Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Daniel Fast, Day 9

Papa and I have undertaken a 40-day Daniel fast to increase our dependence on YHWH, and to gain the health benefits. If you're unfamiliar with a Daniel fast, it involves eating only fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. No meat, dairy, refined sweeteners, yeast, etc. There is no hard and fast rule for what you eat or don't eat since it's not clearly spelled out in the Bible, but it is loosely based on the account of Daniel and his three friends asking to be excused from eating from the king of Babylon's table. They requested to be given only vegetables and water.

Daniel and his friends thrived on this diet and they were able to keep themselves from eating unclean foods that would violate YHWH's laws.

Papa is doing very well. He never feels hungry and he has already lost eight pounds. I, on the other hand, have been feeling hungry since day four. I did lose three pounds at first, but then I managed to gain two pounds back. (I must have been eating too many nuts or something.) Now I've lost another pound for a net loss of two pounds. I'm not particularly happy with the near constant feeling of hunger, but I know that feeling is a reminder for me to hunger after the things of YHWH instead of the world. And anyway, it's not like I'm genuinely starving...I did manage to gain weight eating this way.