I must say I probably should not have started my journey to weight loss and better health until after my birthday. I turned 37 on Feb 3rd and I must say the week was not about making good choices or making time to exercise. However, despite my very celebratory week, full of pizza, steak, cake, and soda pop ugh, I still did not gain any weight, thank God!
So despite not reaching pretty much any of my goals for the week and allowing myself to fall victim to my own birthday, I still lost 2 ½ pounds. I will take it!!!
Now, time to get back on track. My family and I, along with our church are beginning the Daniel Fast today. For those of you who do not know what that is, it is a 21 day fast that basically cuts all the junk out of your diet, taking you back to whole foods, until finally for a beginner (which I am) the last week you are eating nothing but fruits and vegetables twice a day.
This fast is going to be a challenge for me; mostly because I get these killer headaches any time my body is not getting enough food. I am up for the challenge though and ready to clean my body out as well as grow closer to God during this time.
I am truly praying for spiritual break through along with physical break through.
For those of you who may be interested in doing the Daniel Fast, I’ve listed the different levels and what each requires of you as well as the allowed foods and not allowed foods. You can also look up Daniel Fast online and find tons of great tips and recipes to get you through your 21 days.
Wish me luck! This is going to be an interesting three weeks.
Level 1 (Beginners):
Week 1: All allowed foods with the addition of meat (chicken or fish) once a day to their choice meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner) w/ water only
Week 2: All allowed foods with the addition of meat (fish) once a week to their dinner w/ 100% juice or water.
Week 3: Fruits and vegetables ONLY twice per day w/ water
Level 2 (Intermediate):
Week 1: All allowed foods with meat (fish) once a week to their dinner w/ 100% juice or water.
Week 2: All allowed foods once per day and then fruits and vegetables ONLY twice per day only w/ water
Week 3: Fruits and vegetables ONLY once per day w/ water or 100% juice.
Level 3 (Advanced):
Week 1: All allowed foods once per day and then Fruits and vegetables ONLY twice per day w/100% juice or water.
Week 2: Fruits and vegetables ONLY once per day w/ water or 100% juice.
Week 3: Water and 100% juice only.
Foods to include in your diet:
All fruits. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. 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 or canned. 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.
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, and sesame.
Beverages: spring water, distilled water or other pure waters.
Other: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.
Foods to avoid in your diet:
All meat and animal products including but not limited to beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish.
All dairy products including but not limited to milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.
All sweetenersincluding but not limited to sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice.
All leavened bread including Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods.
All refined and processed food products including but not limited to artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.
All deep fried foods including but not limited to potato chips, French fries, corn chips.
All solid fats including shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.
Beverages including but not limited to coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.