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Breaking the Fast April 2, 2012

Filed under: Discovering Health and Fun — lovepaintingrainbows @ 7:07 pm

So this is incredibly late. I was supposed to post this over two weeks ago, but a lot of things have happened in that time and there will probably be a post about that soon as well. I apologize if you were anxiously awaiting the conclusion to our juice “feast” experience.

This fast was more than just a physical cleanse for us. We kind of took a reboot to our home, spiritual journey, and re-organized our thoughts towards health, food, and living. It was a wonderful experience. It was the longest I have ever fasted and it is really awesome knowing that I am strong enough to do it!

Coming off of a fast is the most important part of the entire thing. How gently you break your fast determines how well your digestive system will respond and work from that point forward. Since the body has been mostly cleansing and not digesting, you need to be gentle with your digestive tract. The best way to break a fast is with some fruit. Citrus is usually the best fruit to start with. Just eat one orange or grapefruit in the morning. Take it slow and easy. Don’t forget to keep drinking water! Juice some fruits and veggies once or twice while eating fruit throughout the day as well.

The following days kind of depend on how long your fast was. If it was only between 1 and 3 days, it will be a little easier to add more back into your diet. Proteins like nuts and seeds can be added in next, along with heartier plants like squash and sweet potatoes. Healthy fats (like avocado, coconut oil, yogurt, raw milk, and other nutritious oils) are next, and carbohydrates should be added last. Make sure to keep getting enough water each day for the rest of your life. 🙂 I should for a gallon a day, or a minimum of 2 quarts (half a gallon).

I will post some links at the end that are some of my favorite sources for this information.

Remember that every body is at a different point in its health and you may or may not need to do a fast now. There is SO much information out there on fasting and cleansing. Just be sure to do your research and seek for what your body needs. The most important thing for our bodies that we have learned recently is to LOVE your body and your mind. You can’t love anyone else fully until you love yourself. You are awesome.

Love, Alisha