The Daniel Fast
I've been getting a lot of questions about this fast and what I'm eating on it. So I figured a post would best describe it instead of emailing everyone back the same answer!
Let me first start off with, this is a spiritual fast. It is something my church does every year and something I decided to partake in this year. The sole purpose of this fast is to deepen my relationship with God, grow more in my faith, and to rely solely on God's power. This is a life style change that has turned into something bigger since finding out health issues before the fast. This is NOT a diet. This is NOT a weight-loss tool. This fast is not for everyone. I am just sharing with you what I'm doing and why, it is nothing more than that. If you're considering doing this, please pray before taking that step and ask how He wants you to do it. There are different ways but the way I chose was the most strict and the one I felt lead to do. Obviously He was trying to tell me I'm allergic to gluten and dairy LOL But please, I am not taking this lightly and it is something I am quickly becoming passionate about. If you have questions or want prayer, please email me/leave a comment and we can talk!
Got it? Good. Okay, so it is pretty simple in regards to telling you what I eat and what my meals consist of. I eat only fruits and vegetables, I drink only water and a protein shake, and the occasional rice cake. I've also found "Justin's Nut Butter" which is all natural and gluten free so I am able to eat that as well. There is no dairy, breads, desserts, sugar, processed foods, or meat. No alcohol either. Which isn't a big deal because I don't drink. You can also have fresh juice (without preservatives and sugar).
I'm working on a post of gluten-free recipes that I've found, but won't be able to really try them or post about it until the fast is over since obviously I can't eat them now lol! I'm hoping I'll find a lot of options and supplements for things that I will be lacking since I don't plan on eating meat anytime soon unless it's deer. Because I know where that came from ha!
It's amazing the difference that I feel, the difference I see, and how open and clear my head is now. I feel really, really good. I feel light, I don't feel weighed down or sluggish and really I am not all that hungry. I pray a lot and at the beginning of the fast I had to pray quite often for focus lol and you know the crazy thing? It actually worked. I feel more at peace now that I'm in the middle of my fast than I have ever. It's hard for me to grasp how things were before and how crowded my head was.
Sure it's only been two weeks but y'all I'm telling you if you live with anxiety this is HUGE.
I've been sharing non-stop and have been getting that awareness out because I never, ever knew that gluten could do that. It never even crossed my mind that that could be my issue. I only wish I found out sooner because I have wasted so much time and so much money on fixing the "issue" when really I could have been doing this all along.
God is good! It IS a strict diet and the only thing that gets me through is praying and the peace that I receive when I continue on. I will forever be on this and forever be grateful for that push to start this fast!
Here is a PDF from my church on some ideas of what to eat. I think it's pretty helpful and detailed.
What are your thoughts? Honest thoughts! Let me know if you have questions!
Happy Friday Y'all!
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