After fasting for several days, it is important to gradually reintroduce food into your diet to acclimate your body to nourishment. It is not advisable to overeat after a fasting period, as it could have negative effects. Maintain a mild sense of hunger at the beginning. Since your digestive system has been inactive for several days, it is best to choose easily digestible foods.

The refeeding period should be approached gently and is as crucial as the preparation and fasting phase to avoid any digestive complications. The refeeding process should start with liquid foods such as juices or vegetable soups and then progress to easily digestible solid foods (vegetables, etc.). It is important to take your time to eat, chew, and diversify your food for better assimilation. Green vegetables, sprouted seeds, and fruits are recommended for the refeeding phase.

Limiting sugar and stimulant consumption is important. The refeeding period should last as long as the fasting period itself (a little less or more than 7 days).

After the return of Japanese prisoners from World War II, resuming a normal diet after long periods of almost nonexistent food intake proved fatal, leading to what is known as refeeding syndrome. I experienced it myself by drinking sweetened milk chocolate after a several-week-long fast.

Here is an example of a refeeding plan after a 40-day fast:

Days 1 & 2:

  • Drink water in small quantities, about 1/4 glass every hour.
  • Drink fresh fruit juices diluted by 50% with water and avoid overly acidic fruit juices.

Days 3 & 4:

  • Continue drinking diluted fresh fruit juices.
  • Add clear soups without fats or meat.

Days 5 & 6:

  • Add steamed or pureed vegetables without fats or meat.
  • Add fresh and raw fruits in small quantities.

Days 7 & 10:

  • Add light proteins such as chicken, fish, or eggs.
  • Increase the quantity of vegetables and fruits.
  • Avoid processed foods and those high in saturated fats.

After Day 10:

After ten days, it is important to continue with a balanced diet, prioritizing fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and healthy fats. It is also essential to drink enough water throughout the day. If in doubt, it is recommended to consult a healthcare professional for a personalized refeeding plan.

This text is an excerpt from the book “12 Reasons to Fast” written by Jérémy Sourdril.

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