Our September 2014 Challenge will be a Modified Daniel Fast. I believe that this fast can really help with food addictions and emotional eating. I encourage you to do some internal work during this fast. That could be traditionally religious practice or whatever is spiritual to you. That could be writing in your journal, prayer, meeting with a supportive group, making a vision board, walking in nature or meditating. It’s up to you how you connect mind, body and soul, but my hope is that you will be able to see food more as nourishment and fuel and less like an addictive agent or something “bad”.
GOAL: Avoiding the Food for Pleasure and Comfort Mindset
For September, We will eat a limited group of foods and let go of the need to have a lot of variety. We will commit to stop using food for pleasure or as medicine for our emotions. We will do this fast for 14-21 days. It’s up to you how long you follow this plan, but 14 days is the minimum I suggest to see real benefits.
- I want US to really understand how much food many be controlling us.
- I want US to analyze our reactions to cutting back on the foods we’ve been self medicating with.
- I want US to challenge ourselves and look within.
- I want us to be forced to turn to something else, something fulfilling, instead of food in September.
ARE YOU READY?!? Sign-up:
- Leave a comment below noting that you are committed to joining us.
- KEEP A JOURNAL of what you eat daily.
- You may also want to sign up for our email list if you haven’t already so that you get all of the challenge updates (sign up box on the right)
Note: As with all of our food related challenges, I don’t suggest a drastic change like this for people who are chronically ill, have diabetes or are pregnant. If you have any medical issues, you should always seek out a doctor or medical professional before participating in a fast or changing your diet drastically.
What is a Daniel Fast? A Daniel fast is a biblically-based, vegetarian centered fast that has been around for years (However, we will add more protein sources). You may have participated in one with your church family and it is commonly done at the beginning of the year as a congregational fast. Over the years, it has become a very popular fasting program for all people, regardless of faith or tradition. You don’t have to be a religious person and prescribe to a faith tradition to take part.
Traditionally with a Daniel Fast you…
- Eat Any Vegetables (canned, frozen, fresh, dried, etc)
- Eat Any Fruits (canned, frozen, fresh, dried, etc)
- Eat Any Nuts and Seeds (including nut milks like almond milk)
- Eat Any Beans
- Drink only WATER.
For our Modified Daniel Fast we are going to add a few things so that the plan works better for those who are working out. These changes will also be helpful to those coming off of our 14 Day Smoothie Detox Challenge from last month. We will add…
- Lean Meat twice a day, like Chicken, Fish, Turkey, Bison, Pork, Lamb etc. (This is for those who eat meat. If you are vegan or vegetarian, you would of course continue with that lifestyle)
- Tofu and Soy Protein Products
- Protein Powder of your choice (the most natural you can find that is not full of extra chemicals and fillers)
- Cottage Cheese
- Greek Yogurt
- Whole Grain Cereal/Low Sugar Granola
- Whole Grains – Quinoa, Barley, Oatmeal, whole grain brown rice
- Quality Oils – olive, canola, various vegetable oils like grape seed, etc
- Natural Seasonings, Herbs and Condiments (vinegar, Ms. Dash, sea salt, fresh herbs, etc)
- Herbal Tea made at home (drink without sweeteners)
If you want to stick with the more simplified, traditional vegan Daniel Fast, that’s good too.
The NO List: No bread, No crackers, No processed sugar (candy, ice cream, cookies, cake, etc), No white flour, No dairy cheese, No fried food, No alcohol and No soda. Limit your dairy to just cottage cheese, greek yogurt and whey protein powder. Avoid sweeteners like agave, honey and stevia during this challenge.
To Do List
- Create a grocery list before you shop so that you have a plan going into the land of temptation.
- Don’t go to the grocery store hungry or while emotional. That can affect your purchases.
- Buy a journal or use an app like myfitnesspal.com to track your meals.
- For this challenge you will need to create a list of meals that you can have for breakfast, lunch, dinner and meals/snacks in between. YOU SHOULD REPEAT THE SAME CLEAN MEALS! Believe me, it will make this fast much simpler. Here are some ideas.
- Buy lunch box ice packs and an insulated lunch bag. You will likely need to prepare your meals at home and take them on the go
- Buy a water bottle so that you carry water at all times.
- Buy glass mason jars so that you can carry smoothies with you to work and on the go.
- Look at menus online before going out to eat so that you know what foods are available that work with this plan. When in doubt, have a salad.
I will be posting tips, recipes and advice for dealing with food addiction and emotional eating this month, so stay tuned and check your inbox. If you haven’t signed up for our email list, sign up today (box on the right).
Here is the first exercise: Exercise #1: Letting Go of Our Favorite Foods
Free Recipe Sites You Should Check Out:
BTW…here are scriptures the fast is based on: Daniel 1
8 But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. 9 Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel, 10 but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.”
11 Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, 12 “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” 14 So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.
15 At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. 16 So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.