Food or Faith on Your Daniel Fast?

By December 28, 2016Daniel Fast 2017

Here is my heart cry: please, keep your Daniel Fast about your faith and NOT about the food!

As you look around the Internet and on Amazon for books and information about the Daniel Fast, you will find that most of them focus on the food! People are turning the Daniel Fast into a “Christian seasonal diet” and finding all kinds of ways to continue to feed the flesh while staying within the fasting restrictions. 

The huge problem with that is when you focus your attention on the food and how to make meals so pleasurable, you miss out on the amazing gifts God wants to give you! Instead of making this powerful experience a time to strengthen your faith and draw nearer to God, you spend your time, energy, and money on finding ways to make meals that give your flesh what it wants. 

In Hebrews 5, Paul teaches about this very kind of behavior among believers:

For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. Hebrews 5:12-14

Paul’s teaching about spiritual maturity! And as long as we stay immature, we stay weak and of little faith. We stay like baby Christians. 

The Bible defines fasting as, “restricting food for a spiritual purpose.” Please read those words carefully and let them soak into your consciousness. Let the Spirit call you to this power spiritual discipline so God can reveal to you truths, insights, and blessings. And don’t sabotage yourself by making the Daniel Fast about the food rather than about faith!

The Daniel Fast is a partial fast, where some foods are eaten and others are restricted. So we do need to give some attention to what we eat. But keep your meals simple. Don’t spend so much time preparing what some call, “delicious and satisfying Daniel Fast meals.” Delicious to what? Satisfying to what? The flesh! And then you miss out on what the Spirit of God has for you. 

Instead, focus on God and feed on His Word. Jesus teaches us, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4

As you prepare for your Daniel Fast, you have a choice to make. Will your fast be about food? Or will it be about faith? My sincere hope is that you will choose faith. 

Know that your Father loves you so very deeply and has so much He wants to give you. Open your heart to Him during your fast. He will feed your better and with more satisfaction than any food can ever do. 

Susan Gregory has been teaching about the Daniel Fast since 2007 and guided hundreds of thousands of individuals into their successful fasting experience. Her books are the bestsellers about the Daniel Fast and are available at local and online bookstores, including Amazon


  • Jessica says:

    Hi Susan God bless you, I have a question is soychorizo allowed on the fast these are the ingredients it has: Textured soy protein, water, soy oil, distilled vinegar, salt, spices, red pepper

  • Nicole F. says:

    Like so many, this is my first time participating in the Daniel’s Fast. Assumingly, this fast means various things to us all. As for me, I hope to gain better guidance and understanding of a new relationship that is prospering into the possibility of marriage, and to have a closer relationship with Spirit and it’s guidance. I even went as far to refrain from speaking with my love for the next three weeks in attempt to gain even more clarity, and show Spirit how serious I am to receive guidance. I’ve learned this fast is about sacrificing your most pleasurable activities as a method of showing God one’s seriousness to commune with Him.

    Today, was my first day, and low and behold, my internet with out in my apartment as well. I said to myself, “God, are you speaking to me? Is this your way of demanding my energy be focused on you?” I really wanted to post a message in a Daniel’s Fast community group, so I came to my apartment’s clubhouse for use of their computers.

    Please keep me in prayer as I will keep you all in prayer as well. Praying for our strength and discipline during the next few weeks.

  • Margaret Aturo says:

    Hi. This is my first time to do a Daniel Fast. I have been reading from different sources about the Daniel fast and I must say the scriptures are so foundational and encouraging.

    Am believing God for my fiancé’s financial breakthrough , our marriafe , my son’s salvation and wisdom and favour for me and my family .

  • Lorette says:

    This is my 1st time doing the Daniel Fast. Mainly for spiritual growth and physical healing. I need to follow a kidney friendly diet to avoid dialysis , and need to avoid high protein foods, high sodium, and high potassium foods. So some fruits and vegetables need to be restricted. I can’t eat soy either. I noticed that most recipes call for beans, tofu, tomatoes, potatos, etc. , which are high potassium foods. I don’t want to focus this time of fasting just on food, but am having a hard time coming up with what I can eat and what I can’t eat.

    • Susan Gregory says:

      Hi Lorette,

      You have special dietary needs so you may need to slightly alter the fast. Make sure you follow the guidance of your earthly physician as you pray to the Great Physician for complete healing!

      Just make the necessary changes with the understanding that it’s still fasting. You’re not feeding the flesh. Instead, you are caring for God’s temple (your body)

      • Cherie carmona says:

        Hi Susan I have a question, do you find you lose weight, and have you ever done any kind of exercise during?

        • Susan Gregory says:

          The Daniel Fast is a very healthy way to eat. If you follow the plan like I lay out in the book, you can exercise with no problem. Many people do drop unwanted pounds during the fast.

          Be blessed

  • Rhea says:

    Is it okay to skip meals when doing Daniels Fast? I don’t usually eat breakfast and sometimes skip lunch/dinner.

    • Susan Gregory says:

      Yes, you can skip meals. However, make sure you take care to not get so hungry that you depart from the fast and fall to the temptations of the flesh.

      Be blessed.

