Well here we are again, getting ourselves acquainted with eating as nature intended. Many are getting ready to embark on the Daniel fast for spiritual benefits, as well as physical. I like to consider the Daniel diet the “diet with a promise,” for God declared that at the end of 21 days, the Hebrew boys would look more healthier than those that defiled themselves with the king’s pleasant foods. Just look back last month and you’ll get an idea of what pleasant foods are…just about everything that adorned our holiday table! I won’t saddle you with what you can’t have, but will focus on what you CAN have, which are:
vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, healthy oils, whole grains, water, and 100 percent juice.
Yep, that’s it in a nutshell. Say goodbye to foods that have added sugars of any kind, white flour, yeast, caffeine, and meats, but say yes to an abundance of life giving foods that will prove to be more nourishing to your whole self. That’s the beauty of whole foods; they give you the building blocks to nourish the whole body nutritionally. This is your opportunity to explore nature’s bountiful blessings and be creative on your plate. Look at every meal as a taste adventure, and not as a death sentence…although you will be dying to yourself daily. The amazing thing about the body is that if you give it wholesome things, it will crave wholesome things. That same principle applies spiritually as well. Bring your appetite under subjection, and your body will follow. It all starts in the mind.
Have you renewed your mind to accept the challenge set before you? If so, let’s go! We will start with our grocery list. Click on the home page hyperlink titled “Daniel-Style Grocery List” where I will give you the basics on what to have on hand to make fabulous meals, with most of the recipes found right here on this blog, and we’ll build from there. Here’s to your health!