~ How To Fast ~

Preparing For Your Fast

[Much of what I am describing on this page is meant to apply to a water fast of 7 or more days. Shorter water fasts, especially if you are in reasonably good health and already familiar with water fasting from your own previous experience, generally do not require so much preparation. The ideal way to approach your first extended water fast for significant health problems is to go to a facility dedicated to fasting. Your fast will be supervised by a professional who has solid experience with it. If you have any questions, concerns or doubts about fasting and your particular health situation, be certain to get everything answered to your satisfaction before going through with it.]

General Guidelines to Prepare for Water-Only Fasting

The point of pre-fast preparation is to begin the process of metabolizing and eliminating some of the more superficial and noxious toxic material in your body. At the same time you stop polluting yourself with any more of the same.

First, some things to know:
1) If you have a significant health problem, it is always best to have a thorough health examination and have come to a reliable diagnosis so you know exactly what you are dealing with.

2) Medications are not compatible with fasting, with a few exceptions. As your body is healing the underlying problem of your disease, the need for medications drops dramatically. Oftentimes you can eliminate the medication(s) completely. However, if you have been taking meds for some time, you will need to slowly wean your body off of them before your fast. In some cases this can be done rapidly; others required significant time to wean off, or at least to greatly minimize the dosage. Discuss with the doctor who prescribed your medications about weaning off them in preparation for your fast.

3) Chronic disease conditions take time to fully overcome. It is very likely that you have created your disease, and you continue to ‘feed’ it and make it worse because of your lifestyle and mental/emotional habits. I assume that you have come to the point of taking full responsibility for your state of health and well-being. Likewise you are ready to learn the basics about healthful living and are ready to apply them in earnest.

Your body has been doing its best to adapt itself to the chronic disease situation you have created, always trying to minimize its negative effects. Every moment of every day your body is trying to heal the problem, but it must face a continuing onslaught of poor environment, poor foods and poor understanding of what normal, natural health requires of you. Once you learn and begin a seriously improved healthy lifestyle, your body and mind will immediately get on with the job of fixing you up. Be patient. Your body and mind will need time to slowly replace inferior cells, repair damaged tissues and rejuvenate you. To really get at the root of your issue, a wholistic lifestyle change on multiple levels is required. It is up to you how serious you want to be about it.

4) Also with long-term chronic disease conditions, it may be that one or more of your organs or systems has become quite compromised or even permanently damaged. It may not be possible to heal 100%. And, these compromised organs or systems may limit your ability to fast to some degree. Be careful with this, and do not overstep your limits. In my experience, some of the most serious cases of chronic disease have turned themselves around and improved far more than I would have imagined possible. Your extremely intelligent body will find a way, if it can. And in any case, it will take time. Whatever your limitation, you can intelligently do everything possible to give your body the best opportunity to heal as thoroughly as possible. With fasting, your body will do its utmost to heal every cell, tissue, organ and system, within its current limitations.

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Preparation Diet

OK, with all that stated and made clear to you, let’s look at the best way to prepare for your fast.

– Ideally 4 weeks, but at least 2 weeks before your fast begins, taper off and quickly eliminate any fried food, junk food, stimulants or sedatives – coffee, chocolate, herbal teas, tobacco, alcohol, recreational drugs, etc. You may go through some minor withdrawal symptoms: headache, muscle aches, maybe stomach or intestinal discomforts. If these occur, drink plenty of water and get extra sleep/naps/R&R. Don’t take any extra drugs to ‘treat’ the withdrawal symptoms… just stay with it until the symptoms disappear. The withdrawal symptoms will pass.

– Two weeks to one week before your fast, taper off and eliminate all red meats, cheese and milk (all cow milk products), pasta and breads. Taper off and eliminate chicken, turkey, fish, and eggs. Continue to eat lots of fruits and veggies and salads. Brown rice, beans, and potatoes are good starches to eat. Go very easy with spicy stuff: garlic, onions, spicy peppers, and any other strong spices.