  • Jessica says:

    This is brilliant ! Thank you for sharing. I started the fast on the 1st of Jan, along with fasting tv series. It’s challenging at times. Especially when the body craves or I get bored, but it draws me to Him and I already feel my Spirited is lifted. May we keep the main thing the main thing and not lose sight why we fast. God bless 🙂 xx

    • Susan Gregory says:

      So much of the fast is confronting our flesh and helping us submit more of ourselves to the Lord. It’s a great time of exercising our faith and getting stronger and more commited to our resolve to follow Christ.

  • Queen says:

    Thank you, I am learning a lot about Daniel fast that I didn’t know and I want to do it right this time.

  • Cherie says:

    Hi again😀 I have another question. Do we just eat 3 meals a day or do we have healthy snacks throughout the day as well? I apologize if this seems like a silly question. This is my first fast…

    • Susan Gregory says:

      Hi Cherie,

      You can have snacks. There really isn’t any restriction on the amount of food you eat. However, you do want to keep in mind that it’s a fast. So overeating is not appropriate during your fast (or anytime, really 🙂 ).

  • Cherie says:

    I’m truly was very excited to do my 1st fast ever. I’m trying to prepare but now I’m feeling very overwhelmed. I really want to stick to this and not make it about the food but I’m feeling nervous that I’m going to mess it up. I’m a bit confused over Almond milk. Does it have to be homemade? I’m allergic to soy, beans and wheat. The wheat doesn’t bother me because I can work around that. The allergist said I could reintroduce the beans back one at a time to see how I’ll respond to them as he didn’t pinpoint which one I’m allergic to. I hope it doesn’t affect me because I’d love to try the recipes I’ve seen that require beans and tofu. Also why is it that one other daniel fast I’ve read about allows some honey and cane sugar and the like? I’m just confused. Sorry to babble on and on …

    • Susan Gregory says:

      First of all, there is a lot of erroneous information “out there” about the Daniel Fast. I’ve been teaching and researching the fast since 2007. All I teach is grounded in the Scriptures, Daniel’s fasting experiences, and typical Jewish fasting principles. There are no sweeteners on the Daniel Fast . . . including honey, cane sugar (which is where sugar comes from), date honey (which is used as a sweeteners even if it’s made from dates), stevia, etc. If it’s a sweetener, it’s not allowed on the fast.

      Keep your meals simple. Don’t get overwhelmed or get too frustrated about the fast. Have 3 breakfast options. A few lunch options (left overs are great). Five or six dinner options (soup and salad is perfect). And a couple snack choices (nuts, fruit, veggies with hummus). That’s it! Don’t complicate it. Simple and easy.

      I hope this helps.

      • Sue says:

        What are the breakfast choices on this fast?

        • Susan Gregory says:

          Muesli with fresh or dried fruit and unsweetened plant-based milk.

          Rice cakes with peanut butter, fresh fruit.

          Berry smoothie made of frozen berries, plant based milk, nuts.

          All Daniel Fast friendly, have protein, very nutritious.

  • Wendy L Falzano says:

    Thank You For Redirecting To the real purpose!

  • It is a privilege to know what to do. The Bible talks about perishing from a lack of knowledge. In this light I am grateful from the bottom of my heart for the followers of the way who keep up the website for people to fellowship, learn and pray. Bless God!

    • Susan Gregory says:

      Thank you, Rodney.

      God is so good and this is a powerful time of year as we focus on Him and strengthen our faith.

      Be blessed.

  • Xoliswa says:

    I am looking forward to the Daniel fast 2017 and growing closer to God. Thank you for the support and this blog which is a good guide to the Daniel fast

  • Sandy says:

    I look forward to drawing closer to God through this fast. I pray for the strength to be faithful to all that this fast requires and especially to developing a deeper relationship and faith in God through His word. Help me dear Lord as i seek spiritual enlightenment to endure to the end.

  • Michael says:

    So true! Be Blessed in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.

  • jan says:

    Hi Susan…so nice hear your words of wisdom remind us to focus on our faith giving up our food pleasures fasting for Him.

  • Stacy Davis says:

    I am truly excited about starting this fast. The year 2016 brought so much pain and sorrow to my life, I just want to let go and let God. I usually fast with my best friend; however, she died this year. I praise God for what He is about to do….

  • Danuta says:

    This is an excellent article which I have always believed! One can be very greedy and appealing to the flesh even on a Daniel Fast. We can also fast from TV Facebook etc. Can’t wait to start! Thank you for leadIng and encouraging us. God bless you! \0/

    • Susan Gregory says:

      Yes, this is so true Danuta.

      By the way, “fasting” is always about restricting food for a spiritual purpose. Abstaining from TV, Facebook, etc. is and excellent plan and a good exercise to conquer the flesh and to give more time for prayer and study. But it’s not fasting according to the Bible.

      Be blessed on your fast as you draw nearer to God and His ways.

  • Maricar says:

    These are awesome wisdom! Thanks for writing this. I am new to fasting cuz God just changed my heart recently and He made it wanting to desire more of Him and He revealed to me thoughts about fasting! 🙂 thank you again for sharing this. God bless you! 🙂

  • Harriet says:

    This is so true may the Lord continue to bless you with divine wisdom and favour.

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