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What are some instructions for the Daniel Fast?

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The basic instructions for the Daniel Fast include eating only fruits and vegetables and drinking only water. The fast is a Bible-based food abstinence diet intended to strengthen the dieter's relationship with the God of the Bible. The fast is based upon the prophet Daniel's diet that he willingly undertook to show his allegiance to God during his Babylonian captivity.

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Approved Daniel Fast foods include all fresh, frozen or canned vegetables, fruits, nuts and legumes. Cooking oils, such as sesame, olive, canola, coconut, peanut and grapeseed oil, are also allowed on the diet. Distilled water, spring water and filtered water are the only acceptable beverages on the fast. However, unsweetened soy, rice, coconut and almond milk can be consumed if they are used as ingredients in Daniel Fast breakfast, lunch or dinner menu items.

Foods prohibited while on the Daniel Fast include meat, seafood, dairy products, yeast, leavened bread, processed or refined foods, and deep-fried foods. Daniel Fast dieters are also prohibited from eating shortening, lard or margarine, and drinking coffee, tea, alcohol, energy drinks or carbonated beverages.

The Daniel Fast diet also discourages the use of any sweeteners, including sugar, agave nectar, honey, molasses, cane juice, stevia or any type of plant syrup, such as maple syrup.

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