– One week to 4 days before your fast, stop using oils in cooking and in salads.

– For the final 4 days before your fast, eat only raw, ripe and fresh fruits, vegetables, raw nuts and seeds. Eat as much of these foods as you like.

In the last few days leading up to your fast, ideally eat only 1 fruit per ‘meal.’ This is called a mono-meal.  For example, if you are hungry for bananas, eat as many as you need to eat to feel pleasantly full. This may be 1 banana or 7 bananas. Make it a mono-meal of bananas. Mono-meals are best for optimal digestion. This is how most mammals eat in Nature. Your body perfectly adapts to the banana meal as it stimulates the production of the necessary enzymes, digestive materials and fluids in your digestive tract to handle it. All the nutrients the bananas provide will be optimally digested, assimilated and made available to the rest of your body, along with the whole process generating the least amount of waste products.

Compare this simple meal of bananas to a very complicated 5-course meal consisting of a crazy variety of foods. Your poor brain and digestive tract is freaking out trying to figure out how to deal with this mess you are putting into your mouth. Different foods require different enzymes, conditions, timing and many other factors to properly digest them. When you eat complicated meals, you force your body to expend considerably more energy and resources to get what it can from the foods. And inevitably there will be far more metabolic waste products generated that your body will have to deal with. In fact, chronically poor diets of poor foods, along with regularly overtaxing digestive capacity is what is largely at the root of chronic disease.

Optimal digestion not only gives the best and highest amount of nutrients, it also requires far less vital energy to get the job done. This frees up extra energy for other uses… and usually your body will take that energy and put it to use ‘cleaning house’ inside you. In essence, you are already starting the internal cleansing process which will kick into overdrive during your fast.

– Continue this raw fruit/veg/nut/seed diet until 2 days before your fast. For example, eat 4-5 oranges and a small handful of almonds for breakfast. Or 4-5 bananas at a time as a mono-meal. Have a big salad at dinner. Chew everything very well. Best to chew and ensalivate every mouthful until it is a liquid in your mouth, then swallow. Eat until full, and as often as you desire.

– Two days before your fast, eat only fruits. All types of fruit are fine; eat plenty.

– One day before your fast, consume only juices. Any kind of juice will do – fruit or vegetable. Make sure it is 100% juice and ideally freshly made. Do not add sugar, spices or tart/pungent ingredients (pepper, ginger, garlic, etc). Continue to drink plenty of water.

You’ve prepared well; your body is already beginning its detoxification and healing work. This will make it much easier to glide right into your fast with ease.

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To summarize:
  • 4 weeks (minimum 2 weeks) before fasting – Eliminate fried food, coffee, chocolate, sugar, red meat, cheese and dairy products, refined pasta and breads.
  • 2 weeks to one week before fasting – Eliminate fish, chicken, turkey, and eggs.
  • 1 week to 4 days before fasting – Eliminate oils on salads and in cooking.
  • 4 days before fasting – Eat only raw, ripe fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds. No spices.
  • 2 days before fasting – Eat only fruit – any kind, all you want.
  • 1 day before fasting – only have fresh juices, fruit or vegetable.

The Fast

Trust Your Body

Unfortunately, there exists much misinformation about fasting, and many groundless fears about what happens while fasting. The fundamental fact to know and remember is that the Supreme Intelligence that created your body and mind is the same intelligence that will heal, recover and maintain your body and mind if their needs are properly met. This Intelligence orchestrates and supervises the fast, and carries out all of the amazingly intricate healing and rejuvenation processes that occur while fasting. The body knows exactly what it is doing, when to do it and how to do it. Though sometimes we uncomfortably detoxify faster than we might like, this is rarely if ever dangerous. The body detoxifies with precision, at exactly the rate and intensity that it knows it can safely handle.

The Stages of Fasting

Your body goes through several distinct phases when you begin to water fast.

