After fasting, you must now break the fast in the proper way or you will not get the true benefit of it. In fact, you get the best results of a fast depending on the dietary management you employ once the fast is broken. And remember, the longer the fast, the more care you should take to break it.
After you break your fast, take care not to eat too often and too much. At this time, your digestive organs are completely inactive, so it would be wrong to overload them suddenly with a large quantity of food as this may lead to indigestion and other serious problems. Instead, the organs should be trained to return to normal activity slowly, beginning with small quantities of light food.
How To Break Your Fast:
The minute you break your fast, eat a few tablespoons of freshly toasted plain popcorn. An hour after eating popcorn, have a glass of lemon, lime, orange or grapefruit juice. Also, eat a small bowl of raw vegetables and for lunch vegetable soup and drink a lot of fresh juice. If you get on to eating heavy food like meat it would lead to stomach cramps, nausea and weakness, negating the benefits of the fast.
On day two, have prunes or figs soaked in water for breakfast. For lunch, have a small bowl of fresh vegetable salad and vegetable soup at dinner. Between meals, eat two apples, or a fruit salad and fresh fruit juices. Gradually increase the quantity of fresh fruit juice as you progress from day two.
The next day, eat the same as day two, but add some ground dates and nuts to your diet. Now, you can also eat a little manna bread or cooked grain such as quinoa, buckwheat, or millet. You can also choose to supplement the fruit diet with raw vegetables and salads or a regular vegetarian diet.
On day four, eat the kind of food you ate the previous day, but see if your stomach accepts this food. If it reacts, take care and eat smaller meals and eat only if and when you are hungry. A golden rule of fasting is that when breaking a 10-day fast, the break-in period should be extended by one day for every four days of fasting.
Some Tips To Break Your Fast:
- Don’t gulp your food down – eat slowly and chew your food well.
- Don’t binge once you break your fast. Listen to your body and try to judge how much food you really need to lead a healthy life.
- During the break-in period, survive on juices alone as this is gentle nourishment for your body.
Once you break your fast, you will feel good eating smaller portions of food, as you know how sluggish you can feel by overeating. Besides, rich foods comprising fat, salt and processed sugars will cause nausea, headaches and weakness, whereas a few fruits can be very satisfying and can make you feel very energetic. So, get the most benefit out of your fast by observing the break-in rules minutely.