I'm back with an update to my last post. Since I last wrote I've been going full steam ahead with the Daniel Fast. Though I started a week later than intended, it's been a good experience thus far. Aside from an occassional headache, I haven't had any adverse physical effects. I'm finding that I am not missing certain foods like I thought I would, well maybe cheese. I love cheese; it is hands down my favorite food! I digress...my husband and I are doing this together which makes it equally as fulfilling. I feel like my mind has been clearer and I'm truly focused on connecting with God on a deeper spiritual level. All in all I'm excited to see where this journey takes me for 2013.
For those people who may be interested in doing this for personal health reasons only, I've listed below the foods that are/aren't allowed. This is referred to as the Daniel Diet, the same applies minus the spiritual aspect.
Foods to include
All fruits and vegetables. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. (Veggie Burgers are o.k.)
All whole grains, including but not limited to whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn.
All nuts and seeds, including but not limited to sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame. Also nut butters including peanut butter.
All legumes (beans). These can be canned or dried.
All quality oils including but not limited to olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, and sesame.
Beverages: spring water, distilled water or other pure waters.
Other: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices. (I personally have chosen to refrain from salt).
Foods to avoid
All meat and animal products including but not limited to beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish.
All dairy products including but not limited to milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.
All sweeteners including but not limited to sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice.
All leavened bread including Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods.
All refined and processed food products including but not limited to artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.
All deep fried foods including but not limited to potato chips, French fries, corn chips.
All solid fats including shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.
Beverages including but not limited to coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.
Whether you choose to do this as a fast or for dieting purposes, it is extremely important to READ ALL LABELS!
That's all for now! Enjoy and have an awesome weekend!