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How to Eat After a Fast

How to Eat After a Fast

How to Eat After a Fast

So you went on a juice fast, but how to eat after a fast should be your new focus. There are a few different options you can choose to do when trying to figure out how to eat after a fast. You should also re-evaluate and reset your goals like you did when you first started juicing. This will help you keep your focus. It’s also important to make sure you don’t slip back to old eating habits. But after juicing for a week I don’t think you will.

How to Eat After a Fast: Options

There are two good options to choose from when deciding how to eat after a fast. The first one is to slowly incorporate solid food back into your diet. It’s easy to start with one meal a day for the first three days and then work your way up to 2-3 meals over the course of a week. I would suggest if you go this route to only eat fresh fruits and veggies for the first three days. You basically want to eat the same stuff you have been juicing. After three days you should be safe to add a protein such as a chicken breast, steak, pork chop, tuna, etc. This will slowly introduce solids back into your system and ensure you don’t fall back on to bad habits. This is what I usually do when I come off a fast.

The second option when deciding how to eat after a fast is to stop juicing all together and eat only fresh fruits and vegetables for the week after you juice. This gives your body time to adjust to solids over liquid, and since you are eating the same thing you are juicing, your body will adjust pretty fast. This is a good way to way to go and I’ve gone this route before.

How to Eat After a Fast: Do’s and Don’ts

Once you decide how to eat after a fast, there are a few do’s and don’ts that you should keep in mind. Whether your end goal is to lose weight or become healthier, you should have a clear plan along with defined rules like you did while you were juicing.

The first thing I did when deciding how to eat after a fast was to define rules of what I wasn’t going to eat. I set the following rules: no soda, no alcohol, no candy or sweets, no dairy, and no breads. In choosing not to eat or drink anything on that list for the first week off my fast, I was able to set the pace for how I was going to eat, the new habits I would develop, and the old habits I would let go of. Use my “do not eat” list as your own, or use it as a guideline. Just make sure you have a “do not eat” list.

After you come off your fast and start eating solids, you will have to make sure you don’t start snacking. This can cause you to drift right back into other bad habits, and we don’t want that to happen.

The second thing I did when figuring out how to eat after a fast was to come up with a meal plan. I decided I was going to eat the same stuff I had been juicing so my system would already be used to it. Most of my meals were fresh salads with lemon juice and pepper. After three to seven days it’s safe to add a protein back into your diet. I would start with a simple chicken breast once a day around dinner or lunch time.

How to Eat After a Fast: Keep in mind

It’s best that while you decide how to eat after a fast, to make sure you are limiting yourself to between 4-6 meals per day. Meal sizes should also be about the size of one and a half of your fists. This reduces the temptation to gorge or stuff yourself. It will also help to control your appetite after coming off a juice. You can also have juices while you are incorporating solids back into your diet. You will be surprised at how you will start to crave your juices more after you go back to solids.

I hope this helps to clear up the question of how to eat after a fast. Make the transition back to solids over the course of a week and you will feel much better as opposed to jumping right into eating anything and everything you want. It’s a process that you have to adjust to while building up healthy habits that will stay with you. I would love to hear back from you on what you did to ease back into eating solids after your juice fast.

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  1. I had been doing a three weak juice fast w fruits and nuts chia- i yesterday i became so weak that my husband made me a turkey and cheese sandwich and I ate it. I was literally starving and had crazy brain fog. Well this am my stomach is a bit annoyed at me to say the least. I had no idea that doing this yesterday would cause this. I need to reintroduce more protein now. Any tips? Im thinking the oatmeal bread wasn’t a great idea?

    • Betsy, if you were that weak, you were likely not getting enough juice. Also, if you add fruits and nuts to the mix, it is no longer really a juice fast, your digestive system is going crazy waiting for more food.

