Coming off the Fast – Do it Right or Don’t Fast

Finish Right - Smoothie

Now that you’ve finished your fast, what do you do? What “not to do” is to return to business as usual. You’ve just honored your body and done some deep healing. Don’t blow the benefits with a thoughtless food binge.

Properly coming off the fast/feast is more important than doing the fast/feast itself. Great care must be taken not to undo all the benefits of the fast. Take an amount of days equal to the length of the fast/feast to reintroduce solid foods into your diet. A 1 day fast requires 1 day of reintroduction. Your stomach will have shrunk during the fast so start with small portions and listen to your body. A fast is meant to reset your body to its optimal functioning. If you force yourself to eat the way you ate prior to the fast you might as well not fast at all. Simple foods in small portions is your key to success whether coming off a fast or just living life. If you can apply this rule to your life you will experience health and longevity.

Heathy and I went 4 days and broke the fast on day 5 with citrus. We’ve continued having juice each day while eating fruit and doing green smoothies. The smoothie above was made with Swiss chard, spinach, strawberries, apple, lecithin and a superfood blend of maca, lucuma, mesquite, cinnamon and bee pollen. It was really creamy and smooth.

My Typical break-fast meals for 7 day fast – no fats until day 5:

  • Start each morning with hot water and lemon or  water and apple cider vinegar

Day 1 – water, tea and green juice through out day

Salud!

  • morning: 1/2 of a ripe papaya
  • mid-day: 1/2 of a ripe papaya or melon
  • evening: green juice or miso soup

Day 2 – water, tea and green juice through out day

  • morning: oranges, grapefruit or pomelo
  • mid-day: oranges, grapefruit or pomelo
  • evening: apples, green juice or miso soup

Day 3 – water, tea and green juice through out day

  • morning: melon
  • mid-day: green smoothie- apple, berries, spinach, maca, lucuma
  • evening: apples, green juice or miso soup

Day 4 – water, tea and green juice through out day

  • morning: diced apples, soaked gojis and cinnamon
  • mid-day: mixed green salad with light vinegar herb dressing
  • evening: miso soup and sea veggie salad with kimchi

Day 5 – water, tea and green juice through out day

  • morning: diced apples, soaked gojis and cinnamon
  • mid-day: mixed green salad with avocado and a light vinegar herb dressing
  • evening: blended soup, gazpacho,with avocado

After day 5 you may slowly introduce oils into soups, sauces and dressings. It’s best to slowly reintroduce dehydrated foods, nuts, seeds and nut butters. Any heavy desserts like pies, chocolates and ice creams should be introduced after day 7. If you can’t hold out that long be sure the portion you eat is 1/3 of a serving and listen to how your body responds. Be conscious while eating and establish new health supporting eating habits.

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5 responses to “Coming off the Fast – Do it Right or Don’t Fast

  1. Rudie

    Great post,
    I just finish my 3 day fast with water, honey and on day 3 I add lemon, Coming off my fast I ate banana and apple and drink water, honey and lemon for breakfast. I feel great this is actually my first time fasting and I hope to continue annually to acheive optimal health.

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  2. Damien

    I have done many fasts over a 7 year period. I started with 7 days and worked up to 24 days. I came off drinking orange juice with pulp for 3 days to rebuild my stomach. This works great!!!!! The pulp gets the stomach ready to digest again.After the 3 days of juice I then made fresh stewed tomatoes and ate that a little here and there for a total of 3 days. I then started raw veggies and fruit for 5 days. I stayed away from bread and pasta for over 2 weeks. I must say that this is very easy to do and I have lost a total of 58 pounds and none of it ever returned! Best of luck to all!

  3. Christine

    Great post. This is just what I needed after I break my fast. The info on the web has been kind of vague as to when to start eating solid food again after the 1st day of breaking the fast. Thanks for the specific breakdown of what you ate each day after the fast.

  4. @TheAinzlee

    Thanks for the advice. Just coming off a juice fast myself. Broke it with a sandwich though. Trying to watch what I eat. Clean eating for sure.

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