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November 28, 2013 3:16 pm

Jewish Prophet Daniel Inspires Weight Loss Diet

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An image of a typical vegetable-based diet in Jerusalem.

The Daniel Fast, named after the Old Testament prophet, recommends eating fruit, vegetables and whole grains and drinking water, while avoiding meat, fish, bread and sweetened or processed foods,the UK’s Daily Mail reported on Thursday.

Susan Gregory, author of The Daniel Fast, told the newspaper that the plan is drawn from the Book of Daniel, which describes the prophet’s response to a command from King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon to eat the same food he was eating to gain strength. But Daniel refused the king’s menu, saying it had not been prepared according to Jewish standards.

The Book of Daniel (1:8) says, “But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king’s meat, nor with the wine which he drank.”

Instead, Daniel vowed to eat nothing but foods grown from seeds and drink only water. Later, Daniel fasted again while seeking God’s word on the future of Israel and described this fast as involving no meat, wine or leavened bread, according to Gregory’s account to the Daily Mail.

The Book of Daniel (10:3) says, “I ate no delicacies, no meat or wine entered my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, for the full three weeks.”

These biblical descriptions of Daniel’s fasts formed the basis of her diet.

In an interview, Gregory described The Daniel Fast as a “vegan diet with even more restrictions,” which includes avoiding caffeine, chemicals and sugar, which she says can ease headaches, leg cramps and fatigue. The diet can also lead to lower cholesterol levels and balance blood sugar levels, as well as weight loss and “a general feeling of well-being,” Gregory said.

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  • david

    I thought God protected David in the lions den, not his diet. The roman’s fed christians to the lions and they were always eaten. A reasonable conclusion is God protected jews 2500 years ago, but not Christians 1600 years ago. Does God protecte anybody now?

    • Yes He does protect anyone that calls on the Lord Jesus……at that very second ….i know because he said so. and he saved me Several times..even spoke audibly to me saying “Lee dont panic push yourself away from the boat……alot happen in between while He steadly Calmly repeated the same thing …then i felt aq hand on my right forearm (that i still feel today 31 years later) and he wisked me waist high out of the raging river to my right . I looked to see who was attached to that hand on my arm and No one was there…..July 4th 1982 Kern River California…he saved both my unborn son & me that day….i will Never forget…Shalom….:)

  • Walter Hilliger

    Just because people eat everything these days, doesn’t make it “a fast”. Daniel didn’t avoid caffeine, whose coffee beans are fruitarian because they come from “seed bearing fruits” of trees; nor sugar that comes from “cane” plantations, etymologically related to the biblical Hebrew word “KaNeH”(reeds)used as sugar since time immemorial.
    The sages said, when Daniel was thrown into the pit of the lions he was saved because he didn’t eat the king’s forbidden foods (Zohar I, 191a). Had the lions smelled any meat in his body odor it would have boosted their animalistic appetite.