I am finally done with Daniel. I’ve completed the fast. I feel relieved, healthier, and lighter. I didn’t lose as much weight as I expected, but 7.5 lbs in 3 weeks is not bad. Honestly, the first 2 weeks were easier than the 3rd week. This last week was a challenge. I found myself craving bread and meat, tempted to reach for the tortilla chips, and getting lazier in my cooking. It’s hard to cook from scratch every night, and after 2 failed dinner attempts, I almost called it quits. I’ve decided that I should stick to eating Indian food, and avoid cooking it. I still can’t figure out what I did wrong, and I’m blaming it on the Garam Masala I bought at the store. Continue reading
It’s Day 9 of the Daniel fast and I’ve found my favorite recipe thus far! Veggie Paella. I would totally eat this even if I weren’t doing the fast. It is so good and unbelievably easy. Non-vegetarians could add chicken, sausage, shrimp (or basically any meat) to this dish and it would be delicious but it is very tasty as it is. It’s a very colorful dish too!
I’ve decided that the main roadblock to most diets or fasts is lack of preparation. I’m already running into this problem. I have a pretty busy life, as I’m sure, most people do. Working a full time job, managing social obligations, everyday chores, AND cooking healthful meals sometimes seems impossible. It’s very easy to put on weight when you’re starving after a long day of work, because most people will grab whatever’s easiest to eat, whatever’s available, which usually happens to be a fairly fattening snack. It’s much easier to open a bag of potato chips or microwave a frozen treat than it is to cut up a bunch of veggies and fruit. Continue reading
I first heard of the Daniel Fast from a woman at my church. She had just completed it and said it really made her feel amazing. I didn’t think much of it. In fact, I thought, wow good for her, but I could never do it. I am not the fasting (or dieting) type. I try to practice portion control, but that’s as far as it goes. But for some reason, I couldn’t stop thinking about the Daniel Fast and proceeded to google it at work the next day.
It looked tough. It’s basically a Vegan diet without carbs, sugar, or alcohol. So, really, all you can eat are fruits and vegetables and certain whole grains (like brown rice, which I am not a fan of). The fast is supposed to last 21 days. So why, you may ask, would I ever even consider doing something like this? It’s so NOT me. I think about food A LOT. When I am eating, I’m usually planning my next meal. I love going out to eat, talking about food, reading about food, watching people cook, and all other things related to glorious food.
But then I thought, maybe there is something wrong with that? I probably shouldn’t be focusing on food THAT much and recently I’ve been eating REALLY badly. So, I’m giving it a go. Today is day 1. I’m hoping that not only will the fast make me more aware of what I am eating, but that it will be a good thing spiritually, emotionally and mentally as well. I’ll let you know how it goes!
Side note. I did some bulk shopping at Trader Joe’s last night and the girl at the checkout counter says, “Wow, you eat really healthy”. If only she knew…