Sunday, 1/24, Day 15
Thinly sliced potato with some brushed across top, seasoned with salt, pepper, onion, powder and garlic powder. Baked in oven at 350 degrees F for about 20 minutes or desired tenderness/crispiness. Tasted great.
D: baked potato with salsa, salad, potato skins
S: corn chips
I know many people have had questions on doing the Daniel Fast while pregnant or nursing.
The only advice I can give you is from my own personal experience. Yes, while pregnant or nursing we are suppose to consume some extra calories to help our child but the Daniel Fast is still a possibility even with that consideration.
It is on you if you just choose to eliminate a particular food like soda pop or skip a meal but I would rather you eliminate a food then skip a meal. Please consult with a doctor before you decide to go on this so you can discuss the matter with them but ultimately is us between you and God what you do.
I chose to have only fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans/leguems and just water. I found that I ate so much better during this fast then I ever did with any of my pregnancies. You can get the calories in if you eat enough though I found that my appetite kept decreasing so I had to get calories from healthy fats like extra virgin olive oil, beans, nuts, peanut butter, etc.
I know some say that you need omega 3's and such but you can still take a multi vitamin, use ground flaxseed meal and that will help as well. Just do some research and you will see that you can do this!
Since my son is nursing I wasn't sure how he would take such a change in my diet but he did very well. My milk supply even increased even though I was eating less then before. I am thinking that might be because of the quality of food I was eating versus the quantity.
Since doing the Daniel Fast, I have been late posting all the food for each day, since I have stopped the Daniel's Fast my milk supply has gone down in just a week, my son doesn't like the change, my skin is breaking out. My whole body is rebelling going off the Daniel Fast.
So I am going to start doing a modified version of the Daniel Fast but this would be more like a modified Daniel Diet since I will not be doing this part for spiritual purposes like I was doing in January. I will still eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans/legumes and will be adding dairy products like milk, cheese, yogurt, eggs, I will also be adding proteins such as chicken, fish, etc.
My body did so well on the Daniel Fast and now since I have stopped I have never felt more tired and drained.
So try the Daniel Fast if you feel this is what the Lord is leading you to do and know that it can still work while pregnant and/or nursing. Eating this healthy will not only benefit you but it will also benfit your child. I truly believe that it is our fast food mentality that gets us in trouble. Oh let me just pull this thing out of the freezer and heat it up or let's go through a drive through, etc. The preservatives in the food and who knows what else is put into food doesn't do good things for our bodies. Can you pronounce half the ingredients that are in some items that are like 20-30 letters long? You can eat healthy food and it can be done is a reasonable amount of time.
Trust me, I am a mom of three little ones, a 3 year old boy, 2 year old girl and a 7 month old son. This is doable. YOU CAN DO THIS!
This week I still have a little momentum on the food creativity but I have felt tempted this week. It is even by the little things like an egg. I did not give in and stayed the course. I have tried to keep some almonds on me at all times so if I ever felt tempted I could just nibble on something plus I knew that I always had a snack on hand.
My energy levels keep rising, I am sleeping better, and my skin is amazingly clear. I can feel the physical benefits of the fast. Not sure when I will see the spiritual benefits of the fast will happen but that is all in God's timing.
The fast is a little more time consuming preparing foods but this week I figured if I make big enough batches I can just reheat the leftovers so there is less for me to have to cook. Also if you can do some prep work ahead of time, like chopping all your vegetables and/or fruit one day so all you have to do is add it to a recipe saves a lot of time.
Week 2 is complete and now onto the final week of the fast. Week three watch out here I come!
Saturday, 1/23, Day 14
Lunch was Carrot and Squash Saute.
Dinner. Sauteed portabello mushrooms and corn.
B: banana, apple and orange
L: carrot and squash saute
D: sauteed portabello mushrooms and corn
S: corn chips