How to Do a Daniel Fast When You Work a 9-5 Job: Daniel Fast Tips for Beginners
Fasting is a spiritual tool used to get closer to God or to commission God’s assistance in an important situation.
Christians are to fast according to Jesus.
Individuals over the years have adapted to many different kinds of fasts such as social media fast, dry fast (no food or water), Daniel fast, fruit fast, and more.
The Daniel fast is taken from the book of Daniel in the Bible. He fasted for 21 days and ate no meat or rich foods.
The Daniel fast is similar to a vegan lifestyle which encompasses no animals or animal by-products.
The main sources of food include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. There is also no consumption of processed foods or added sugar.
It can be challenging when you have to leave the house consistently and need to prep your meals in advance.
This post will give you tips and tricks on how to complete your Daniel fast when you work a 9-5 job.
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The keys to successfully for completing your Daniel fast are God’s grace and preparation. This is why the meal prep guide I provided is so important because if you find yourself running out of ideas of what to eat or you do not have certain foods on hand, you are more likely to give in and give up.
Use the guide to brainstorm recipe ideas and items to buy at the grocery store BEFORE you fast. This will save you so much time and energy.
Take some time to look on YouTube or
Pinterest for recipes you want to try.
I usually search for vegan recipes or different types of salads without meat.
Jot down the food items you need to buy at the grocery store.
Food prep containers are also a life saver. When you finish cooking your food for the next few days or week, put them in the food contain and go.
I will literally pack my lunch bag with breakfast, lunch, and snacks for the day and put the entire lunch bag in the refrigerator. The next morning, I just grab and go along with my water bottle.
I do not have to think about if I forgot anything because it was all prepared the day prior.
Watch my video for recipe ideas
What to Expect
I have never done a Daniel fast prior to this and I truly underestimated how difficult it was. I ended up only completing 2 out of the 3 weeks.
When you are starting a fast that is brand new to you, start out small. When I fasted for the very first time without food, I only did one day. As time progressed I was able to complete several days at a time.
Do not feel discouraged when you see others fasting for longer periods of time than you are able to. We want to show God that we are able to complete the fast and are eager to draw closer to Him but you also need to listen to your body.
I thought to myself since on a Daniel fast you still get to eat whenever you want that it would be easy. I was seriously wrong. I have never gone without meat for a long period of time.
I found myself hungry after only a few hours and not wanting the food I already prepared.
If you are not use to eating fruits, vegetables, and whole grains constantly, you may feel the same way.
Other things you can expect while on this fast are headaches if you are an avid coffee drinker such as myself. I had a headache for 5 days straight when I started the fast but afterwards I was fine.
A great thing you may notice are less stomach aches. I realized that the foods I was eating never caused my stomach to hurt since they were natural unlike the processed foods.
Another tip is to get creative with your food prep. I found a great salad recipe mentioned in the video that I now eat even after the fast.
The reason why I was not able to complete my fast is because temptation got to me. There was a slice of pizza that looked and smell good.
I ended up eating the pizza and regretted it.
My best advice to you is that temptation is not even worth it. The pizza did not taste as great as it seemed.
The thing with temptation is that it looks, sounds, and feels amazing at first but then you are left with guilt after you have indulged.
Distract yourself by reading the word, prayer, or eating something else.
You will soon forget about what is tempting you if you remain intentional. Have a support system who will keep you accountable.
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