We are starting on January 1st. Some people choose to start on the first Sunday of the new year. What I’ve seen, is that most churches and people choose to start the second Sunday of the new year. Any choice is fine. The list below is adapted from several I’ve found online. It’s really meant to be a suggestion. You don’t want to get legalistic about your lists. That might very well defeat the whole purpose. Make sure your heart is in the right place, but don’t go easy on yourself either. I’ll have a caffeine headache for a few days too!
Foods to include in your diet during the Daniel Fast…
All fruits: These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned (watch for added sugar).
Apples, Apricots, Avocados, Bananas, Berries, Blackberries, Blueberries, Boysenberries, Breadfruit, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Coconuts, Cranberries, Dates, Figs, Grapefruit, Grapes, Grenadine, Guava, Honeydew, Melons, Kiwi, Limes, Mangoes, Melons, Mulberry, Nectarines, Oats, Olives, Oranges, Papayas, Peaches, Pears, Pineapples, Plums, Prunes, Raisins, Raspberries, Strawberries, Tangelos, Tangerines, Watermelon, Sprouts, Squashes, Sweet potatoes, Tomatoes, Turnips, Watercress, Yams, Zucchini, Lemons
Vegetables: These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned (watch salt content).
Artichokes, Asparagus, Beets, Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chili peppers, Collard greens, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Ginger root, Kale, Leeks, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Mustard greens, Okra, Onions, Parsley, Peppers, Potatoes, Radishes, Rutabagas, Scallions, Spinach, Sprouts, Squashes, Sweet potatoes, Tomatoes, Turnips, Watercress, Yams, Zucchini
Legumes: Dried beans, Black beans, Cannellini, Pinto beans, Split peas, Lentils, Black eyed peas, Green beans, Green peas, Kidney beans, Peanuts (includes natural peanut butter), Beans, Lentils, Lupines, White, Peas
Seeds: All nuts (raw, unsalted), Sprouts, Ground flax, Cashews, Walnuts, Sunflower, Sesame, Almonds, Natural Almond Butter
Whole Grains: Whole wheat, Brown rice, Millet, Quinoa, Oats, Rolled Oats, Plain Oatmeal- not instant, Barley, Grits (no butter), Whole wheat pasta, Whole wheat tortillas, Plain Rice cakes, Popcorn
Liquids: Water (spring, distilled, filtered), Unsweetened Soy Milk, Herbal (caffeine free) Tea, 100% Fruit/Vegetable Juice (no added sugar)
Other: Tofu, Soy products, Herbs, Small amounts of Honey, Small amounts of Sea Salt, Small amounts of Ezekiel Bread, Small amounts of Olive Oil, Spices (read the label to be sure there are no preservatives)
Foods to Avoid:
All animal products including all meat, poultry, fish…
White rice, White bread, All deep fried foods, Caffeine, Coffee (including decaf b/c contains small amount of caffeine), Carbonated beverages, Energy drinks, Foods containing preservatives and additives, Refined foods, Processed foods, Food additives, Refined sugar, Sugar substitutes, Raw sugar, Syrups, Molasses, Cane juice, White flour, Margarine, Shortening, High fat products, Butter All, leavened breads, Baked goods, All dairy, Milk, Cheese, Yogurt, Cream, Eggs, Alcohol, Mayonnaise