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Oct 20, 2009 01:08 PM

The Daniel Diet

So, I am going to start the Daniel Diet on Oct. 25th! I am really looking forward to adopting this eating pattern for 14 days. Has anyone done this diet before? It is the diet that Daniel asked KIng Nebuchadnezzar to follow instead of eating the rich food from the kings table. I am going to prepare some soups and a barley casserole with some of the items I can eat, but if any of you have ideas on meals, entrees, snacks ect. that can be created, please let me know. Here are the guidelines for the diet.

Foods to Eat:
Whole grains: brown rice, rolled oats, oatmeal, barley, corn, popcorn, and wheat
Legumes: dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black-eyed peas, green beans, green peas, peanuts, lupins
Fruits: apples, apricots, avocados, bananas, berries, dates, figs, grapes, lemons, limes, melons, olives, oranges, pears, pineapple....
Vegetables: artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, cabbage, celery, chili peppers, eggplant, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, greans, herbs, peppers, potatoes, radishes, scallions,spinach, squashes, turnips, yams, zucchini
Seeds: all nuts, and nut butters
Liquids: water, 100% fruit or veggie juices, low soium veggie stock

Foods to Avoid:
White flour and all products using it
white rice, white bread, hominy and pasta
fried foods
carbonated drinks
wine, beer, any alcoholic drink
refined sugar, honey, high fructose corn syrup, chemical sugar subs, preservatives
additives, and fats

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  1. You realize, of course, that many of the foods on your list are from the Americas and would not have been available to someone in Biblical times. It looks like a basic whole-foods type diet. Very healthy, but the Daniel tie-in is just a gimmick.

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    1. re: Ruth Lafler

      The verse says that Daniel asked for vegetables and water, this assured that he would not eat anything that would break the Mosaic law or eat anything offered to idols. So I can eat vegetables that are in my area, but also would have been available to Daniel as well. Especially if you look at the account in Exodus when the Isrealites are complaining about missing the food in Egypt. That account lists things like leeks, cucumbers and watermelon. Joseph despenced cereals during the famine which would've consisted of oats, barley, and wheat. And Jacob made a red soup in Genesis made of lentils. Not so much a gimmick, but a wonderful way to cleanse the body and inact a scriptural passage in my life.

      1. re: cookieluvntasha

        If it's important to you to be eating what someone in Daniel's time could eat, be advised that the following you have listed are New World crops and would not have been available to Biblical people:

        Popcorn and all corn products (maize outside the US)
        dried beans
        pinto beans
        green beans
        chilli peppers
        bell peppers
        sweet potato

        If you just want to go veggie for awhile, do so and enjoy!

    2. Huh, well I guess I most often follow the "Daniel Diet," too - but I just call it healthy eating and clean living! There are scores of whole foods recipes out there - if you have specific likes/dislikes/needs, let us know and we can reply with targeted recipe suggestions.

      Whatever you call it, it's a good one and healthy for you, and you'll feel better for eating this way. Good luck!


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      1. re: gansu girl

        I already eat mostly veggies and beans, and really like them all. The only veggies that I will not eat are okra and brussell sprouts. I LOVE everything else...or is it that I just love to eat??

      2. What happens after 14 days? I'm with gansu girl...make it your way of eating from now on! You'll probably feel so much better! I'm just finishing up a batch of kale and bean soup...really a great dish...there are SO many great dishes to try using veggies, beans and whole grains...have fun exploring!

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        1. re: Val

          "At the end of ten days their [Daniel and his friends] countenances appeared fairer, and they were fatter in flesh... So the steward took away their dainties, ... and gave them pulse."

          Latter the king tried to roast 3 of them, and feed the 4th to his pet lions. :)

          1. re: Val

            I am going to NYC the following Saturday and eating at the Shake Shack, and then the next day is a wedding. I will probably go back to eating a form of this diet a few days out of the week, but as my name says, baking is my thing, so I will want to indulge every once in a while. And I do like meats and fish, so I will be eating those as well.

            1. re: cookieluvntasha

              So basically you aren't following this "diet" at all...

              Sounds like a good plan to me!

              1. re: Humbucker

                I was asked why I was going to stop following this eating plan after 14 days. on the 15th day I will breaking it bc of prearranged plans. I will go back the Monday afterward.