Preparing for the FastPray, Pray, and Pray Again. The focus of a fast should not be on what foods you are denying yourself, but instead focusing on developing a deeper connect with God...because the distractions are being eliminated.
Quick and Easy will not be common. You will quickly find that most of the prepared meals you find in grocery stores contain ingredients that are not acceptable for the Daniel Fast. Consequently, you will need to prepare most of your meals from scratch! Meal preparation can take more time during the Daniel Fast, but you can also adopt some habits to streamline this essential part of your fasting experiences.
Meal Planning. Plan all of your meals for one week. Make sure you have all the ingredients you need along with snack foods!
Invest in a CrockPot. Crock pots can costs as little as $10 and can be purchased at many retail, grocery and drug stores. This will allow you to make soups, stews and chili's as easily as putting the ingredients in the pot, walking away and coming back in a few hours to a meal.
Set a Cook Day. Many frequent people fasting use Saturday as the day to I plan all meals for the coming week and then cook several meals in advance. Making pots of soup, vegetable chili, chapatis and many other dishes. This saves hours of time and lots of frustration in the coming week, plus it's fun!
Salad Prep. Wash and trim all your salad ingredients as soon as you get home from the grocery store. Then store each item in a container for easy use later in the week. That way you can make a lovely salad in less than a minute because all the ingredients are already prepared!
During the Fast
Your Body Is Saying WTHeck! While the Daniel Fast will certainly benefit you physically, your body may do some kickin’ and screamin’ during the first few days! So don’t be alarmed if you experience light headaches, hunger pangs, or slight weakness. Your body might release an “unpleasant aroma,” both through the pores and your breath. (Contact your doctor if you are experiencing anything severe.)
There are a few things you can do to minimize the side effects.
Meanwhile, the withdrawal and detoxification symptoms should pass in a few days. Even your level of hunger will subside after your body becomes more accustomed to few calories and less food consumption.
- Vitamin C – an antioxidant that supports detox. It may also help to decrease some of the side effects of the Fast, such as mild headaches.
- Lemon – Lemon supports liver cleansing and is also refreshing to your mouth. Add lemon juice to salad dressings and include lemon slices in some of your water.
- Dry Skin – Using a body brush in the shower will help eliminate the dry flakes and actually promote blood flow.
- Water – Keeping well-hydrated has many benefits including flushing your body and reducing the physical feelings of hunger.