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    Breaking A Fast

    I just finished ~23hr fast, and I felt fairly okay during the whole day... Occasionally I will get nauseated and spacey, but otherwise I feel decent. I came home and broke my fast with a giant salad of iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and red peppers with probably less than a cup of taco beef and half of an avacado. Now I just feel tired, bloated and uncomfortable. Is this typical??? Was this a bad way to end a fast? I think I will go...Take a nap...;-)

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    It's an individual thing, but I personally find salad quite hard to digest. With the tomato, peppers and chilli seasoning you've got quite a bit of nightshades going on there. I'm allergic to avocado - could you have a bit of sensitivity to it?

    Maybe something a bit blander would be wise - some plain chicken, cooked vegetables. Perhaps some macadamia nuts, and some coconut (whole not oil). Or a well-cooked omelette. (undercooked yolks disagree with some pple too)

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    I don't end long fasts with BAS anymore because they make me feel bloated and yucky and then explode through me. (Sorry if that's tmi!) I tend to end 24 fasts with giant portions of some delicious fatty protein!!!

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    I think to break a fast it's best to keep it simple and easily digestible. That usually means a lot of meat for me. Just meat. Like it was back in the day . Or possibly some light plant material, berries or something but I'll take the meat.
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    I used to always end a fast with fruit; melon, banana, apple, pear, grapes, an orange. Not a lot though, a single banana was typical. Then wait an hour or so before really eating. Yesterday I did the same thing but with homemade beef jerky instead. It felt sort of primitive to end a fast with a preserved meat. Like the nomad rationing fuel on a long journey. My first meal is always something nutrient dense but not too bulky so salads had to wait. Lots of cooked greens and a piece of meat, and in the past that generally accompanied a tall glass of milk that always felt very nourishing to an empty belly.

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    I break my 20-24 hr fasts with meat and fat, as I find raw veg or BAS to be a bit hard to digest, and not really what my body is wanting after the long span of time without foood. I eat the majortiy of my veggies on days when im not fasting because of this

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    I usually have a teaspoon of coconut oil, and then cook some dinner, which means I have a proper meal about an hour later. That oil prevents me from eating everything in sight after the fast so I'm not ravenous when I start to eat! I think if I ate quickly, I wouldn't feel so hot. My meal is usually a steak with some Boursin on top, or chicken breast stuffed with sun dried tomatoes, artichokes and goat cheese with a bok choy stir fry on the side. And then a few hours later some berries and cream or yogurt.

    Wow, I can see I'm eating way too much dairy! At least my breakfast and lunch is usually dairy free--I'm a big fan of a BAS during the day but not so much at night.

    Anyway, I highly recommend trying the coconut oil after a fast. Of course, I've only ever fasted for 18-22 hours. Probably won't ever do more than that because it's enough for me. I tend to fast more out of laziness/busyness than for weight loss or for health!

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    I generally have something light straight after a fast , like a piece of fruit, and an hour or 2 later eat something more substantial , eggs, meat and vegetables.
    Every month I do a 3 day water fast and once I end that I am extremely hungry once I start eating. Its really hard not to eat everything in sight. I will try next time some coconut oil, thanks for the tip superdeluxe.
    primal jessejane , I think the best thing is to break your fast with a small amount of food thats easy to digest and to eat a bigger meal a couple of hours later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superdeluxe View Post
    My meal is usually a steak with some Boursin on top
    Boursin is amazing.

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    Looks like this really is an individual thing. So...I'll say what I do.

    I typically don't fast for much more than 16hrs and I pretty much always break it with a lot of fatty and meaty food. For example, a tablespoon of coconut oil, bacon, 4 eggs, a glass of raw milk, and then maybe even a breve latte. I tend to feel very full and incredible afterward. haha

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