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Breaking the fast

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Posted by Apple-A-Day on 6 years ago What is the proper way to transition into eating after a prolonged juice-only fast like the one Joe or Phil did?

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  • esjayeff

    6 years ago
    Joe recommends slowly reintroducing food over 5 days. Researching online you'll find that some nutritionists recommend reintroducing foods in a certain order, solids fruit and veg, cooked fruit and veg, dairy, seeds, nuts and whole grains, meat. Others say to add nuts and grains last. I have found that you can reintroduce anything as long as you do it in small amounts and chew really well. The food I found the hardest was bread.
  • Apple-A-Day

    6 years ago
    Thanks, Sarah! I was wondering because everyone on the different sites I researched had a different idea of what to do! Some want you to use stewed prunes for 2 days and others want you to use juice and whole fresh fruit. Some want you to go for a few days and others want you to correlate the amount of transition time to the amount of time fasting. Gets a little confusing! Thanks, again.
  • esjayeff

    6 years ago
    Yes, I read those things too. I have wondered if the slower your reintroduce food the less likely you are to regain weight. One thing I read suggested reintroducing food in a certain order over half the time you fasted. So if you fasted for 60 days, you took 30 days to reintroduce food. This would take a lot of discipline but I do wonder as I said, that it might lessen the amount of regained weight, somehow I think it would. It seems to me based on my own experience and that of others that the minute you start eating your body rejoices in the sudden calorie intake and puts it all in storage lol. However, an interesting thing I have also observed with myself and other juicers is that when you come off a prolonged fast you are kinda stumped for what to eat. You don't crave food like you did. Your taste buds have completely changed. For me juicing felt like a safety net too, a comfort zone. I am considering taking longer when I come off this current fast and see what happens. Its really not about being able to eat, because 5 days is plenty for you to be able to handle food again without feeling ill. Its about rebalancing my body in such a way that it doesn't get excited about the food and store it. I have a condition called PCOS, which is like metabolic syndrome so it is my bodies natural thing to just store store store.....anyway, I'm just thinking out loud here and hope I haven't confused you again.
  • Apple-A-Day

    6 years ago
    Not confusing at all! Thank you for "talking it out" with me. I, too, have PCOS and I understand completely what you mean by "store, store, store". Seems like I'm a magnet for extra pounds sometimes. I have a few weeks before I will transition out of the juicing phase so I have time to prepare. I was confused by a couple of people on YouTube breaking their fast with guacamole, seemed "heavy", but I guess there is a method to the madness (^_^) Thanks for your input - it's much appreciated!
  • Claire Georgiou - ND

    6 years ago
    Hello, Here is an article that Stacy wrote about what to do after your reboot http://www.jointhereboot.com/after-the-reboot-next-steps-for-transitioning-to-a-healthy-plant-based-diet/ Let me know if you have any further questions!
  • esjayeff

    6 years ago
    Thanks Claire :)
  • Apple-A-Day

    6 years ago
    Yes! Thank you, Claire...

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