      I am on day 35 of a 60 day juice fast and I feel great. I feel like I could fast for the rest of my life. I typically juice 2-3 kg of veg a day. I have juiced as much as 6kg in one day. One staple of my juice fast (every day) is 1.4kg of carrots, one large beet root, one lime (unpeeled) and a piece of ginger root the size of my thumb. It makes about 750ml. Delicious! Some days I do a whole pineapple. When I do sweet potato and apple juice I use two large sweet potatos, which makes about 500ml.

      If you get really really hungry have a carrot juice and avocado smoothie. You’ll love it:
      500ml carrot juice
      1/2 ripe avocado
      cumin to taste

      You do not need to starve yourself on a juice fast!

      • I just finished a four day fast, where i drank nothing but green tea. Not knowing how to break a fast, i just ate anything i could my hands on. I had a bowl of cooked cabbage. And and Marconi and cheese and a piece of a chicken tenderloin. I feel a little sick after eating that stuff. After doing research i found that was exact opposite of how to break a fast. How long should i wait for my body to digest the foods? And why is eating like that, such a bad thing after breaking a fast? And what should i eat after that?

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  3. hi, i just finished my 7 day juice diet, i feel amazing and lost 7 pounds, exactly what my goal was. I’m 5’6 woman,36 yrs old, weighed 132 and as of today weighed 124, pretty much where i wanted to be. I am concerned about going back to solids, I know i will continue to incorporate juicing, I wanted to know if you can publish a do not eat list. I dont want to gain the weight back and am really enjoying the new flavors and veggies in my diet.

    any receipe suggestions for solids would be great also!


  4. I didn’t listen to your advice and now minutes after eating my above plate in the mouth feels swollen and it’s sore. What can I do now?

  5. Hi there
    I’m on the 7th day of a juice fast and I had a question to ask regarding consumption of kale chips after the fast. Is it possible to consume kale chips after the fast and during a juicing session ?


  6. Hello!

    I just finished my 5 day juice fast and I’m still incorporating juicing for the past 3 days and small meals. First day I had a salad and soup for dinner and some nuts. For breakfast and lunch I had juice. 2nd day I had juice 3 meals and had a 0% fat free greek yogurt with some granola. Today for breakfast I had greek yogurt with almonds and tangerines.

    Now I’m concerned in regards to if it was a bad idea to have greek yogurt. Will it make me gain back the weight? Should I restrict it more? I thought it was healthy but now I’m confused! :(

    I really don’t want to gain back the weight or do anything to hinder my progress!

  7. So my husband and I are looking to start juicing in the next few days, we were wondering if it would be ok to have a store bought juice as a last resort, like a Naked Juice … in the case that we were to be hungry or forgotten our homemade juice at home etc.?

    •! naked juice is not raw juice.

    • I started with spinach/cucumber/lemon and pear for the first 30 days then switched to Bolthouse Farm and Naked …it is actually cheaper… I am on day
      84 and feeling great. 69 lbs so far.

  8. Sorry if you’ve been asked this question already, but I was wondering whether or not I could incorporate a blended avocado into my juiced fruits and vegetables while juicing. Or would doing this be considered me consuming a solid since that’s what I’m trying to avoid in the first place?

  9. I finished my 7 day juice cleanse yesterday, March 3, 2014, I lost
    17.3 Pounds! I feel great!
    I still bought a juice for breakfast an one for my lunch. I plan to make a salad for my dinner using the veggies I juiced with. Carrots, Granny Smith Apple and Beets with Romaine Lettuce.
    I’m eating extremely healthy from this day forward!
    I’m so grateful for finding this website and I sincerely appreciate Don for sharing his knowledge of juicing and walking me through all the Ups and Downs of this 7 Day Fast.
    There were No surprises. I Reread his Blog throughout my journey to keep me motivated and Strong!
    I wish you all success in your journey to a Healthy Lifestyle of Eating! {☆_☆}

    • Ardie, that’s amazing weight loss! I’m on day two of the fast and well you know how that is. I’m feeling hungry most of the time but reading your numbers really gives me hope. Five more days to go!

  10. I suffer from Chronic Pancreatist and wanted to go on a 7 day jucier any Help

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