HOW TO BREAK OR END A JUICE FAST
I'd like to share some juice fasting tips today on how to break your fast as I near the end of this series on juice fasting.
Breaking a juice fast is the most important phase of the whole fast because the beneficial effects of juice fasting can be totally undone if you break it incorrectly and unwisely.
"Even a fool can fast, but only a wise man knows how to break the fast properly and to build up properly after the fast!" - Dr. Otto F.H. Buchinger
Tip # 1 - DO NOT OVEREAT!
After disciplining yourself to fast, don't blow it by overeating the moment your fast ends. This is the first and most important rule regarding fasting, and it also happens to be the first and most important rule of healthy eating and longevity.
Tip # 2 - CHEW YOUR FOOD VERY WELL AND EAT SLOWLY
You'd be surprise to find out how many people eat their food in a hurry and don't really chew their food well enough. Chewing is a very important step in the digestion process, and if you skip it, you put an added strain on your stomach and digestive system. Chewing your food extremely well is all the more critical when you break your fast. Your stomach needs all the help it can get from you as it adjusts to food again, and the best way that you can help it is by eating slowly and chewing your food thoroughly for digestion purposes.
Tip # 3 - GRADUALLY TRANSITION TO A NORMAL DIET OVER SEVERAL DAYS
According to Dr. Paavo Airola, "In order to benefit from fasting to the greatest possible extent, it is of paramount importance that after fasting a build-up diet of vital natural foods be maintained....Such a diet will supply the healing and regenerative forces of your body with all the needed elements, so that the cleansing, regenerative, rejuvenative, and healing processes initiated by the body during fasting can be continued."
Make sure that your build-up diet is made up of organic natural live whole foods such as fruits, vegetables, greens, raw or sprouted whole grains, seeds, and nuts.
Here is a suggested eating schedule after breaking a juice fast.
Day One - Eat a whole apple in the morning (slowly), a very small bowl of raw vegetable salad for lunch, and continue to drink your usual vegetable broth and fruit and vegetable juices.
Day Two - Soaked figs or prunes, with the soaking water, for breakfast; a small bowl of raw vegetable salad for lunch; vegetable soup for dinner (made without salt); two apples can be eaten between meals; and continue to drink your usual juices and broth.
Day Three - Same as Day two, but add a few raw nuts and a small glass of yogurt for breakfast. Increase the size of your salad for lunch, and add a boiled or baked potato. In the evening, have fresh soup with a slice of whole-grain bread with butter and cheese.
Day Four - Start eating normally, but try to stick to a very healthy whole food diet, avoiding processed foods and sugars.
* If your juice fast lasted more than 10 days, the break-in period should be extended one day for every 4 days of fasting. For example, if you fasted for 14 days, then your break-in period should be four days instead of three.
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Wednesday, January 9, 2008
HOW TO BREAK OR END A JUICE FAST