Everyone (including me) begins their new year’s resolution of getting fit the first of the year. This year I decided to join my friend Kourt in doing the Daniel Fast. One goal for me this year is discipline, so I figured that it would work best to do it with a friend, especially one that I spent a lot of time with.
To begin this fast I needed to do some research as to what it is exactly.
The Daniel Fast or Daniel Diet is based upon the prophet Daniel’s dietary and spiritual experiences as recorded in the Book of Daniel in the Bible. It’s a partial fast that focuses very heavily on vegetables and other healthy whole foods, but leaves out any animal sources of protein. Many users of this biblically-based fasting method follow it for 21 consecutive days.
After doing the necessary research, I started going through pinterest boards to find meals and snacks that would keep my taste buds alert and that were healthy. We started at Soda City Market picking up some fresh vegetables and even a green drink from a local mobile juice bar. The next stop was Trader Joe’s.
At Trader Joe’s we specifically looked for things that were Vegan and we also read the labels to make sure that there weren’t any sugars hidden in them. Somethings were a hit and some were major misses. When it comes to vegetables, they should be fresh. You can definitely do frozen fruits and vegetables, but stay away from canned vegetables.
I decided that I would still eat seafood and eggs – I just can’t go without any meat.
Meal prepping is a major part of this – I didn’t get to meal prep like I wanted to on Sunday so I was scrambling the first three days trying to make sure I had enough food to eat and also if I had the right stuff to eat.
I had already stop drinking coffee on the 1st, just because I like to have coffee with my creamer, but I hadn’t completely gave up caffeine so I continued to drink my black tea (which has caffeine in it) so I wasn’t completely kicking caffeine like you are expected to do while doing the fast – you are suppose to drink only water!
When you think of changing your eating habits (or “going on a diet”), you always think about how hungry you’re inevitably going to get because there are so many things you can’t eat. The first two days I could never get full, but by day 4 I was finally feeling full after I ate a meal or even satisfied after eating a snack. Planning head of time also helps so that you aren’t hungry all the time.
Conclusion from week 1:
- Meal/snack prepping is MAJOR, but you will feel like you spend all your free time prepping and in my case loading/unloading the dishwasher. I was in the kitchen about 45 mins to an hour every night. Arguably, this is the most essential part of the fast.
- Eating out is pretty limited, which is good on my wallet (although buying healthy food can be expensive).
- My GI system was stable and regular!!
- My devotional time, became a necessary priority during this first week. I love the fact that my devotionals have been directed towards my body and what God’s purpose is for it.
Because this first week was a test, the next couple week I will be sure to share with you some foods I ate.