The Daniel Diet Versus The Daniel Fast. What Is It And How To Do It?
Fasting has become something that is mentioned in the Bible repeatedly as a way to get closer to God. You can read my blog here on fasting to get more in detailed information about why to fast and how to fast. You can also check out my blog on lent if you want to gather additional information about spiritual fasting as well.
A popular fast and/or diet (depending on what you want to call it) is the one from Daniel. I personally feel that there is a difference between the fast and the diet (which I will discuss below). But they are often used interchangeably. Before we get into how to do the Daniel fast we must first understand who Daniel is and what was the point of his fast and his diet.
“But Daniel said to the overseer whom the commander of the officials had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, ‘Please test your servants for ten days, and let us be given some vegetables to eat and water to drink.’ Then let our appearance be observed in your presence and the appearance of the youths who are eating the king’s choice food; and deal with your servants according to what you see”
You can read the full chapter one to get the entire picture. But basically Daniel was under the king’s care and the king ordered for the men under his care to be fed a certain diet to make them stronger. Daniel refused the king’s diet and suggested that he eat vegetables and drink water for 10 days instead. After the 10 days Daniel was stronger and healthier over the ones who did the king’s diet, which lead to everyone being on the diet.
“At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.”
So if you want to start the Daniel diet you can look at this verse and take if very literally. Meaning that the only thing that you will eat is vegetables and drink is water, and you can do it for ten days. More than anything the Daniel diet is about eating right and having good health. Unlike many other fast in the Bible when people limit their diet or fast to petition God for something (read my blog here on that).
The Daniel Fast
The second time we see Daniel limiting his food, it is more for a fasting reason:
“At that time I, Daniel, mourned for three weeks. I ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched my lips; and I used no lotions at all until the three weeks were over”
This was different in the way that this was more of a fast than a diet. Daniel got a vision of a great war and was in mourning. After which time he received a vision. Typically, with Biblical fasting something spiritual happens afterwards or you are wanting something spiritual to happen during the fast. In any case, if want to take on this rendition of the Daniel fast then you need to:
- Eat no food of choice
- No Meat
This is self-explanatory, eat no meat. But unlike the diet that Daniel went on before, I would think that eating fruits are okay. Since it did not specify to only eat vegetables.
- No alcohol
Which means do not drink wine, liquor, or alcohol.
Now that you have a better understanding of Daniel know that there are several renditions of this diet and/or fast. Some people include dairy some don’t. The main point that you can get from Daniel is that diet was to gain health and the fast is to be more spiritually fed. Of course you can do the diet to be spiritually fed, it is no one way to do this.
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Look below to see some interesting ways that you can still do the Daniel Diet.
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