12-30-2007, 08:13 PM
Today is my second day of a water fast with a squeeze of lime. my goal is for days. i am wondering how i should do my transformation from fast to juice, also what types juice/vegetables?
12-31-2007, 07:13 AM
Breaking a fast must be planned and done slowly and carefully to prevent creating symptoms and sickness. It is suggested that we take several days, or half of our total cleansing time, to move back into our diet, which is hopefully a newly planned, more healthful diet. Our digestion has been at rest, so we need to go slowly and chew our foods very well. If we have fasted on water alone, we need to prepare our digestive tract with diluted juices, perhaps beginning with a few teaspoons of fresh orange juice in a glass of water and progressing to stronger mixtures throughout the day. Diluted grape or orange juice will stimulate the digestion. Arnold Ehret, a European fasting expert and proponent of the "mucusless" diet, suggests that fruits and fruit juices should not be used right after a meat eaterís first fast because they may coagulate intestinal mucus and cause problems. More likely, a meat eaterís colon bacteria are different than a vegetarianís; with fruit sugars, the active gram-positive anaerobic bacteria in the meat eater will produce more toxins. Initially, a transition from meats to more vegetable foods will then allow a smoother fast, mainly with vegetable juices. They could also take extra acidophilus to begin to shift their colon ecology.
With juice fasting, it is easier to make the transition back into foods. A raw low-starch vegetable, such as spinach or other greens, can be used. A little sauerkraut, a fermented cabbage, helps to stimulate the digestive function. A laxative-type meal, such as grapes, cherries, or soaked or stewed prunes, can also be used to initiate eating, as it is important to keep the bowels moving. Some experts say that the bowels should move within an hour or two after the first meal. If not, take an enema. Some people may do a saltwater flush (drinking a quart of water with 2 teaspoons of sea salt dissolved in it) before their first day of food.
However you make the transition, go slowly, chew well, and do not overeat or mix too many foods at a meal. Simple vegetable meals, or salads, can be used to start. Fruit should be eaten alone. Soaked prunes or figs are helpful. From there, progress slowly through grains and vegetables. Some nuts, seeds, or legumes can be added. Coming back into foods is a crucial time for learning individual responses or reactions to them. You may even wish to keep notes, following such areas as energy level, intestinal function, sleep patterns, and food desires. If you respond poorly to a food, avoid it for a while, perhaps a week, and then eat it alone to see how it feels.
12-31-2007, 02:01 PM
Thank you for your knowledgeable reply, i will follow your advice. today is my third day of four, I woke up lethargic and week however after several glass of water and a squeeze of lime and a 30 min yoga i feel great. ""for now"
01-01-2008, 06:52 AM
Thank you for your knowledgeable reply, Bryan
I can not take the credit for the knowledge as it is something that I have copied from a site on fasting.
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