In this informational blog post, you will learn the most loving way to break a fast for your body. To ensure success, you must follow the proper steps to come off a fast for ultimate health and vitality.
Fasting is like most achievements in your life, challenging in the beginning, easy as habits develop in the middle and most challenging after you’ve succeeded. This is why mental and physical preparation is so important for any lasting success.
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Accountability by texting or sharing with a friend helps greatly with discipline when you are ready to end your fast. Environment always trumps will power.
When you need will power the most, you have the least amount. Most of us can’t do this alone. After all, desire for food is the strongest desire we have. Yes, food is even more tempting than sex, money, or drugs for most of us!
“The desrire for food is the strongest urge we have, and is even greater than the sexual drive,” – Steve Meyerowtiz.
Since breaking the fast properly is critical for success, carefully read this blog post all the way through. Together, we can prepare for a joyful end to your fast!
Know When To Stop Your Fast
Choosing the incorrect time to break your fast can be a deal breaker. When you stretch your fast too long, many problems occur. Your body does not follow a calendar, so stretching a fast too long can result in problems when your fast ends. Stretching the body beyond its needs can cause a rebound effect during the re-feeding period.
You’ll be tempted to eat far too much too fast if you extend the length of your water fast, juice fast, or dry fast. Therefore, you must always listen to your body. Your body will tell you when it is time to break a fast.
Listen To The Body
- Recognize your interest in food when it occurs
- Stop the fast when the desire for food returns
- Your body will guide you in specific ways
- Constant curiosity about the food on your friends’ plate
- Wondering what’s on the menu (scrolling through food websites, seeing what’s in the fridge, etc.)
- If these signals continue to persist for the whole day, your body is telling you it’s time to break the fast
Listening to your body allows you to complete your fast in a disciplined healthy way.
Real Hunger vs Temptation
For the simple reason that our minds will tell us we’re hungry because we want to mindlessly eat, it is important to know the difference between real hunger and the hunger made up in our minds also known as temptation.
Real hunger is hard to ignore and once we ignore it, we are no longer fasting but starving. Starving occurs when the body truly needs food and cannot get it. When the body is starving, it wants to build its energy back up again, and seeks amino acids to do so.
When the body is fasting, it is cleansing and eliminating harmful agents. A fasting diary can be used to track food cravings and impulses. You can use a simple journal or a notebook for your fasting diary. Some helpful ideas to include are listed below. Remember to write an affirmation or thought to hold onto each day.
For example, “I am love”, “I am loved.” ” This moment is the best moment ever.” “Love Is Now.”
Fasting Diary Can Be Used To:
- Track food impulses
- Record cravings for solid food
- Record time of the day cravings occur
- See trends in craving
- Distinguish between temptation and real hunger
- Observe hunger trends
- Guide you to the right time to break the fast
The Three Phases To Introducing Solid Foods
First stage of introducing solid foods back into your diet:
The first foods you should consume when breaking a fast should be soft, high water content fruits. Heavier fruits such as bananas are heavy and starchy with a low water content and should not be the first foods to break your fast.
Same goes with dried fruits as these do not have a high enough water content. These foods should be consumed in phase 2. Eating fruits with a higher water content will help stimulate your appetite and prepare the system for heavier solid foods.
The best foods to break a fast with are listed below. My favorite is pineapple, melons or grapes. Always choose organic when you can.
Best Foods To Break A Fast – Phase One
- Other Melons
Amount Of Food And Eating Approach
A fasting stomach is a sleeping stomach, glands that produce digestive juices are relaxed and are not in a place of production. Your stomach has not only been sleeping, it has shrunk. The amount of food we throw back into our sleeping stomach and our approach in doing so should be monitored closely while we break our fast.
How To Awaken Your Body Safely After A Fast
- Make sure you sit while eating for better and easier digestion
- Do everything slowly, sip your soup and chew pulpy juice
- Never rush the refeeding process
- Don’t push the body to return quickly to full capacity, let your body follow a natural schedule. Listen to your body!
- Ease your body back into physical activity very slowly
- As taste sensations return, monitor your portions carefully
- Don’t let your anxiety to eat overcome you
- Don’t let prior eating arrangements (going out to dinner with friends, etc.) wreck your progress. Order water or fruit if you can.
- Listen to your stomach, gurgling sounds or feel bloated feelings are indicators to slow down or eat less
Methods For Phase 1
- Feed self like a baby
- Eat small amounts every hour or two
- Follow an eating schedule
- Create a menu for the first day or two
- Eat the simplest foods
- Avoid food combining
Furthermore, the duration of the dry, water, intermittent or juice fast determines how long it takes for the digestive system to be turned back on in the post fast phase. Building the digestive system can take from one day to one week depending on the length of the fast.
For someone who has gone on a 10 day fast, the first 5 days after the fast should be foods from phase 1. The next 5 days should be phase 2 foods. Then after 10 days of phase 1 and 2, they can start introducing foods back in from their original diet.
For breaking a three day fast, I recommend phase one on day one, phast two on day two and phase three on day three. Keep it simple!
The digestive system has turned back on and you are able to begin consuming heavier foods. This is the transition phase from phase one light high-water-content foods to foods from your normal diet. These foods are listed below.
Best Foods To Break A Fast – Phase Two
- Olive Oil
- Sesame Seeds
- Dried Fruit
- Vegetable Soups
Best Foods To Break A Fast – Phase Three
When you feel your digestive system is working properly and your body is adequately energized, you’re ready to reintroduce grains, starch vegetables, and cooked foods. Dairy and animal products can be reintroduced as well, but remember, these foods are clogging to the digestive system and cause high levels of acidosis.
CAUTION: Be careful with deep fried foods such as French fries or dairy such as high fat cheese. Foods with processed sugars should be consumed very minimally or not at all. The benefits of your fast can be reversed if you go back to eating a diet high in mucus forming foods! (Meat, Dairy, processed foods).
Breaking a fast correctly is critical; the time after your complete your fast is absolutely the most dangerous part of the fast.
Possible hazards of Breaking A Fast Incorrectly
- High levels of stress on heart, liver, lungs, and other vital organs
- Reversal of fasting benefits
- Shock to your system, resulting in potentially serious health conditions
Three days fasts are a good idea, since you do not have to be as cautious about breaking the fast as people who have fasted for 30 days or more.
Even though you may feel like you’re on cloud 9 nine when your body breaks a fast with cooked foods, this satisfaction will be short lived. Once the digestion process begins, you’ll feel energy being used for digestion instead of healing. Our taste buds are always ready for food, but our digestive system is not.
The healing power of fasting is second to none, but experts recommend a slow build up to longer fasts. Start with a one-day juice fast, then work up to a three-day fast, then a seven-day fast. This will prep you for a longer term fast correctly without putting yourself in danger by carrying out incorrect fasting methods.
Success Is Determined By How You Break Your Fast
In the end, your success is determined by how well you break your fast. Don’t let three days of healing on a fast go down the drain by breaking your fast incorrectly.
Breaking your fast correctly takes dedication and willpower, but when done correctly, you’ll enjoy all the incredible benefits of your fast. Practice with a one day fast soon and best of luck on your fasting journey!
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