After your last meal, your body scours your digestive tract for any nutrients or calories that it can find. This source of nutrition might last for 4-8 hours. Once your body has depleted this source, it goes to the liver for the glycogen (compacted sugars) stored there.

The liver’s glycogen stores will last between 8-12 hours, at which point the body, maximizing efficiency, goes to the next most readily available source of glucose – glycogen stored in muscles.

Once all body glycogen stores are exhausted, the body will burn any extra available protein for a short time. As you continue to fast, your body does not want to lose any more protein and muscle than necessary.

After a day or so of using protein/amino acids for energy, the body will switch over to a less efficient but far safer long term source of fuel: adipose tissue, which are your body’s fat stores. This metabolic process of burning primarily fat for energy is called ketosis. It begins about 48 hours after your last meal, and is a natural, built-in process for extending a fast as long as is necessary.

Your body stores uneliminated toxic debris primarily in your fat tissues, so deep cleansing and detoxification does not begin until the fat-burning ketosis stage of the fasting process.

Metabolic ketosis continues for the duration of your fast. Your body will consume roughly 1 pound (0.5kg) of fat stores each day, on average. More at the beginning, less as the fast continues. Depending on the amount of fat reserves that you have, your fast can theoretically continue fasting for quite some time. However, there is almost no reason to push fasting to your body’s limits. For most people, much shorter fasts are best. Usually 1-2 weeks is appropriate for most cases. Longer fasts can be much more difficult in our modern era because our bodies are carrying far more toxic debris, synthetic chemicals and heavy metals than our ancestors ever did. Add to this the fact that many of us have eaten loads of very poor quality foods over the years, and lack adequate exercise and sleep. You can imagine that the detoxification burden is much more severe for a faster today.

Detox Symptoms

There are many detoxification symptoms which may arise while fasting, and a few that almost certainly will occur: lowered blood pressure, lowered body temperature, coated tongue and a generalized weakness as your body redirects its vital energies toward healing and rejuvenation. These typical symptoms are not to be feared, but rather to be respected and honored as you proceed through the fast. Trust in your body to do what is necessary, when it is necessary. Assist it in every way you can.

The ‘healing’ reactions you get from fasting are dependent on your existing health level and the toxic load present in your body. The first three days can be the most difficult until one’s appetite for food diminishes and disappears, which it normally does after the third day. Many people experience headaches, joint pain and other localized discomforts in the first few days.

Dizziness

Blood pressure is virtually guaranteed to drop while fasting, and will remain in your optimum range after the fast if wise lifestyle choices are followed. This is great news for the huge numbers of people who have significant hypertension. The drop in blood pressure while fasting is worth noting for all fasters because below-normal blood pressure often occurs while fasting. While not inherently dangerous or problematic, you need to be aware of this effect so you do not get dizzy and fall. This temporary situation is called orthostatic hypotension (i.e. temporary low blood pressure to the head due to standing up too fast and getting dizzy).

Whenever rising from bed or standing up, always move slowly and carefully, especially after several days of fasting. You may get light-headed and dizzy very quickly because of slower blood flow to your head. Get up slowly and gently. From a lying position, first sit up and stabilize, then slowly stand while supporting yourself with your hands gripping a stable object nearby.

Should you stand up too quickly, or feel dizzy at any time, immediately drop to a sitting or kneeling position, and lower your head between your knees. This will insure ample blood supply to the brain, quickly eliminating the dizziness. Rise again slowly afterwards to insure your equilibrium.

Body Temperature

Your body temperature is also virtually guaranteed to drop while fasting. Again, this is not inherently a problem, though it means you may need to take extra measures to maintain your body temperature, especially when fasting in the winter season. Don’t wait until you’re chilled to warm up. Doing so means that you are wasting your body’s precious energy – energy that could be used for cleansing and healing. Rather, seek to stay warm at all times. This may mean wearing more clothes than you would if not fasting. Keeping warm is generally not a problem when you are in bed and wrapped up in a comforter and blankets.

