No meat. No fish. No dairy.  No bread. No pasta. No alcohol. No coffee. No tea. No sugar. No soda. No juice. For 21 days. Yes, you read right, 21 days! You’re probably thinking “Well, what in the hell did you eat?” And I have to be honest, I thought the same thing when I decided to do this fast. But after doing some research, preparing ahead of time, and getting pretty creative, it honestly wasn’t as bad as I thought. I had plenty of fruits, vegetables, beans, grains, nuts, and water- but my most essential ingredient was a whole lot of prayer!

If you grew up Southern Baptist like I did, then you’ve probably heard of the Daniel Fast. The Daniel Fast is a powerful spiritual experience to help followers of Christ develop a more intimate relationship with the Lord, seek answers through prayer, and grow in love and knowledge of the Savior. The diet is based on the Biblical Book of Daniel, and commonly refers to a 10- or 21-day abstinence from foods declared unclean by God in the Laws of Moses. I honestly did this fast for spiritual reasons, and not really for the diet aspect. In fact, I didn’t even realize that I would see the physical changes in my body that I saw. I just knew that restricting myself from so many things that I love would be an ultimate sacrifice and would really make me pray… a lot! I know that sounds dramatic, but seriously, no meat, no dairy, no coffee, and no wine??? Y’all, this was a game changer for me. Anyway, here is the list I used below.

While doing the fast, I used a 21 day devotional from the Bible App to guide me through. So, for every day of the fast, I spent about 30 mins to an hour at night just reading, praying, and talking to God. I honestly learned so much about the power of fasting, and I felt like I learned how to just have a normal conversation with God.

Now lets get to the fun stuff. How did I do it? Well, the first thing I did was prepare. I went online to find some plant based recipes that I felt I would actually enjoy.  Next, I went to the farmers market and stocked up on vegetables and fruit. I bought them in abundance because I knew that I would have to eat them before they went bad. I hate when food goes bad! I also bought about 5 cases of distilled bottled water to last me through the fast (I drink a lot of water).

Every week, I would prep enough food to last me about 2-3 days or until I got tired of it. I had to get creative and try different recipes, so I cooked about 2-3 times a week. Please don’t look at this list and think you can’t eat a hearty meal because that’s so far from the case. Some of the dishes I had were vegetable curry, veggie lettuce wraps, sweet potato and black bean quesadillas, curried chickpeas and kale, sweet potato waffles, loaded salads, stuffed mushrooms, different types of hummus, tons of different smoothie bowls, and the list goes on! I got a chance to snap a few pics of the food, but all of these pictures are from my phone so excuses the photo quality. I just want you to see that a plant based diet isn’t as bad as you may think.

Veggie Stir-fry Lettuce Wraps
Curried Chickpeas w/ Kale & Red Peppers
Berry & Banana Smoothie Bowl, topped with Granola, Dried Cranberries, Almonds, and Chia Seeds
Sweet Potato & Oatmeal Waffle, topped with a Medjool Date Peanut Butter Caramel Sauce, and Fresh Berries
Stuffed Sweet Potato, Kale, & Avocado
Roasted Carrots, Beets, & Butternut Squash
Buddha Bowl w/ Corn, Black Beans, Sauteed Kale, Sauteed Mushrooms, Salsa, Guacamole, and a Curry Mustard Sauce
Vegetable Platter from Imperial Fez Restaurant in Atlanta- the day after my fast.

As you can see, I wasn’t just eating raw fruits and vegetables for three weeks. I actually made delicious, healthy, and hearty meals and they were amazing! And guess what the kicker is? I lost 14 lbs and 2 inches off my waist in 21 days from simply switching to a plant based diet! This blew my mind because I could literally do intense exercising for 3 weeks and only lose 3-5 lbs. This fast really showed me the impact that “regular” food has on our bodies and I don’t know if I like that feeling. Of course the first thing I had after the fast was a glass of wine (don’t judge me). I also had some salmon twice and shrimp once, but still no chicken, pork, or read meat. I plan to try out a pesectarian diet and limit my dairy intake as much as possible. My overall goal is to be make healthier choices and actually pay attention to the food I put in my body. This fast showed me that I can still be a foodie and enjoy all kinds of cuisine without eating meat. I can’t say how long this will last, but I will say that I am making a conscious effort to keep meat out of my diet. And whenever I even crave it, I use this bathroom selfie for motivation.

Forgive my dirty mirror, but I am literally floored at these results!

Overall, I’m so happy I did this fast and I am absolutely doing this every year, maybe even twice a year. The spiritual and mental clarity I gained, combined with the weight and inches I lost was an incredible combination. If you are considering doing this fast, I say go for it! Even if you only do 10 days, I think it’s worth a shot. If you have any questions or you’d like some ideas for yummy recipes, please reach out and I’m happy to help. UPDATE: I actually created an e-book of delicious plant based recipes that I now use for the fast and whenever I just want to detox my body. It’s a game changer, you can get it here! Hopefully it can evoke some change in your life like it did for mine.

Xoxo,

Consuella ♥

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Love this! There is no better way to start the year, you look great mama!

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Thank you!

Consuella

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You look awesome!!!

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Wow!! You look amazing!!

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Thank you!

Consuella

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This blog post was amazing 😍 and the recipes has me licking my phone screen

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Thanks Ebby! That means a lot coming from the plant based queen! 🙂

Consuella

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Today I’m starting my 21 Days.. I have all type of emotions going into this… but I’m excited and I pray I can get through these 21 Days.. and the curry chickpeas and kale looks delicious I wanna try that.

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Awesome blog sis!!!

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Thank you!

Consuella

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I’m proud of you , love ! You looking look GREAT!!

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Thank you so much!

Consuella

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Girlllll immtipping my hat off to you! That is major!

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Thank you. It was definitely a sacrifice, but so worth it!!

Consuella

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You look amazing! This is definitely motivation and it lets me know that the food options aren’t limited. More importantly it seems like you are aligned more spiritually. Thanks for sharing!

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Thank you so much!! And yes, the food options are certainly not limited. I’m glad you read and enjoyed!

Consuella

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This just inspired me.. I’m so nervous because im always afraid to start things so foreign to me

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I’m glad this was inspirational for you, that was the goal. And don’t be nervous, you can do it!! When it gets hard, just pray!

Consuella

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Omg yes!!!! Let’s do it again in June for a mid year cleanse!!!!!

I’ve been doing them since 2012 with my church. This is the first year I didn’t completely fast from social media and I’m kind of wishing I did.

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I’d love to do it again! And I think I’ll fast completely from social media too (minus the brand repping for Sanai and my blog posts). But I loved doing this, I’m so glad you were my partner in Christ! lol. Seriously though, I will look at my work calendar and see if this is feasible for June.

Consuella

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I will be setting sometime aside to start my Daniel fast thank you for the motivation!

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That’s great, cousin. You’re going to love it!

Consuella

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Very disciplined! Awesome!

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Thanks friend!

Consuella

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I soooooo can not wait to try this!!!

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Yes, come back to visit so we can hit some of these places together!

Xo,
Consuella

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