Preparing for the fast
- Begin drinking on a consistent basis 36 hours beforehand. Increase your fluids by 25% or 30%.
- Eat more fruit; particularly fruit that is dense in fluid, melon, grapes and watermelon are particularly good. Fruits help retain the liquid you are consuming.
- If you are a coffee or caffeinated tea drinker or a chocoholic, it’s imperative that you begin weaning yourself from these and other caffeinated foods or drinks 72 hours before the fast begins. Failure to do so may bring on headaches during the fast.
- At the meal before the fast, stick with complex carbohydrates with a normal amount of lean protein—DO NOT go high protein at this meal. Whole Grains, vegetables, fruits, and baked potatoes or preferably sweet potatoes are great.
- Keep drinking non-caffeinated beverages and remember that water and some fruit juices are best.
Breaking the fast
- Begin with 4-5 glasses of water.
- Have a light meal, a bowl of soup a small amount of whole grains (a slice of bread or a portion of brown rice are examples) and fresh cut salad is perfect. Keep proteins light and lean.
- Finish with a fruit or two. Stop there!!!
- Leave the table and when you get your strength back, go for a short walk.
- If you are really still hungry after that, have a small snack and some more water or tea.
- Don’t eat late at night and the next day you should wake up feeling hungry and healthy.
- Don’t end up eating an entire day’s worth of calories in one meal. Over eating after the fast can cause great gastric discomfort!