What is a Daniel Fast?

Here is the Daniel Fast guideline that we will follow as defined by Susan Gregory in her book “The Daniel Fast.” The Daniel Fast is a partial fast in which some foods are restricted. It’s a biblically based fast fashioned on the experiences of the prophet Daniel. The Daniel Fast is based on Jewish fasting principles and the experiences of the prophet in Daniel 1 and Daniel 10. In Daniel 1:12 we read Daniels request to the steward;

Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us pulse to eat, and water to drink.” (KJV)

Pulse was food that originated from seed, including legumes and fruit. Daniel also requested that they drink only water. This reference is what anchors the Daniel Fast as a plant-based eating plan with the only beverage being water. Since the diet is totally plant based, no animal products are consumed including fish, shellfish, dairy products, or eggs.

In Daniel 10:3 we learn that during a time of great mourning, Daniel also abstained from meat, “pleasant” food, and wine. It’s on the basis of this account that we eliminate sweeteners, candy, desserts and alcohol from the Daniel Fast. Sweeteners include sugar, honey, agave nectar, Sterna, cane juice, and syrups.

Because Daniel was a man of God, we can assume that he also followed Jewish fasting principles. Jewish people removed all leavening products from their homes and did not include them in recipes. So all leavening products are eliminated, including yeast, baking powder, and baking soda. All the food is all natural which eliminates man-made chemicals, artificial flavorings, and colorings, food additives and preservatives, and highly processed foods. We also use no stimulants, including Caffeine.

PULSE — a KJV word for vegetables, or edible seeds—a simple diet that Daniel and his friends requested instead of the rich dishes offered by the Babylonians (Dan. 1:12, 16; vegetables, NKJV).1

Further Reading:

The Daniel Fast – Susan Gregory


1 Youngblood, Ronald F., F. F. Bruce, R. K. Harrison and Thomas Nelson Publishers. Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary. Nashville: T. Nelson, 1995.

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