My Daniel Fast Experience

This was my first religious fast. I fasted with a church I went to years ago, but at the time I didn’t really understand fasting and I was doing it from a weight loss perspective more than anything else. I hated that fast and in the end I didn’t feel like I got anything out of it.

This time around I prayed about it beforehand. It was something that was just on my heart. I wanted to do it and my intention for the fast was to deepen my relationship with God. I had prayer requests that I prayed throughout the fast as well.

The Daniel Fast plan that I followed was basically a vegan diet, plus no sweeteners (natural or artificial) and only water to drink. Despite it being a really strict diet, I wasn’t really tempted to cheat. It was really hard for me to give up caffeine and I craved coffee and tea the entire time, though.

I have to say, all of the meals I had were really delicious and I will definitely be making them all again. I really enjoyed the food I ate and because I wasn’t eating anything processed or sugary or fake, the flavors came alive. I’ll link to all the meals I made at the bottom of this post.

Spiritually, I definitely felt more connected to God throughout my fast. It sort of felt like I could drown out secular “noise” with greater ease. My focus was sharpened while I was reading my bible and I noticed myself seeking out spiritually uplifting things more often. I’m horrible at sticking to diets as well, but fasting was much easier to maintain than a diet for me. I think that’s because it wasn’t for vanity’s sake or even for physical health. It was for my spiritual health and there was no way I could justify cheating myself out of that.

I did decide to break fast sooner than I had originally planned just because I was struggling to recover from a nasty cold, wasn’t sleeping well and had a really demanding schedule that were all draining me of energy. I decided revisit this fast later in the year when I’ve given my body a chance to heal.

I’m so glad I did this fast! It was a great way to start the new year and I definitely see myself using this again as a way to reset, refocus and deepen my connection with God. I totally recommend it, if you’ve been thinking about fasting. Even something as small as a one or three day fast is beneficial because it requires intentionality and discipline.

I hope the new year brings you joy, peace and purpose.

Thanks for stopping by!


New Year’s Bowls

Vegan Corn Chowder

Peanut Noodle Stir Fry

Mexican Quinoa

White Bean Mushroom Meatballs

Vegan Shepard’s Pie

Chickpea Salad



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