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After completion of your fast, an individualized raw food diet of fresh juice and delicious tropical fruits and raw vegetables is provided for you. You start with frequent small meals of fruits and sometimes juices. You then gradually move into larger meals of fruits and vegetables.

Supervision continues during this time, since 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 “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!

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. When it is time to break your fast, we'll provide several different fruits for you to choose from. 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, which one smells the best to you? Which fragrant aroma captures your delight 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 that, enjoy your first meal!

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. 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.

Based on the advice of Dr. Sniadach, you may have certain green leafy vegetables and/or celery and cucumbers soon after your fast. 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.

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.



 


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 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 obviously will stretch out obtaining the benefits over a far longer period of time. Also, shorter fasts do not allow the body to 'dig deeper' into the root causes of disease, so again, shorter fasts will eventually get the job done, but it will take much longer in many cases.

Assuming there is nothing of critical need demanding an immediate long fast, then perhaps these shorter fasts are the way to go. All of this can be discussed with Dr. Sniadach.