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FASTING

The goal of fasting is to draw nearer to God. Biblical fasting always has to do with eliminating distractions for a spiritual purpose; it hits the reset button of our soul and renews us from the inside out. It also enables us to celebrate the goodness and mercy of God and prepares our hearts for all the good things God desires to bring into our lives. It is very important to know your body, and your options, and, most importantly, to seek God in prayer and follow what the Holy Spirit leads you to do.

THE DANIEL FAST

The Book of Daniel recounts the dietary restrictions of the Israelite youths chosen by the Babylonians for education that set them apart from the others and gained them not only good health but favor with Nebuchadnezzar. 

Allowed:

 

Not Allowed:

– Vegetables: all fresh, frozen, dried, juiced, and canned vegetables
– Fruit: all fresh, frozen, dried (with no added sugar), juiced and canned fruit 
– Whole grains: amaranth, barley, brown rice, buckwheat, bulgur, millet. Freekeh, oats, purple rice, wild rice, whole wheat, spelt, forghum, rye, quinoa
– Beans and legumes: black beans, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, lentils, peanuts, pinto beans, split beans, black-eyed peas
– Oils: coconut, olive, sesame, etc., but not for deep-frying
– Nuts and seeds: almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, sunflower seeds, soy nuts, sesame seeds, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, pine nuts, pistachios, poppy seeds
– Unleavened bread, herbs, spices, and seasonings
– Beverages: water, some fruit juice, unsweetened non-dairy milk

                                            

– Alcohol

– Added sugars: any foods with added sugar are prohibited, agave, artificial sweeteners, brown sugar, cane juice, corn syrup, honey, sugar, molasses, etc.

– Meat: beef, bison, chicken, goat, lamb, pork, turkey, fish

– Dairy: butter, cheese, cream, milk, yogurt, eggs

– Yeast: this includes all leavened bread
– Refined grains: white rice, white flour
– Processed food: any food with artificial flavorings, colorings, chemicals, additives, and preservatives are prohibited

– Fried food: corn chips, potato chips, French fries, fried vegetables (tempura) etc.

– Solid fats: butter, lard, margarine, shortening

– Chocolate: milk chocolate, semi-sweet, dark, syrup, cacao

– Caffeinated drinks

 

Other Types of Fasts

Complete Fast
In this type of fast, you drink only liquids, typically water with light juices as an option.

Selective Fast
This type of fast involves removing certain elements from your diet. Like removing alcohol, caffeine, or sugar.

Partial Fast
This fast is sometimes called the “Jewish Fast” and involves abstaining from eating any type of food from sunup to sundown.

Soul Fast
This fast is a great option if you do not have much experience fasting food or fasting things like social media or television.