Coated Tongue

Your tongue will most likely become coated during your fast, possibly at the onset, and will probably remain coated during your entire fast. Foul breath will accompany the coated tongue. This is normal and is thought to indicate the degree of debris in your upper respiratory tract and upper digestive tract (sinuses, lungs, mouth, throat, trachea, esophagus). Sometimes the tongue will clear itself, and within a day or so become coated again, indicating that the body is working through pockets or layers of material. You can clean your tongue with a tongue scraper, or brush the coating off with a wet toothbrush (no toothpaste). Don’t be surprised if it returns fairly quickly. This is normal. Just keep your tongue and mouth as clean as necessary to feel comfortable.

This coating will alter the sensitivity of your taste buds, and you may find the water tastes good one day, and not-so-good the next. It is not the water that has changed, but your perception of taste.

Backache

Lower back pain may occur due to toxic material stored in the low back muscles, tendons and related structures. Back pain may also result from toxins stored in the colon. The pain often decreases after elimination of the toxins. Back stretching can help relieve the pain.

Nausea

Many toxic wastes are detoxified by the liver, mixed with bile in the gall bladder and then dumped into the upper small intestine. Sometimes a portion of it will regurgitate up into the stomach. This causes nausea. Drinking more water, especially warm water will dilute the bile, helping to flush it from the system. Also you may try putting a squirt of lemon or lime in your water before drinking. This often helps.

Extended Fasting

With longer fasting you will notice some days are symptom free, then as you move into deeper layers of detoxification you will experience episodes of arising symptoms as your body cleanses further. At times you may feel weak or tired, so you should listen to your body and rest. Periods of high-energy and mental clarity will be experienced and can be variable, alternating between periods of healing reactions and symptom free days.

With extended fasts it is also normal to have strong emotional reactions that have been suppressed, as the body brings these to the surface for healing and resolution. This can be a difficult period. Hang in there with it. Meditation and perhaps some counseling will help.

How to Do a Fast Right

Water

Drink at least 2 liters/quarts of water/day. Maintaining hydration is essential. I do not recommend dry fasting.

Rest

Lying down and ceasing all activity is the ideal way to fast. Fasting is often thought of as abstaining from food, but this is really only part of the story. To provide the body with the optimal conditions in which to heal, it’s important to provide complete rest – physical and psychological. The digestive tract can require 50% or more of the body’s daily energy expenditure. Fasting gives your body a complete rest from digestive tasks.

Complete rest also requires minimizing unnecessary mental function, as the brain is the second highest consumer of the body’s energy, using about 35%. You can certainly read, write, and talk if you choose to, but your deep healing processes will be more effective if you don’t engage in these activities any more than necessary.

During the fast the body does not want to waste energy on walking, talking, and so on. Rest is the major “activity.” Healing is the priority. Fasting is a time to thoroughly and deeply rest your body and mind.

Spend most of your time lying down with your eyes closed. Doing so dramatically reduces the body’s energy consumption, providing very deep levels of rest. When you lie down and close your eyes, your heart rate slows down, respiratory rate slows down, and brain waves become slower, more synchronized, and more uniform. These physiological changes come with a deep resting state, and tremendous energy has been freed up for cleansing and healing.

Closing your eyes is important because about 70% of the total amount of sensory information comes in through the eyes. Whenever your are open, you expend a lot of energy processing the incoming information. Remember that you are attempting to provide the body all available energy for cleansing and healing, rather than diverting energy away for other purposes. Any unnecessary activity consumes energy, making it unavailable to the detox and healing process.

Go Within

Be introspective, separating yourself from the outside world in order to get in touch with yourself at the deepest level. Try to keep outside calls and social interactions to a minimum as they usually distract you from this process and cause you to burn a lot of vital energy.

