People everywhere are looking for ways to detox after the holiday season. One popular detoxification method is known as “fasting.” Fasting involves abstaining from certain foods in order to give the digestive system a rest and a cleanse. One such fast that is widely practiced during the month of January is the 21 day Daniel Fast- commonly used as a spiritual discipline of prayer and fasting. What can I eat or not eat on the Daniel Fast?
First of all, the Daniel Fast is simply a vegan diet. On a vegan diet, all meat and animal products are to be avoided. That means all dairy such as milk, yogurt and cheese are not permissible in the Daniel Fast. Also, solid fats such as margarine or butter; white flour or white rice; refined and processed foods; leavened bread containing milk and honey; baked goods; food additives and chemicals should be avoided. These foods may cause gas, bloating or other digestive disorders.
The good news about the Daniel Fast is that you can eat all day long, unlike some fasts that restrict eating after a certain hour. The following are examples of what you can eat during the 21 day Daniel Fast:
All fruits- fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Read the label- Should be sugar, additive and chemical free.
All vegetables- including veggie burgers, yams, okra and potatoes. Fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Read the label- Should be sugar, additive and chemical free.
All whole grains- brown rice, quinoa, grits, oats and whole wheat pasta.
All nuts and seeds- including peanut butter.
All legumes- ex. kidney beans canned or dried.
All quality oils- olive, canola, peanut, grapeseed and sesame.
Beverage- spring, distilled or pure water only.
Other- tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasoning, herbs and spices.
Try the Daniel Fast, and get started this weekend on your 2013 detoxification program. Stay fit & fabulous!