Wednesday, May 26, 2010

It's official!

Ok guys, it's official! My new name is Haley Perkins Ryan and I am pumped! I am so honored to be a Ryan and also honored to be a Perkins- so it was only appropriate to have both included in my official name.

So exciting!

On another note, after a lot of thought and prayer, Pat and I have decided to participate in the 21 day Daniel Fast. We will begin on June 1st when we get back from the beach. The purpose of a fast is to "give up or restrict food for a spiritual purpose". I just ordered the book from Amazon and I am so excited because it explains the purposes of fasting, how to fast, recipes for the Daniel Fast, and a 21 day devotional to go along with it.

Here is a list of the foods we will be avoiding:

All meat and animal products including but not limited to beef, lamb, pork, poultry, and fish.

All dairy products including but not limited to milk, cheese, cream, butter, and eggs.

All sweeteners including but not limited to sugar, raw sugar, honey, syrups, molasses, and cane juice.

All leavened bread including Ezekiel Bread (it contains yeast and honey) and baked goods.

All refined and processed food products including but not limited to artificial flavorings, food additives, chemicals, white rice, white flour, and foods that contain artificial preservatives.

All deep fried foods including but not limited to potato chips, French fries, corn chips.

All solid fats including shortening, margarine, lard and foods high in fat.

Beverages including but not limited to coffee, tea, herbal teas, carbonated beverages, energy drinks, and alcohol.

So... what can we eat???

All fruits. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Fruits include but are not limited to apples, apricots, bananas, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cranberries, figs, grapefruit, grapes, guava, honeydew melon, kiwi, lemons, limes, mangoes, nectarines, oranges, papayas, peaches, pears, pineapples, plums, prunes, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangelos, tangerines, watermelon

All vegetables. These can be fresh, frozen, dried, juiced or canned. Vegetables include but are not limited to artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chili peppers, collard greens, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, ginger root, kale, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, okra, onions, parsley, potatoes, radishes, rutabagas, scallions, spinach, sprouts, squashes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, turnips, watercress, yams, zucchini, veggie burgers are an option if you are not allergic to soy.

All whole grains, including but not limited to whole wheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, oats, barley, grits, whole wheat pasta, whole wheat tortillas, rice cakes and popcorn.

All nuts and seeds, including but not limited to sunflower seeds, cashews, peanuts, sesame. Also nut butters including peanut butter.

All legumes. These can be canned or dried. Legumes include but are not limited to dried beans, pinto beans, split peas, lentils, black eyed peas, kidney beans, black beans, cannellini beans, white beans.

All quality oils including but not limited to olive, canola, grape seed, peanut, and sesame.

Beverages: spring water, distilled water or other pure waters.

Other: tofu, soy products, vinegar, seasonings, salt, herbs and spices.

Ok... so I am a little nervous about it all but I definitely think it will be a neat experience. I am excited to focus on the important things in life. I am excited to do all of this with my husband. I am excited to see what the Lord is going to reveal to us.

It is time that we eat to live NOT live to eat.

1 comment:

  1. Wow!! That sounds very intense and very vegan :-) good luck love ~ I would suggest going to a health store because they have lots of "cheese/butter" suppstitutes made of soy etc