What if I told you that I have a plan that can have you looking and feeling better in just ten (10) days AND it saves you money. Would you want to try it?
|This Southwest Salad is an example
of a Daniel Fast lunch.
More ideas are below.
Good! Here it is: The Daniel Fast and it’s found right in the Bible in Daniel 1. This passage is the account of Daniel leading Hananiah (Shadrach), Mishael (Meshach) and Azariah (Abednego) in a vegetable fast because he wanted to be at his best physically, mentally and spiritually as he prepared to enter the king’s service. The king’s assistant didn’t buy it and was afraid they’d wind up with no meat on their bones (pun intended J). Yet the exact opposite happened. The Bible says “At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food.” – Daniel 1:15
It doesn’t get much more practical than this. If you want to look good, feel good, be sharper mentally and ready for your next big job or assignment, then try following Daniel’s example.
My husband and I have done it in the fall and spring for different reasons for several years. But this year was extra special because our oldest two children volunteered to join in because we timed it to end on the 2nd homecoming anniversary of our youngest. They were super committed even trying to figure out the best choices at school and making sure we didn’t cut them any slack. We were all praying to be fit to enter the King’s service, live out James 1:27 and thanking God for the blessing Joshua has been to each of us.
So if you are wondering what we ate here’s the deal: vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts and seeds. All foods with very low price points. A day in the life looked like this:
- Breakfast – Baked Plantain, Apple Sauce & Raisins ~OR~ Sweet Potato Smoothie
- Lunch– Pumpkin Soup & Salad ~OR~ Southwest Salad
- Snacks – Celery, Carrots, cherry tomatoes and hummus ~OR~ and handful of Almonds
- Dinner– Spaghetti Squash with Marinara and Canelli Beans and Steamed Broccoli & Cauliflower ~OR~ Vegetable Chili garnished with sliced roasted potatoes and Hummus
- Dessert– Frozen Bananas & Grapes ~OR~ Sliced Apples and Sunbutter
|Spaghetti Squash, Marinara Sauce Canelli Beans
with Steamed Broccoli & Cauliflower
There are tons of websites and even a few books with plans for a 10, 21, or longer fasting period with various menus that may include grains and some even fish. You can mix it up with a vegetable only day or fruit only day. When you add fasting from media every evening you give yourself even more time for reflection. The point is NOT the food. It’s the Spiritual focus.
If 10 days is too much, then why not pick one (1) day to try it or try 10 days eating like Daniel for one meal a day. It could only help!