Breaking Fast

How to break a fast properly and safely

Break Fasting

Breaking the fast in the right way is of utmost importance especially after a prolonged fast. During the fasting period your stomach shrinks and produces less gastric juice because of the absence of solid food. Introducing heavy meals immediately after the fast may cause discomfort like gastric spasm, nausea, vomit or headache.

"Any fool can go on a fasting,
but only the wise breaks the fast in the right manner".
- George B. Shaw

A successful fasting does not end on the last day without food. The aim is to attain lasting effects. That means, not getting back into the old habit and addiction to certain food, at least not straight away. Breaking the fast properly leads to healthy and rewarding “fruits”.

A longer fasting requires a longer time to adjust the intestine to solid food. Everybody is different, but generally it requires around half the time of the total fasting days. The first key rule is to gradually start eating solid food. To make it clear, do not eat cooked food with fat or oil, fried food, and meat, salad dressings with mayo etc. It is also best to wait a couple of days with drinking coffee.

Personal Note:

I have once neglected the fast-breaking rules after a one week detox fasting retreat in a group. For some reason I felt a bit disappointed when I went home. It is not unusual, that such feeling sometimes occur during or after a fast. Anyway, arrived at home I saw my adored coffee machine (I am a coffee lover) and thought a coffee, that is, what I need right now.

I should have wait 3 more days with drinking coffee! When the coffee was running in the cup, I thought myself, that doesn't smells really good. Ignoring the first sign, I sat down and took my first sip, you probably guess it, it tasted disgusting. My body wasn't ready yet for coffee at all!


What should and can you eat in the first few days?

Begin with some vegetable puree or a light vegetable broth and some fruits for the first day. Do only eat small portions at once. It is better to have several small meals during the day. Eat only when you are hungry, but do eat when you are. Do not wait until you are starving. Why? Because when you are starving you might get into the risk of craving some food that you should not eat yet.

Eat slowly and chew properly and have some breaks between. Again, your stomach responses still delicate to solid food. It also helps to avoid eating to much.

Gradually add each day more solid food to your diet. Still drink some fruit or vegetable juice if you feel like. Do not think, you have to eat certain food, because you have not eat it for so long. Just listen to your body. The taste of food can change after fasting which is normal. That means, you may like or dislike some or other food more then before the fast.

Last but not least, beware of buying chocolate, cookies, frozen pizza or fries in advance just to have it ready “in case of”. Buy it, when your stomach is ready for it. It keeps you away from any discomfort your stomach may eventually will show otherwise.

After all, if you have gone through a fasting and properly done
the process of breaking fast, you can be proud of you!
Well done!

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