If done right, a week of fasting can become a break from daily stress and a time for healing. The energy levels will rise considerably, the senses will become sharper and the skin will be rejuvenated. The difficult aspect of fasting is re-introducing solid foods to your daily diet.
A 7-day fast should be ended over a period of 3 days. If you undergo a longer fast, you should spend 6 days ending the process. In both cases, you should do as described below. The only difference is that after a longer fast, day 1 will be carried out over 2 days, etc. Before you start to eat normally again, it is important to initiate the intestinal functions in a healthy and safe manner. It can be done like this:
Consume 250g of prunes, and drink juices and water throughout the day as done while fasting.
How to: Put 250g of prunes in water overnight. Start your day with a glass of water with lemon juice and Himalayan salt. Drink the prune soaked water 30 minutes afterwards. Wait another 15 minutes before starting to eat the prunes. Chew well and take your time. Most people will need to be near a toilet during this day. The purpose of Day 1 is to initiate the activity of the intestines and to flush the system one last time. If you are not active, you can clean the lymph nodes by doing breathing exercises (1.2.3. BREATH).
Continue eating prunes as on day 1. If you do not want the same effect as day 1, you should reduce the amount. Day 2 should be started with fruits with a high water content like melons, strawberries, blueberries, cherries, oranges and pineapple. Kiwi is another fantastic fruit packed with nutrients and is also good for the digestion. Eat a little at a time and divide the intake into 4 to 5 meals a day. I also recommend that you mix in some vegetable juice or make a soup.
If you decide to go for a low calorie soup, you can start with chicken broth and vegetables, like carrots, fennel and broccoli. Then add different spices and herbs, like thyme, fennel seeds, orange peel and ginger.
Try out different combinations and find your favorite!
Soup with carrot and orange
The carrot is a tuber vegetable which is very rich in A-vitamins, containing both beta-carotene and other caroteniods. The orange is packed with C vitamins, but also a good source for the B vitamin folate, and the peel contains aromatic oils with antioxidant effects.
A challenge when making soup, is that the healthy fruits and vegetables can lose a lot of their nutritional value when being boiled. The carrot is no exception, but when it has been boiled, it will provide more beta-carotene than if it is eaten raw. This is because the heat dissolves the bindings in the vegetable and makes the beta-carotene more accessible to us. Boil the soup as short a time as possible to keep «the goodies»!
2 lb. of carrots
3 big oranges
1 tsp of ground coriander
15 oz of water
15 oz of milk
3.5 oz of quark
How to do it:
Slice the peel of one orange into thin strips. Remember to avoid the white part. Boil it with a small amount of water for 4 minutes. Wash the carrots to remove residues of pesticides and fertilizers. Alternatively you can buy organic carrots which are free from fertilizers. Cut the carrots into cubes. The smaller the pieces, the shorter the boiling time. Add the carrots to a pot of hot water and let simmer for approximately 10 minutes. Then add orange peel, orange juice, lemon juice and coriander. Let simmer for 10 minutes.
After boiling, put all ingredients in a food processor and let run until pureed. Now pour the soup back into the pot and stir in milk and quark. Heat the soup, but do not boil. Finally, add himalayan salt to taste.
You can start eating green salads on day 3. Use spinach and various bean sprouts (Lettuce, a source of important nutrients). Use oil and citrus-based dressings without too many strong herbs and stay away from creamy dressings. Remember to eat small portions.
Once you have completed a fasting period with a successful outcome, you can go back to your normal diet. However, I recommend that you use fasting to make changes in your diet. For example, you can start adding more fruit or vegetables to various dishes. Good luck with gradually implementing permanent changes in your diet!