Be willing to fully experience the process. Allow yourself to acknowledge and experience any physical or emotional symptoms that may surface. During a fast, you may re-experience old physical and emotional wounds that were never allowed to heal completely. Honor your process and be patient with yourself.

Though you won’t be able to sleep all the time – unless your body actually needs that much sleep – you can rest in other ways. It is very helpful to meditate often throughout your stay. Meditation has huge benefits, and it provides a level of rest that is in some ways more beneficial than sleep. Please note, meditation can never replace sleep, which is a physiological necessity.

Reading, listening to uplifting music, observing nature around you – these are constructive activities suited to fasting.

Light Activity

It can be good to do some gentle stretching and take slow, short walks while fasting to keep the lymphatic fluid moving. Very slow, focused yoga movements are ideal. The amount of activity you engage in is very much dependent on your existing condition and how you are feeling that day. A very little bit of activity goes a long way while fasting! Be alert and listen to your body – don’t overdo it. Fasting is resting, not a workout. You may feel weak during a water fast and may need to rest much more often. Do not be concerned if you do not feel like moving around much. It’s always better to rest.

Sunbathing

Short sunbaths are very beneficial during a fast. However, be VERY careful when sunbathing. If you can normally handle 15 minutes of direct sunlight on your body, you might be able to handle 5 minutes when fasting. Sunbathing is far more enervating at this time, so always sunbathe for a much shorter time when fasting. The benefits will still be there for you.

Showers/Bathing

An occasional shower or bath aids in cleansing the skin and pores, and assist the removal of toxins. You may notice greatly increased body odor, especially if you are/were a smoker or have eaten lots of intense spices and condiments. The skin is a large organ and many toxins are removed through the pores causing a gummy deposit on the surface of the skin. It may help to brush the skin removing the sludge that is deposited there. But don’t get preoccupied with staying clean during your fast. If you do take a shower, set the temperature at a very comfortable level. Not hot and not cold. Even mild extremes of temperature will very quickly enervate your body. Hot or cold showers can really tire you out very fast, far more than you might expect, and they waste lots of precious energy you need for the fasting process.

Summary: The keys to successful fasting are:

1. Eliminate or minimize all unnecessary activity.

2. Provide your body with the deepest levels of rest possible.

3. Drink enough water (~ 2 quarts/liters a day).

4. Maintain your body temperature. DO not let yourself get chilled.

5. Always rise slowly to minimize the onset of dizziness.

6. Only occasional light activity – don’t waste your energy!

7. Only occasional body-temperature showers.

8. Limit sunbathing to 1/4 to 1/3 of the time you normally devote to it.

9. Relax in the knowledge that you are providing yourself with an amazing gift of health and insight.

How Long Should You Fast?

The duration of your fast and the length of your stay is always an individual matter. The duration of your fast depends on your personal goals, spiritual aspirations, any illness or disease you wish to heal or improve, and how much time you have available.

Ideally, if you have unlimited time available, the actual length of your fast will be determined as it proceeds, depending on how you do from day to day.

For every 2 days of fasting you should plan on a minimum of 1 full day of post-fast eating; for example, a fast of 8 days requires a minimum of 4 days of proper eating after breaking your fast.

The best way, however, is to budget enough time so that the length of the fast and the time spent recuperating and regaining strength afterwards are the same; for example, 8 days fasting and 8 days recuperation after the fast for a total of 16 days. This way you are much better able to sustain and integrate the benefits of your fast, as well as getting a good start toward developing better lifestyle practices for yourself.

If you are new to water fasting, with little or no experience with it, then a relatively short fast is recommended. Make your first fast a short one so that you can see how it feels and how your body responds. After that first fast, in a month or so you can plan for a more in-depth fast.

Breaking The Fast

Break-Fast

For break-fast it is best to begin with either fresh fruit juice or veggie juice, delicious whole fruits and/or raw vegetables. What you eat to break your fast has a lot to do with what disease problems you are trying to overcome. Begin with very small meals of fruits, or perhaps juices. You then gradually move into larger meals of fruits and vegetables over time, depending on how long you have fasted.

