Daniel Fast Stock Up List

To start your fast off right you will want to stock up on the foods for your fast. That way when you get hungry, you won’t be fruits vegetables1 Daniel Fast Stock Up Listtempted to grab the wrong foods. Do your shopping before Sunday, or whatever start day you have in mind, so you will be able to just move right into the fast without concern. Below are some suggestions to start you off:

Slique Kit. The Slique Kit is Daniel Fast compliant. It contains the neccessary tools you need to keep the hunger monster from derailing your fast. A big plus is the Balance Complete, a nutrient-rich, balanced fiber meal replacement. Slique Essence reduces cravings, supports normal digestion and supresses hunger. Slique Slim Caps will induce feelings of satiation, decrease over indulgence (this is a fast), and help lower your appetite. Slique Tea is a great tasting beverage that helps lower your appetite and provides a natural energy boost. And Slique Gum is a great alternative when you just want to snack. These items are also all available individually. Click here for more information.

All fruits. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced, canned or dried. Fruits include but are not limited to apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon.

All vegetables. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced, canned or dried. Vegetables include but are not limited to artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, zucchini, veggie burgers are an option if you are not allergic to soy. Edamame is a great source of protein and are great to snack on. Find them in the freezer section or roasted.

All whole grains, including but not limited to whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn.

All nuts and seeds, including but not limited to sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame. Also nut butters including peanut butter.

All legumes. These can be canned or dried. Legumes include but are not limited to dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans.

All quality oils including but not limited to olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, cocnut, and sesame.

Beverages: spring water, distilled water or other pure waters, tea.

Other: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.

I hope this gives you inspiration and know that you don’t have to deprive yourself of food you enjoy. This list was adapted from the Daniel Fast website. They have a printable list in a brochure at http://www.daniel-fast.com/. Sign up on the right-hand sidebar.

Coming tomorrow: A guest blog from Joy Barilla: Daniel Fast Sample Menu

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Healing and Wholeness Through The Daniel Fast

danielfast2013small 300x225 Healing and Wholeness Through The Daniel FastA great way to obtain healing and wholeness is through the Daniel Fast. The Daniel fast is a 21 day fast based on Daniel 10:2-3. During this fast, Daniel ate no meat or desserts and drank no wine for 21 days during his time of prayer for Israel. Think lots of fruits and vegetables, whole grains and legumes, nuts, and even dairy. And yes, the Young Living Slique Kit is 100% compatible with this fast and will even be a great asset to keep you from being hungry!

Some people also use the dietary restrictions from Daniel 1:12 where Daniel ate only vegetables and drank only water for 10 day. But I feel that if you are doing the 21 day fast, you follow those guidelines and if you are doing the 10 day fast, you use the those guidelines. But keep focused on the purpose and what you feel God wants you to do and you can’t go wrong!

This time of fasting can bring some major breakthroughs in your life. People throughout the world will be fasting starting Sunday, January 6th. You can do this fast any time, even several times during the year, but January is great to start your year off focused and you can join Christians around the world for extra support.

Fasting is great for the whole person. First and foremost, it is great for the spirit because as you deny your flesh, your spirit becomes stronger and more sensitive to God and the things of His Kingdom.

Your body benefits because it acts as a detoxifier for your body, you’re putting healthy food in your body, and you will probably shed some extra pounds that are weighing your body down.

In the same way that a fast detoxifies your body, it will detoxify your soul. As you draw closer to the Lord, He will draw closer to you. He will begin to speak to you about things in your soul that are out of alignment with the Kingdom of God, which is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17). Soul wounds, attitudes, wrong mindsets are all opposite of the Kingdom of God. God will use this time to heal those areas in your soul, if you let Him. So as He brings things up to you, that is a sign to you that He is going to heal those areas of your life.

Before you start any fast, you should prepare. The better you prepare, the more successful you will be. I got some preparation tips from one of my favorite Daniel Fast websites, http://daniel-fast.com/.

