How to Ease Back Into Eating After Fasting

Fruit and vegetable juices provide a great way to break a fast.
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Slowly reintroducing hard-to-digest foods after a fast will help to prevent uncomfortable gas and diarrhea. Some foods are complex for your body to break down and require a lot of digestive enzymes and multiple processes. It's best to ease back into eating high-fat, high-protein and high-carbohydrate foods to give your body time to adjust and to avoid getting indigestion.

Step 1

Drink 100 percent fruit and vegetable juices with no added sugar for the first day after your fast to give your body time to readjust to digesting calories. You can also have unsweetened tea, vegetable broth and water, but avoid any caffeinated beverages.

Step 2

On day two, eat one to two servings of both raw fruits and vegetables for each meal, such as carrots, apples, bananas, celery, red peppers and oranges, and drink fluids from step one.

Step 3

On day three, add lightly steamed vegetables, such as broccoli, kale and zucchini, and cooked whole grains, such as brown rice and oatmeal. One to two servings of grains and vegetables at each meal are appropriate, and raw foods and beverages from steps one and two can also be included.

Step 4

On the fourth day, add two servings of cooked legumes, such as black beans or garbanzo beans, and two servings of nuts and seeds, such as almonds or walnuts, to the previously allowed foods.

Step 5

On the fifth day, add low-fat dairy products, such as yogurt or skim milk, and add low-fat animal protein, such as eggs or grilled, skinless chicken.

Step 6

You can now return to your normal diet.

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