Fasting ...Breaking the Fast
1. Breaking the Fast
The great benefit may all be lost, and followed by harmful after effects, if the fast is not broken in the right way. In fact, the best effects of a fast depend upon the dietetic management after it is broken. The longer the fast, the more care must be taken in breaking it.
The greatest danger lies in eating too frequently and too much at a time. After a long fast the digestive organs are in a condition of complete inactivity, and to overload them suddenly with a large amount of food may provoke acute attacks of indigestion and produce many other kinds of serious disturbances. The organs must be trained to return to normal activity gradually, beginning with very small quantities of light food.
1st Minute : Break the fast with a few tablespoonfuls of freshly toasted popcorn, unsalted and unbuttered.
1st Day :
The popcorn may be followed, within an hour by some mild fruit juice, preferably lemon, lime, orange or grapefruit juice. Not more than the juice of half a grapefruit or of one orange should be taken at a time.
Thereafter : The quantity of undiluted fruit juice may be gradually increased to three or four half-full tumblers. On the 3rd day, the meat of acidic or sub acidic fruits may be taken instead of the juice alone.
The fruit diet may be supplemented with raw vegetables and salads. The raw food diet may be followed by the regular vegetarian diet.