Break an extended fast can be difficult. You will quickly discover that breaking the fast is harder than fasting. A slumbering digestive system is sensitive. And although you might want to try every food on the planet, you cannot because your system needs time to get back to speed. The longer the fast the more time is needed for breaking the fast. Water fasting demands the longest time to break. The longer the fast the more difficult is to break correctly.
If you are a compulsive eater, a fast can be exceedingly difficult. During the fast, you are free from the bondage of food, but as soon as you eat, the battle engulfs you at full intensity. There is nervous anxiety about eating. Part of you wants to enjoy the food and part of you is fearful of losing control.
There are erroneous beliefs that will destroy your discipline and healthy breaking of the fast. One is that I have deprived myself, now I get to enjoy food. The other trap is the newness of the experience. Flavors and textures of food will be enhanced by super clean nasal passages. Eating will be a brand new experience.
There is a desire to try every food just to see how is tastes. A bite of this and that leads to a belly full of indigestible mixture.
If you have dreamed of eating pizza after a fast, this would be the first thing you probably eat after breaking the fast, because you have programmed your mind for the event. Be careful not to lust after food during a fast.
When you break a fast and start to eat, do not expect that the food will give you energy. Often, it is just the opposite. After fasting the digestion of food can stir up more toxins. The first few meals move through the intestine like a broom that pushes ahead of it loosening waste from 30 feet of intestines. You can actually go from feeling great to feeling toxic after eating one small salad. Loosing that exhilarating feeling and clear – mindedness experienced during the fast could be depressing. Don’t worry if this happens. It will pass in a few hours. A healthy diet high in raw foods can maintain the benefits of fasting.
Eating small amounts of raw fruits and vegetables for the first five to six days will allow the body to gently wake up the digestive system. Once you have eaten, wait till you feel hungry. Do not eat according to the clock or because you feel you should be eating more. When breaking a fast, overloading the digestive system causes feelings of apathy, depression or sluggishness. However, if you do overeat, the effect can be remedied by fasting until hunger returns, and then continue to break the fast. One of the tricks I have learned on breaking a fast is to pretend I am still fasting but eat the occasional fruit.