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  • What's the best food with which to break a 36 hour fast?

    Not sure what happened, but last night I started throwing up after dinner and had a truly miserable night. After 24 hours of fasting (just water) but gut now feels fine and I feel great, oddly enough. So great that I'm thinking I'd rather go to bed on an empty stomach and break the fast tomorrow morning. My husband is advising breaking the fast with plain white rice as it's mild but I'm worried about the glucose rush...besides, I'd rather stay primal. Meat is probably a little risky for a sensitive stomach, right? Eggs?

    I'm thinking that I might like to fast maybe once a month, and since fasting is something encouraged here...anybody found an ideal food for breaking an extended (36 hour) fast?

    TIA!

  • #2
    Bone broth or vegetable juice would be easy to break the fast if you want something nutritious, but easy on the stomach.

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    • #3
      I like the idea, but would this have sufficient calories?

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      • #4
        You don't want to rush your body with calories right away. Its best to break any fast on raw vegetables then move up to lighter meats, chicken, fish. You could start with an apple and some almond butter for breakfast, skip lunch and then have a light salad with chicken for dinner. Skipping lunch will give your body adequate time to readjust, but 36 hours isn't too long to go without eating. Your liver most likely hasn't exhausted its glucose stores yet and your digestive system hasn't begun to slow dramatically. That takes 3 or 4 days for most people. I recently did a 23 day water fast and broke it with vegetable broth and a light salad with little discomfort. Just some thoughts, hope it helps.
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        • #5
          I don't have a lot of experience in this area, but had some long travel days that gave me the excuse/impetus for a 34 hr fast and a 24 hr fast, neither associated with stomach distress as in your case. In both instances I broke the fast with a normal sized meal. The 34-hour fast ended with a big cobb salad (also after a morning light run with a dozen hard sprints; lot of energy btw). The 24 hr fast ended this morning with a 2-egg omelette with smoked salmon, mushrooms, onions, squash. Yum! Felt fine after both. given your stomach issues prior, you might consider a probiotic yogurt to help with gut flora. Again, not an expert, just thoughts.

          Also, I was surprised at how easy the fasts were. I have done 24 hrs once before, and recently a lot of 16 hr fasts, but the 34 hour one surprised me at how easy it was. Part of why it was easy is that I was not around human food (ie, I was in airplanes and airports) so it was easy to just turn off the food voice in my head.

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          • #6
            I would break the fast with broth first and then a little while later have some cooked green veggies/butter and a little protein.

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            • #7
              Chicken legs, broccoli, berries, ribs, eggs, bacon, etc.

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              • #8
                I do two 44 hour fasts per week and break the fast by eating a homemade beef or chicken broth vegetable soup. Then I eat a huge salad, and then I eat raw nuts and seeds, and possibly some high-protein sources (on the days I do resistance training. I usually eat within a 4-5 hour window after I fast. I also fast every day that I do eat by not eating until 5:00 pm when I get home from work, and break the fast the exact same way. The only issue that I occasionally (maybe once every 3 months) have is loose stool after I eat my salad (but only after a 44 hour fast). FWIW, I feel best on the day after I start the 44 hour fasts. 20th - 44th hour of the fast).

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                • #9
                  You can break the fast on anything that's primal, preferably protein and fat. Think of what an ancient hunter would have done after hunting for a day and a half -- he would have gone straight for the liver and chowed down. Advice to eat something that's "easy" on the stomach is full of CW. If meat were hard on the stomach, we primals wouldn't be doing very well. Easing back into food is something that you do when you haven't eaten anything for a week or two, when the body has stopped expecting food and gone into another mode.
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                  • #10
                    Bacon........natures perfect food, preferably combined with eggs or steak in my book
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                    • #11
                      I think the broth -> softer foods (veggies) -> meat is the best plan. Not because of a normal fast, then it wouldn't matter, but you seem to have a little gastroenteritis.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Grumpy Caveman View Post
                        Advice to eat something that's "easy" on the stomach is full of CW. If meat were hard on the stomach, we primals wouldn't be doing very well.
                        +1million

                        As most ex-vegetarians discover, meat is surprisingly easy to add back into the diet. I actually find meat one of the easiest things on the stomach.

                        A ton of fat on the other hand (as in butter or oils not naturally in the meat), might be a bit more tricky, depending on your previous fat intake.

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                        • #13
                          Agreed with the above post. Just eat some meat and avoid bombing your gut with concentrated fat sources right away. I broke a 30+ hour fast yesterday by scarfing down a half cup of straight guacamole. I haven't regretted something that much in a long time, my stomach was in knots for the next 90 minutes and the thought of avocado brought me close to vomiting for the rest of the day.

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                          • #14
                            I fast often, and find the best things for me are broths, simple organic lettuce with a plain oil and sprinkle of salt for dressing, then moist/fatty meat like chicken thighs/wings, then a few berries. For me, Too much sugar can shock the stomache, even if is it is fruit
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                            • #15
                              Thanks for all the great advice!

                              I had no idea that some of you were fasting that much! Makes me think that a weekly 24 hour water fast is very doable.

                              First, I have to say that I actually *do* find that meat is hard on my stomach. Usually I eat my animal protein earlier in the day, and eat a salad or veggies for dinner...otherwise I find I don't sleep very well. I've also found that constipation is a regular problem with the primal diet unless I make sure to include veggies and nuts (especially the magnesium in almonds).

                              I wish I had read the post about fat before I made my meal, but by then I had already cooked it. What I did was to combine pretty much every vegetable I had in the fridge (onion, tomato, kale, celery root, celery, parsnip, carrot), sauté in butter, boil in water, and then blender, making a thick chowder-like vegetable soup. Added chunks of salmon at the end, and that was my meal (about 2 cups of it, but I made enough to last me the whole week for breakfast).

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