Although there are multiple types of fasting in the Bible, the two most common types are Normal Fast and a Partial Fast (most commonly called a Daniel Fast).
A Normal Fast is abstaining from all food, solid or liquid (except water) for a fixed period of time (Luke 4:2). Although this is the Biblical definition of a Normal Fast, many people have now adopted “fasting” things such as social media, T.V., etc.
A Partial Fast is abstaining from certain types of foods/drinks for a fixed period of time. This is where we get the Daniel Fast. This is one of the most prominent fasting styles because it requires an individual to remove certain aspects of their diet that would be considered ‘delicacies.’ (Daniel 10:3). Below are examples of a typical Daniel Fast Diet.
Water only — it must be purified/filtered; spring or distilled water is best
Homemade almond milk, coconut water, coconut kefir and vegetable juice
Vegetables (should form the basis of the diet)
Fresh or cooked
May be frozen and cooked but not canned
Fruits (consume in moderation 1–3 servings daily)
Fresh and cooked
Ideally low glycemic index fruits like stone fruits, apples, berries, cherries and citrus fruits
May be dried but should not contains sulfites, added oils or sweeteners
May be frozen but not canned
Whole grains (consume in moderation and ideally sprouted)
Brown rice, oats quinoa, millet, amaranth, buckwheat, barley cooked in water
Beans & Legumes (consume in moderation)
Dried and cooked in water
May be consumed from can as long as no salt or other additives are contained and the only ingredients are beans and water
Nuts & Seeds (sprouted are best)
Raw, sprouted or dry roasted with no salt added
Foods to Avoid
On the Daniel Fast, you should avoid consuming any of the other foods or beverages listed below:
Breads, pasta, flour, crackers (unless made from sprouted ancient grains)
Cookies and other baked goods
NOTE: Nutritional supplements are optional. If any are taken while on the fast then they would preferably be in line with the accepted foods/ingredients that are listed. Anyone interesting in beginning a fast for the first time should always consult their doctor or healthcare professional before starting.