Breaking a Fast
Breaking a fast can be more difficult than fasting itself! At least when you are fasting you have no choice. But when you are opened up to the possibility of eating anything it is dangerous. It is really important to eat the right foods because the consequence is that you could feel very unwell if you don’t! This can be really hard when you havent eaten in days and all you want to do is eat everything in sight! Introducing foods back into your diet slowly is necessary for a well-functioning and happy digestive system.
During a fast the space within your intestines gets smaller since there is no food transiting through. The first foods that you consume upon breaking a fast are critical to nourish the body. More importantly, the foods should not expend much energy to digest and assimilate in the body, as your bowels will be out of practice.
You should follow a raw whole food diet for 1 day for each five days that you fasted. So if you fasted for 10 days eat raw for 2 whole days then add maybe I cooked meal on the third day. And eat 1 fresh fruit meal for each day of your fast.
Raw fruit juices and fruits that contain a large percentage of water and are easily digested and assimilated by the body, so it is still a good idea to drink freshly squeezed juices while breaking a fast to keep your insides well hydrated and in good working order. I suggest to drink a glass of freshly squeezed fruit and vegetable juice, followed by a bowl of fruit salad containing fruits such as melon, grapes, apples and pears for breakfast. And remember chewing your food well is essential!! Minimise citrus fruits at the beginning as they may feel too acidic in your stomach. Make sure you drink a glass of purified or filtered water to hydrate your body throughout the day.
Raw vegetables are great sources of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and other highly beneficial substances. Organic juices and fresh raw vegetables are ideal to consume after a fast. A small salad of fresh green leafy vegetables such as kale or Spinach, tomatoes and cucumbers are easy on the stomach and are packed with nutrients.
Post Fast Meal Plan
– Fruit and vegetable juice ( apples, carrots, pear, spinach, cucumber)
– Fruit salad (watermelon, cantaloupe, pear, berries, apple)
– or Green Smoothie
-Raw green salad
-Fresh fruit salad
-Or fresh juice
Things to remember:
- Do not overeat! Listen to your body. Discover the amount of food that your body needs.
- Eat slowly and chew your food well. Saliva has enzymes that aid in digestion. The enzymes in saliva can digest up to 80 percent starch, 30 percent protein and 10 percent fat.
- Be relaxed. Try to unwind when eating. Don’t hurry and eat your food without enjoying it!
- Decide ahead of time what you want to eat and the amount rather than eating from a rush.
- Make juices during the breaking period. Juice is the best nourishment to the body. Most fasters continue to include juice in their daily routine for the rest of their lives.