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Foods to Eat After Fasting

Foods to Eat After Fasting



People fast for many reasons – health, before surgery, religious, or to lose weight. When you fast, enzymes in the digestive system are diminished. To build these back up, you need to eat carefully to allow your body time to recover.

Another side effect is that your stomach will lose some of its mucus lining. Your stomach will be more sensitive to spicy or acidic food. Also, eat small meals every couple of hours as you readjust to normal food.

Another side effect is that your stomach will lose some of its mucus lining. Your stomach will be more sensitive to spicy or acidic food. Also, eat small meals every couple of hours as you readjust to normal food.



Fruit and Raw Fruit Juice

Fruits are a great way to break your fast. The fruits are rich in water and easy to digest. Eat watery fruits like watermelon, grapes and apples. Do not eat citrus fruits because your stomach has lost part of its protective coating.



If you squeeze your own juice, your body can use the nutrients more easily. Follow it with a bowl of juicy fruit and a full glass of water.

Raw Vegetables and Vegetable Juice

Raw organic vegetables and vegetable juices should follow your fruit. By extracting vegetables, you release nutrients that your body can easily access. The extra water will also help. Try a glass of fresh carrot juice with a glass of celery or beet juice. If you want something solid, follow the juice with a small salad (without salad dressing).

Better Nutrition recommends organic vegetables because they are free from pesticides, herbicides, hormones, antibiotics and other harmful chemicals that can upset your stomach.


Sprouts

If you're growing sprouts, try a small bowl of mixed sprouts like sunflower, buckwheat, alfalfa, chickpeas, broccoli, lentils, adzuki beans, cabbage and mung beans. It takes a few days to germinate seeds, so plan ahead to break your fast with them.

The beaks are easy to digest and are rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They are also rich in chlorophyll, the substance that makes plants green. It also helps cleanse your body - important for a post-fast body.


Broth

The broth is a thin soup made from vegetables or bones, herbs and salt simmered in water. The broth may contain pieces of vegetables or meat. Your great-grandmother probably made broth for a family recovering from a serious illness.

It is easy to digest and rich in nutrients. Try making your own vegetable or bone broths for maximum health benefits.


Yogurt or Cultured Milk Products

As you fast, you change your population of gut bacteria. If you fast unintentionally because of an illness, drugs like antibiotics modify the gut bacteria. To rebuild a healthy population, add cultured or fermented dairy products to your post-fast diet.

Yogurt and kefir are great sources of good bacteria. While Greek yogurt contains an excellent balance of protein and fat with a wide range of vitamins and minerals.

Check the label to see if the product contains live active cultures or is fermented.


Protein

When you fast, your body breaks down muscle tissue. To rebuild muscle, eat protein. Carefully add small amounts of high-quality protein to your post-fat diet. Protein requires digestion, so don't start with meat.

Lean proteins include beef, chicken, pork, salmon, tuna and whole eggs. Quinoa, chia seeds, seitan and of course beans are excellent sources of quality vegetable protein. Vegetable proteins are just as healthy as meat proteins.



Nuts

Nuts are an important source of protein and healthy fats. They also contain magnesium and potassium. Eating a few nuts after breaking your fast is a good way to get very important fatty acids.

Nuts can lower blood sugar and cholesterol, so they're great snacks. Remember that nuts are high in calories, so take it easy.



Grains

Cereals include more than wheat and rice. Some are incredible sources of protein and are easily digested by the stomachs after fasting. Quinoa, sprouted grains and oats are very good for you. Don't go too far by eating cereal.

These are 100% carbohydrates. Too many carbohydrates are hard on the body. If you are fasting for health reasons, do not negate the benefits by eating too many carbohydrates.

Avoid white flour and white rice. Your body easily converts them into sugar and makes up for all the benefits you got from fasting.



Eggs

Golden eggs appear in old cookbooks as a great invalid food, so adding eggs to your meals after fasting is a good idea. In fact, pampering can come from cooking golden eggs.

Whole eggs are rich in protein, vitamins, antioxidants and minerals. Eat a boiled or poached egg post-fast for a quick intake of healthy nutrients. Don't worry about cholesterol because recent studies show that eggs don't increase cholesterol.

Fasting for Weight Loss

Fasting for weight loss is not effective because it slows your metabolism. However, if you want to completely change your diet, fasting can be a great way to switch. Once you have fasted and broken your fast with fruit and the other foods we have discussed, rethink your whole diet.

Focus on avoiding all artificial sugars and sweeteners, limiting carbohydrates to good carbohydrates like whole grains, increasing good proteins and increasing your intake of vegetables.

When Not to Fast

Fasting can be difficult for your body, so if you are pregnant or already malnourished, do not fast. If you have heart, liver or kidney problems, talk to your doctor first. If you are taking medication, tell your doctor before fasting.

Finally, fasting for a day or two is probably not harmful to a healthy person. If you are planning one of the more stringent fasting regimes, such as a 21- or 40-day fast, talk to your doctor. These can be very hard on your body.

Conclusion

Fasting is popular for many reasons. Before fasting, talk to your doctor. After fasting, gently reintroduce your body into food, starting with fresh fruit or freshly made fruit juice. Don't go too far to eat. You are going to make yourself sick.

Remember that your metabolism, gastric enzymes, gastric lining and good bacteria will be suppressed. Eating carefully will bring your stomach back to normal mode.

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