Beginning & Ending Your Fast

It is very important to prepare your body ahead of time before beginning the fast. Take a week or so to transition into your fast; otherwise, you could get sick. For Example, start eliminating meat, white grains, and refined sugars from your diet the week before. Also start to cut back quite a bit on dairy products and some of your caffeine intake.

The same principle applies to breaking your fast. When your fast is over, add foods back in very gradually. Please don’t break your fast with a greasy cheeseburger! Because your body is so cleansed and detoxified, you will most likely get sick if you do that. There are also several supplements you can take that will help support the detox process during your fast. Your health- food store can give you recommendations.

Creating Your Personal Menu

Here are Links to few sample menus and recipes for your use. 

To keep your energy up throughout the day, it’s important to eat or drink every two and a half to three hours. If you go longer than that, you can experience an energy lull and be tempted to overstuff yourself at your next meal. Even with fasting on fruits and vegetables, overstuffing is never a smart thing to do.

It is very important to drink lots of water while fasting. Drinking about one hundred ounces of water per day will help to support your critical liver function. The liver is the filter for the body, so when you don’t drink enough water, the liver doesn’t function at its highest capacity.

Select your food items wisely. The key is to prepare a plan ahead, not to get legalistic about it, and to choose menu items well. 

FASTING AND EATING DISORDERS

If you have struggled with an eating disorder, Connect with us for support. Remember, fasting is a tool used to get closer to God. If the method of food fasting is going to cause you harm in any way, Consider another approach.

For instance, you can fast from television, reading (other than the Bible, of course), social media, or shopping, etc. There are many distractions and ways that we use to stay in control that we could eliminate from our daily routine. We do these things to distract ourselves from the real issues hurting us. If you can identify such other things, maybe you can give those up instead of food.

 

Remember that you are covered by God’s grace. God will show you what to do. His “yoke is easy” and His “burden is light” (Matt 11:30). His way will bring rest to your soul.

FASTING WHILE PREGNANT or Nursing

Strict fasting while pregnant or nursing is not recommended. If you are in this incredible season of life but would like to participate in the Daniel Fast, here are some great options for you to consider with the consultation of your health care provider:

  • a modified Daniel fast including whole grains, legumes, whey protein, calcium, and iron supplements or
  • fasting sweets and desserts or
  • fasting red meat or
  • fasting certain diversions (television shows, movies, social media—such as Facebook/Twitter, video games, and so on)

If you are a pregnant or nursing mother, your primary concern is the health and the development of the baby or babies. please consult your health care provider.