The Daniel Fast-An ExplanationPosted: December 20, 2012
What Have I Been Up To?
The last three weeks have been a bit of a blur. The hubby and I have just completed a crazy journey. We’ve been doing a lot of soul-searching and working to better our minds, bodies and spirits.
This is part of the reason why I haven’t been blogging as much as usual. I needed to temporarily shift my focus. I can tell you that it did me (and the hubs!) a world of good.
It’s been a time of reading, listening, writing, meditation and prayer, but it’s also been a time of cleaning house, if you will.
We just completed the Daniel Fast.
I have been hesitant to write a post about this because I honestly don’t think a lot of people would get it or understand our reasoning to try it. It’s something very personal and obviously not for everyone. As hesitant as I was to do a post on this, I feel like I have so much to say!
This isn’t a typical “fast”, rather it’s a restrictive diet based on scripture. Fasters are to follow a very specific diet.
The best way to describe it is “vegan, with even more restrictions.”
The fast consists of limiting any and all meat and dairy products. So no animal products, period-this includes honey and you’ll see why in a moment.
You are also cutting out any added sugars/sweeteners (including honey, stevia and agave nectar…etc.) and processed foods.
Basically, you’re doing a lot of label reading-if there is any type of sugar or un-whole item in the ingredient list, it’s out. For us, this even included a vegan vegetable stock!
This plan really forces you to eat real, “whole” foods. And to experiment in the kitchen. Always a good thing!
No bread. Or anything with leavening agents (yeast, baking powder, etc.). So again, lots of label reading. No crackers.
On top of that, you can only drink water. No soda, no tea, no alcohol, no juice. No coffee. Yes, I did not drink any coffee for three weeks. And I lived to tell about it!
Typically, you do the fast for 21 days, but you can extend it or shorten it depending on your goals and needs. We did the full 21 days.
To say that it was tough would be an understatement…but it wasn’t hard for the reasons I thought it would be. There were a few social functions that were a bit stressful, but we got through.
There is a book by the creator of the website, Susan Gregory, I haven’t read it but I linked the image to her site.
I can tell you that I spent plenty of time perusing the website and I did sign up for her daily devotionals. The devotionals were really good to have, and I received one on each of the 21 days. Some days it was a bit spooky because the subject would go hand in hand with something I was going through that day.
If you do sign up for the devotionals, you will get a few extra emails as well… but it’s easy to unsubscribe. I haven’t gotten another email since we completed the fast.
The website also has a blog and some recipes, as well as a place to buy some of the books written by Susan Gregory. It also gives a detailed explanation of the fast, tips, advice and a comprehensive guide of what is and isn’t allowed. Obviously, if you have any health issues, consult a doctor before beginning this fast as you would any other health plan.
Again, we didn’t do this as a “diet,” we did it as a refocus. Yes, our eating habits changed a little bit, but for the most part it wasn’t a huge shift.
Because I have so much to say, I’ll be writing two more posts about the experience. The next one will focus on food and the last will be an overview of my personal experience.