The Daniel Plan*
The Daniel Plan was designed to be experienced in community, that is why we are challenging our church body to join us in this 21-day Daniel Plan.
The Daniel Plan is based upon the prophet Daniel’s dietary and spiritual experiences as recorded in the Book of Daniel in the Bible. It’s a partial fast that focuses very heavily on vegetables and other healthy whole foods, but leaves out any animal sources of protein.
What Is a Daniel Plan?
The Daniel Plan is a practical lifestyle program, designed to help you achieve health in every area of your life. It’s a gracious approach, encouraging you to take things one step at a time as you move steadily toward better health. You will quickly discover that small changes equal big results! As you follow the plan, you will be focusing on The Essentials: Faith, Food, Fitness, Focus, and Friends.
Faith: God is the power and the energy behind all transformational change and that includes making the lifestyle choices necessary for you to become healthy. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 (WEB).
Food: The Daniel Plan is about abundance; not deprivation. You will be invited to eat delicious whole foods that bring vitality and energy to your body and mind. Each healthy choice you make fuels your progress and motivates you to stay the course. So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 (NIV).
Fitness: The most effective form of exercise you can do to achieve abundant health is the one that you will actually do. We encourage you to discover movement that you will enjoy and repeat. Most importantly, have fun doing it! “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit …Therefore honor God with your bodies.”1 Corinthians 6:19a, 20b (NIV).
Focus: In a world where so many distractions compete for your attention, it is more important than ever to focus on God’s plan and priorities for your life. Express your gratitude to God and make the choice to dwell in God’s goodness; consistently reflecting on his truth and promises. “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2 (NIV).
Friends: When it comes to getting healthy, two are always better than one. The Bible says God created the universe in such a way that we need each other. One of our foundational beliefs is that “every body needs a buddy”. We truly get better together. “Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.” Ecclesiastes 4:9 (NLT)
For how long should I follow the Plan?
We desire that the whole church body joins us for 21 days. February 1st-21st. However, we understand if you can't join for medical or any other reasons. If this is your case, please consider joining us for 7 or 14 days.
It’s about abundance, not deprivation, and this is why the plan is both transformational and sustainable.
Is this even Biblical?
Yes. The Daniel Fast is specifically referenced in the Bible in two sections of the Book of Daniel:
Daniel 1:12, which states, “Please test your servants for ten days, and let them give us vegetables [pulses] to eat and water to drink.”
Daniel 10: 2-3, which says, “In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.”
Daniel Plan-Food List
According to our understanding of the Hebrew definition of “pulse” that was used in the verse for vegetables can actually mean a range of foods.
In summary, anything that grows from the earth and hangs from a tree is a good idea to eat! Click on the button below to download the Daniel Plan food list of what you are allowed to eat.
Daniel Plan- Scripture Reading
As you go on the Daniel Plan, we would like you to dedicate time to connect with the Lord to strengthen your faith. We encourage you to use the Daniel Plan reading guide daily.
Download the Daniel Plan App
We encourage you to Download the Daniel Plan App. It gives you the power to:
1. Track your daily progress.
2. Record what you eat and check how close you get to the Daniel Plan plate.
3. Stay focused on the plan with encouraging bible verses and quotes.
4. Set goals and journal your steps to achievement.
5. Take advantage of free bonus resources to help you along your journey to healthier living.
* Sources: The following sources were used to develop the content on this page.