Well, I had this neat little wrap-up post planned for how I completed the Daniel Fast and gained so much out of it, but then we made last minute plans to spend Easter in the Carolinas, and the fast fell quickly to the wayside.
Here’s the thing – I already did the super-restricted-diet-that-demands-accomodations thing at a birthday dinner for a friend and really hated it. I stuck to my fast, but I felt uncomfortable, and like my dietary weirdness distracted me from really celebrating. Ultimately, my momma raised me better than to make unreasonable demands as a guest in someone’s home, especially when I have no medical reason behind my requests. I hate inconveniencing people, and so on our long weekend visiting family, I ditched the fast for the most part, and focused on being present and spending quality time with our loved ones. I feel okay with this decision in the long run, and don’t think it took away from everything else I learned while fasting, but I do sort of wish I could have finished strong.
Some of my main take-aways from the fast:
I loved the prayer focus. I hope to continue keeping up that structure – it made my time spent in prayer seem productive, and it also kept my heart close to those issues and people.
Veggies are my best friends. I am aiming to keep a mostly plant based diet, with (well sourced) animal protein being a bonus on occasion. But overall, I feel much more confident in my ability to prepare filling vegetarian meals.
While I love pizza and ice cream, they don’t love me back. So moderation is key here, like everything else. And I’m still working hard to keep away from excess sugar (some days it’s a losing battle).
Some of my newly discovered favorite recipes (how I survived the Daniel Fast):
Some recipes I made my own adjustments to in order to fit in with the fast (like the stew – omit chicken, sub veggie broth for chicken broth). Overall, we became good at eating leftovers, and more often than not, would have a huge bowl of roasted veggies over some brown rice. I am not a salad lover, and especially with fasting during cold weather, I leaned more towards soups and hot meals.
Overall, I loved finding new favorite foods, and found a great spiritual balance during this time, making this Easter celebration really sweet. Extra thanks to sweet friends and a very loving husband for supporting me in this little adventure!