Friday, January 29, 2010

Is it Fasting or is it a Vegan Diet?

A good friend of mine clued me into the Christian-themed Daniel Fast, which to its own admission, is not a true fast at all, but a 21 day partial fast in which processed goods, dairy, all meat and animal products, all sweeteners and solid fats, and leavened bread and baked goods are omitted from one's diet.

Hey fellow vegetarians and vegans- does this sound vaguely familiar to you?

I think what I found most interesting about this whole "fast" was the quote from the Bible's book of Daniel:

“In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.” Daniel 10:2, 3

I'm not sure how being able to use good quality oils, ALL fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, whole grains, herbs and seasonings, AND tofu and soy products constitutes as "no pleasant food"... because unless you're ordering fast food (haha) every day, you know that you can make tons of "pleasant" meals from the aforementioned ingredients. To check out list of acceptable and unacceptable foods, visit the Daniel blog.

But hey, I've gotta give props to any diet that gets people to eat more consciously and ethically! So in honor of my homegirl, I'm going to devote my next several recipes to dishes that would fit under this fast.

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