Day 1 of the Daniel Fast

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My morning coffee ritual was replaced by hot water with lemon and basil.

Then we went out for a morning family walk around our neighborhood, where it is sunny and warm most days of the year.  I learned in The Belly Fat Cure by Jorge Cruise that a 20 minute walk first thing in the morning on an empty stomach is very effective in using stored body fat for energy.

He writes:  “Walking in the morning on an empty stomach ensures that your body taps into your stored fat rather than using energy from food recently eaten.  The utilization of energy directly from stored fat is also greatly enhanced by your best friend, glucagon.  This fat-melting hormone will be sky-high each morning because insulin will be at its lowest levels after not eating all night.   This makes each morning a golden opportunity to melt fat with the highest efficiency.”

I like to think of this time as “my walk with God.”

When we returned, I was hungry.  I broke my fast with a little celery and peanut butter.  And a pomegranate.  Then I felt extremely sleepy and took a 2 hour nap.  I think it was from not drinking coffee, but it felt really good to just rest.

When I woke up, I cleaned our home and read the Bible.

Susan suggested reading the Book of Daniel for guidance and wisdom during the fast. I originally planned to read a chapter a day, but ended up reading the whole book while my daughter was napping.  Here are my favorite verses:

Then Daniel praised the God of heaven and said: “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. He changes times and seasons; he sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning. He reveals deep and hidden things; he knows what lies in darkness, and light dwells with him. I thank and praise you, O God of my fathers; You have given me wisdom and power, you have made known to me what we asked of you, you have made known to us the dream of the king.” Daniel 2: 20-23

May you prosper greatly! Daniel 4:1

Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks go his God, just as he had done before. Daniel 6:10

“Peace! Be strong now; be strong.” Daniel 11:18

For dinner, I made lentil soup.