If your fast is being professionally supervised, then the question of which types of break-fast foods are best will be handled for you. If you are fasting on your own, whole fruit is often best, eaten in small amounts, being careful to never overeat at this crucial time Always go slowly, and carefully notice what your body is telling you to do. Break-fast and post-fast eating is as important as the fast itself. It is often very difficult to maintain healthful eating and living habits immediately after a fast, and this time of break-fast is a great opportunity to improve your whole outlook about food. It is a time for deeper education and personal discipline in healthful living practices.

Restarting Your Metabolism

While fasting, your metabolism has been through great changes, and your digestive system has become less and less active. Indeed, after 5 days or so, your digestive system has essentially been turned off. Therefore, you need to bring it back up to full functioning slowly and with great care, in order to maximize digestive strength and to best preserve the benefits you received during the fast.

The best way to break-fast is with delicious high water-content foods. Fruit fits the bill perfectly! As you begin eating fruit, sugars will again be entering your bloodstream. Your body will very quickly end the state of ketosis and switch back to normal metabolism. All normal digestive operations will again begin their normal work. If you have completed a long water fast, your digestive system will take some time to come fully back on line, so go slowly with realimentation (eating again). Regarding quantity of food – always stay well within your digestive limits. Go slowly, then add more food as your body can handle it. With short fasts your digestive machinery will quickly come back to normal functioning, and generally you do not have to be as careful as with a longer fast.

Your Heightened Sensitivity to Food

The ideal way to re-introduce yourself to food and eating is to put to use your newly tuned-up senses of sight, smell and taste. Your sense of smell and taste with be very keen right now. When it is time to break your fast, provide yourself with several different fruits to choose from. For example: watermelon, cantelope, apple, grapes, mango. Observe the fruit in front of you… Which one looks most appealing? Which color grabs you? Which shape and texture appeals to you? Which fruit emanates the most ‘energy’ that speaks of its vitality and ripeness?

Next, smell each fruit in front of you, one by one. Which one smells the best to you? Which fragrant aroma delights you most strongly? Close your eyes and take in the fragrance of each fruit that you find enticing.

Now that you’ve chosen which fruit you wish to eat, take it with you and enjoy in quiet solitude, giving thanks for your own fast, the miracle of your body and mind, and the pure pleasure that it affords you. After this short blessing of gratitude, enjoy your first meal! You’ll love it.

Refeeding

You should have one small piece of fruit at a time. It will taste wonderful! Throughout your first day after the fast, it is best to eat small quantities of fruit at a time, and eat often throughout the day. For example, it would be best to eat 1 small orange, then maybe 1.5 hours later have half a mango or maybe a small bowl of papaya. Then two hours later have another orange or a banana. Then 1.5 hours later have a slice of watermelon or some pineapple. And so on, throughout the day. This way you bring up your digestive functions slowly and gently.

Depending on the length of your fast, you should have only fresh juicy fruit for one to several days. If your fast was a longer one (7+ days), you should have only fruit for several days after your fast. With each successive day, you may increase the quantity of fruit eaten at each meal and go longer between meals, as your digestive capacity increases.

Once you are digesting fruits easily and well, you may have certain green leafy vegetables and/or celery and cucumbers. It is best to not eat foods high in fat for several days after your fast– avocados, nuts/seeds, etc. Each person is different, but you can be certain that you will do very well with fruit.

Recovery Time

Recovery time necessary after a fast will vary with the individual, and with the length of the fast. And generally, the younger the faster, the quicker the recovery time.

Another general consideration is that the longer the fast, the longer the recovery time, and that time increases geometrically with longer fasts.

For example, a fast of 7 days might need 3-7 more days for (more-or-less) full recovery. 14 days fasting may need 10-14 more days for full recovery. 21 days may need 28 days recovery time. 30 or more days fasting may need 6-8 weeks recovery time, and so on.

