1. I’m diabetic. Is it safe for me to do the Daniel Fast?
Consult your doctor. The Daniel Fast is an extremely healthy way of eating, and many people with diabetes have done the fast with success. Stay away from foods that are problematic and spike your blood sugar levels. If you have concerns about specific foods, again we recommend that you consult a nutritionist or doctor.
2. Will I experience any side effects?
Some people do experience side effects, such as bloating, headaches, fatigue, and muscle soreness as your body adjusts to the changes in your eating habits. Typically, these unpleasant symptoms will subside after the first few days. By the second week, many people feel a surge of energy once they’ve settled into the fast. Note: Drinking water can help flush out your system and bring relief more quickly.
3. Can I do the Daniel Fast while breastfeeding?
The Daniel Fast way of eating is extremely healthy and provides a wide range of nutrients for you and your baby. You can follow the plan without fear that you’re depriving your baby of important vitamins and minerals. Most moms are concerned about a lack of protein, which is understandable. But, if you’re intentional about it, you can actually consume a good amount of protein on the fast (15-20%) without taking in restricted foods (such as eggs, meat, yogurt, and cheese). However, some moms may choose to modify the fast to boost the protein (such as having yogurt as an exception). It really becomes a matter between you and the Lord. Here are some things to keep in mind:
1) Drink plenty of water. Adequate water intake is very important when you’re nursing.
2) It may take a few days for your body to adjust as it goes through a detoxification. If you feel weak, have a headache, or just plain lethargic, you will feel better! Usually after 3-4 days, people get a surge of energy and the side effects are minimal. Some fortunate people don’t even have side effects at all!
3) Examples of Daniel Fast friendly protein-rich foods: Beans, lentils, nuts, seeds, peas, kale, and tofu. Beans and rice together form a complete protein, so that gives you an extra boost.
Consult your doctor.