniel and his three companions refused to pollute themselves with the King’s delicacies. The principal court official got worried that these young men would become weak. The King would not be happy with this because these young men, along with several other Israelite captives, had been hand selected as the best of them all. He wanted them trained to serve in the palace.
Eating these foods would mean defiling himself before his God, so Daniel requested that the court official give him and his companions a diet of “vegetables and water” for 10 days as a test. At the end of the 10 days they were in better health than the other captives who had been eating the rich food of the King. They went on to have very prominent positions in the King’s service.In other words, I will be going on a vegan diet.
And what are you allowed to eat?
On this fast, I will only eat fruit and vegetables alone with nuts, seeds, brown rice, oats and barley. I will also include legumes (beans) in this fast as well. I will only drink water and decaffeinated green tea. Some people are more strict and some are less. This is what I will be doing.
Foods that I am avoiding:
All meat and animal products including but not limited to beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish.
All dairy products including but not limited to milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.
All sweeteners including but not limited to sugar, raw sugar, syrups, molasses, and cane juice.
All leavened bread including Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods.
All refined and processed food products including but not limited to artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.
All deep fried foods including but not limited to potato chips, French fries, corn chips.
All solid fats including shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.
Beverages including but not limited to coffee, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.