So, I’m in the middle of week three (and the final week) of my 21 day Daniel Fast. I started the week in Miami for a (brief) work trip and I have to say the toughest day I’ve had so far occurred while I was there. I was walking down the street and smelling all the delicious food wafting out into the streets from all the outdoor cafes and I almost drooled. It all just smelled so good – I was tempted for the first time during the Fast. Then I remembered that it really wasn’t about the food, but rather about putting myself in a place where I can be more open to hearing God’s voice. With that thought firmly in my head, I walked over to the grocery store and concocted a meal out of fruit, salad and lentil chips. And I was quite satisfied.
Even though I’m not done quite yet, I’ve already learned a few interesting things while fasting:
- I’ve learned that I don’t need nearly as much food as I thought. I’ve always known this, but something in the back of my head always felt like I needed to make sure I had enough fuel to make it through my daily activities. As it turns out, I have a knack for getting just the amount of fuel I need — and you probably do, as well.
- I don’t need meat. Obviously, I know plenty of vegetarians and vegans and knew that they were fine without meat. But, I was different — I play football! I run! I’m very active! Yes, those are all true and for the past 2.5 weeks, I’ve done all those things with no meat and I’ve been just.fine.
- Sometimes by trying to make this simpler, you complicate them. A few times during the fast, I’ve found myself almost obsessing over what I was going to eat and figuring out creative ways to make some of my favorite foods (i.e. Daniel Fast friendly “pizza” – see the picture). This wasn’t the point and I’ve had to learn to plan and not obsess.
In case you are curious, I made the crust for this “pizza” by combining whole wheat flour, garlic powder, and oregano. Then I mixed in olive oil and some water to form the “dough.” I rolled it out, topped it with homemade sauce, sundried tomatoes, spinach and cabbage. Delicious!