You’re curious about what foods are forbidden on the Daniel Fast. The Daniel Fast is a partial fast based on the Biblical story of Daniel’s refusal to eat the king’s diet, as well as Daniel’s spiritual experiences. This is the model for the foundational principles of what is allowed and not allowed on Daniel Fast. The foods to eat on the Daniel Fast are rooted in the Bible.
Foods Not Included in the Daniel Fast
- Animal products of any kind are excluded from the Daniel Fast, including: meat, poultry, fish, dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt, butter), eggs (including mayo)
- Processed foods
- Foods with added sugar (pastries, donuts, candy, cakes, granola bars, etc.)
- Sugar substitutes (including stevia)
- Leavened bread (including pita)
- Caffeine (including coffee, tea and energy drinks)
- Fried food
The Bible states on two occasions that Daniel fasted and “ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth” (Daniel 10:3). He also said, “and let them give us vegetable (pulses) to eat and water to drink” (Daniel 1:12). Most interpret these scriptures to translate to Daniel’s plate including only delicious and nutritious whole plant foods in their most natural state.
A wonderful aspect of the Daniel Fast is that you are physically detoxing while spiritually recharging. When you’re fasting from pro-inflammatory foods and digging deep into prayer and devotional time with God, the Daniel Fast facilitates a reset in your life. Like Daniel, millions of people around the world can attest to experiencing the power that whole plant foods have on the body and the spiritual alignment that comes through devotion and prayer.
If you want to see what you CAN eat on the Daniel Fast, check out this Daniel Fast Food List. You can also get access to a free downloadable pdf.
Learn more about the purpose of the Daniel Fast.