Here’s a typical meal during the Daniel fast.  Veggies and brown rice, kale chips (I’ll tell you how to make these) and fresh juice.

There have been many wonderful things that have happened in my life during this Daniel fast so far.  Here are two:

When praying with my Moms in Prayer group this Wednesday (formerly Moms in Touch), the prayers seems to have extra power.  We were praying over my son Ethan and my prayer partner prayed verses over his life that gave me goose bumps.  I’m sure the power of the Holy Spirit is always available to us but fasting amplifies God’s leading in your life.

Our kids have watched us and learned that (1) fasting is a normal thing that Christians can do and (2) eating healthy foods takes effort but it’s important.

Unfortunately, I haven’t lost much weight doing the Daniel fast.  I thought I would lose more since forsaking chocolate and crackers and bread.  I think I’m juicing and eating too many carbs.  Oh well.  It is teaching my palette and stomach to crave healthy foods and it’s bringing to light my weakness towards cookies, cupcakes and chocolate.  Help me Lord!

I do crave CRUNCHY so I found a recipe for baked kale chips and find it to be delicious!!!  I actually crave them.  I have never used kale in my life so this was also a good new thing to try.

All you do is cut the kale in pieces (only the leafy parts), wash and dry in a salad spinner, drizzle with olive oil and a little salt, and put in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.

The kale becomes crispy and it tastes best right out of the oven.  My girls who like eating seaweed already munched it all up.  James didn’t like it at first but then ended up eating half the batch.

You can watch a video on how to make it on All Recipes – that’s how I learned about it.

I highly recommend doing a Daniel fast (eating fruits, veggies, beans, nuts) and coupling that with seeking God for something specific in your life.  Jesus says to his disciples, “When you fast…”  He doesn’t say “If you fast…”

Fasting isn’t something you see practiced a lot by the church in America.  I think it’s time to enjoy this discipline, feasting on God’s presence instead of food from time to time.

Arlene Pellicane

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