Prepare your spirit by praying about the fast and seeking God’s direction about what your focus of prayer and study should be. Learning about prayer, getting your finances in order, healing relationships or drawing closer to God are among some of the most common purposes for men and women on the Daniel Fast.

Consider areas in your life that cause you concern, worry or stress. Lift these needs to the Lord during your fast. Hear from Him. Ask Him to direct you, to change your heart, to renew your mind and to show you how to bring peace and resolution.

Prepare your soul by gathering study materials and establishing a routine you can use during your fast to have daily time for prayer, Bible reading and study. What do you want to learn about? What good habits do you want to develop? These can all be part of your fasting experience.

Prepare your body to avoid painful and even debilitating withdrawals. Taper off caffeine, sugar and processed foods. Start flushing your body of toxins by drinking more water. Also, begin to plan your meals by gathering recipes and planning menus.

In coming blogs I will be sharing tips, recipes and some essential oils that can be used aid in prayer and meditations, to stave off hunger and aid in the detoxifying of the body, and sooth the soul. Another website that is great to join the community of believers in this fast and with great resources is Jentezen Franklin’s website. So make plans to join me on this fast and make 2013 your year of breakthrough!

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Making Essential Oil Bath Salts

Guest Post by Joy Barilla

Every year I like to post an easy to make Christmas present. This year is no different, but this year I want to give the gift of relaxation. The world is a very stressful place and honestly the Christmas season is no different. I decided I would make bath salts.

There are so many benefits to aromatherapy baths. The first, taking some time out of your day to nurture yourself and relieve your stress. With so many different essential oils available, you can create a buffet tailored just to your needs. There are oils with anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, sedating, disinfectant and antiviral properties. There are many resources that can help you navigate which oil to use, for me I like to make either a rose bath or a lavender bath, although jasmine would work wonderfully here. I love floral scents and those two are beautiful choices. It will make the whole bathroom smell like a garden!

Bath Salts

1 cup Baking Soda

1 cup Epsom, Sea, or Kosher salt

Several drops of your favorite essential oil

In a large bowl combine ingredients. If you wish you can add some dried lavender or rose petals to add to the experience. Be advised though that they will float around in the bath unless you put it in a tea ball or spice bag.

To use, place a few tablespoons in your bath. For an extra indulgence, add a little heavy cream to your bath.

A really pretty way to package this is to place the salts in a mason jar. Tie some ribbon around the jar and slip a nice scoop under the ribbon. It’s a very inexpensive and nice gift that will give hours of relaxation and peace in a stressful day.

 

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Joy with her husband, Adam

Merry Christmas!

Joy

Joy is the writer of the blog Better Than a Box: Cooking with Joy, where you will find her musings on cooking, life, and living abundantly. When she is not cooking, she is busy being a wife, and mother, gardening, sewing, hiking, and traveling. Her blog can be found at www.betterthanabox.org.or follow her on Facebook at Better Than A Box: Cooking with Joy.

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Learning some new tricks!

me1 150x150 Learning some new tricks!You’re never too old to learn some new tricks. It’s important to keep up with the technology and the means of communication of your times. Don’t make excuses like you’re too old, you don’t like Facebook, that’s just for kids, etc. If you want to communicate to others, and that is what God has called us to do, then you need to use the current means of communication. Just get over your bad self and do it!

Look at me! I’m over 40 years old and am learning WordPress so I can fulfill God’s calling in my life. WordPress is a means of communicating to my target audience. Of course, I wish I could just get a download and instantly know everything I need to know. But there is a learning curve - the rate of a person’s progress in gaining experience or new skills. That means it takes time!

When you start out to learn something new, you learn just a couple things. But as you persevere in your quest to learn the topic or skill, you will use this knowledge to build on more knowledge. Continuing in this, you will begin to understand more and learn quicker. WordPress is a powerful tool with lots to learn about it, but I am committed to learning little by little and putting what I learn into practice!

What has God been asking you to step out and do? What do you need to learn in order to do it? Just do it! Research it on the internet, buy & read some books, and take any other action He directs you to. You can do it!

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