The first half of your recovery time is the most difficult; i.e. after a 21-day fast, the first 8-10 days are more difficult, as the body is still in transition mode. During this metabolic transition back to normal functioning, you ‘energy batteries’ are slowly being recharged, and even then most of the available energy is being redirected toward internal housekeeping and optimal reactivation and resetting of countless internal functions. Go very slowly in everything you do, and be extra careful with what you eat. The remaining days of recovery are relatively easy, though one is still not up to full speed.

The main points are that:

– the longer the fast, the extra-longer the recovery time,

– early days of recovery are much more tiring than later recovery,

– older age makes fasting and recovery more difficult, esp if fasting is not regularly practiced. If your body is suffering from quite a few chronic problems, and your overall vitality is weak, you will likely have many challenging symptoms along the way during your fast. Depending on your body’s energy expenditure required to deal with all the internal problems during your fast, that could limit the length of the fast and also complicate recovery.

Nevertheless, in the big picture, all of the challenges are definitely worth it. You will feel incredibly new again, your problems gone.

Another option is to do several shorter fasts over a period of time. This will be far easier on your body, but will stretch out the time needed to obtain the benefits you are looking to achieve. Also, shorter fasts do not allow the body to ‘dig as deep’ into the root causes of disease, so again, shorter fasts will eventually get the job done, but it will take longer.

Assuming there is not a critical need demanding an immediate long fast, then perhaps these shorter fasts are the way to go. Shorter fasts will likely fit into your lifestyle easier, and recovery time from short fasts are far easier than long ones.

Post Fast

Post Fast

Now that you are coming back up to speed, you’ll want to continue improving your health by changing your daily routine toward far more healthful lifestyle practices. You’ll greatly improve your chances of never having to deal with your previous health problems again. And you’ll continue to feel better, look better, have more energy, think more clearly, creatively and find yourself far more productive than ever.

Continue eating lots of fruit, and gradually introduce more vegetables, and slowly add in small quantities of nuts and seeds. ALWAYS check in with your own body before eating anything. Stay with a high-level, high-nutrient, high water content, clean and high-vitality diet. Chew everything very, very well. Ideally, never swallow food until you have chewed it enough to be of a liquid consistency. This optimizes digestion so that you get the most nutrients possible from your food. This will help you maintain the benefits you have achieved from your fast, and continue to gain more and more vitality and peace of mind and body as time goes by.

If you choose to consume other cooked or animal foods, such as bread, pasta, beans, eggs, milk, cheese, fish, chicken, meat, etc., know that these foods will tend to clog your system and be much harder to digest. The best rule of thumb is that raw foods are better than cooked foods, and plant foods are better than animal foods.

If eating cooked foods or animal foods, emphasize plant and animal foods that are conservatively cooked, or raw if possible. Though these foods certainly have nutrients, the overall net effect tends to be negative, because they burden the body with loads of poorly digested or outright toxic materials that require energy and nutrients from your own body to process and eliminate. If indulging, it is best to wait at least 2-3 weeks after your fast before eating these foods. And if your fast was a long one (>14 days), it is better to wait for at least a month.

Eat rice, potatoes and similar starchy foods, along with steamed veggies as first choices for cooked foods. However, if you do partake of them, be sure to use your own body and your senses to see, smell and taste them thoroughly, keenly noticing how your body & mind reacts to them. Also, keenly notice how you feel afterwards – 10 minutes later, 30 minutes later, 2 hours later. Notice how you feel the next morning when you wake up – how clear, clean and peaceful you feel, compared to your diet of raw fruits and veggies.

This is an excellent time for you to grow in awareness about how foods affect you on all levels. Use this time wisely! Keep a journal of the responses from your body and mind, and continue to make good decisions into the future as you fine-tune your diet and lifestyle.

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