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.