WHAT TO EAT AFTER A WATER FAST DISCLAIMER: We are not doctors, nor experts on fasting. We do not recommend anyone do a medically unsupervised …



We are not doctors, nor experts on fasting. We do not recommend anyone do a medically unsupervised water fast. If we had not been in Northern Spain when Lou got injured, he would have gone to True North Health Center (https://www.healthpromoting.com/) in California to do his water fast with the support of their medical team. If you are under 18 years old, on medication, addicted to any substances, have currently or had a history of eating disorders, are pregnant or breastfeeding, have heart problems or any other diseases it is even more important that you seek the advice of a medical professional before attempting a water fast on your own.

There is something called Refeeding Syndrome which happens when someone who is starving or malnourished eats too quickly and their balance of electrolytes is completely out of whack leading to cramping, ravenous hunger, and can go as far as cardiac and neurological symptoms. This is very dangerous and one of the reasons I don't want anyone to do a medically unsupervised water fast because of our content. Again, Lou was very healthy (minus the back injury and rheumatoid arthritis) and not addicted to any substances going into his water fast.
When Lou finally felt the relief of finishing a 7 day water fast, after an entire week of imagining everything from pizza to burritos, then the reality hit that the whole goal of his water fast was to heal his back, heal his rheumatoid arthritis, fix his leaky gut, and give his body a proper reset, so junk food was off the table. After a bunch of research, I started him on the True North Health Center's protocol for What to Eat After a Water Fast. At their center, their patients are given one day of organic cold-pressed juice for every one week of a water-only fast, then one day of raw fruits and vegetables, then one day of raw fruits and vegetables plus steamed vegetables. So if it was a two-week water fast, then it the patient would break the fast with two days of juice, two days of raw food, two days of steamed and then onto the next stage. This slowly allows the stomach to start back up again, continue to get rid of all the toxins that the water fast released in the body and prevent any further lifestyle damage from occurring.

The diet that they recommend to their patients is an SOS vegan diet, which is a completely salt, oil, and sugar-FREE vegan diet, without any meat, dairy, eggs, processed food, alcohol, or other substances that can harm the body. This might sound super intense, but it's also super intense to live your whole life in chronic pain which is the other option for Lou or for him to be medicated forever, which would mean a life with side effects and still managing symptoms because for Lou the meds didn't take away all the joint pain.

For Lou's refeeding process, we decided to blend the Clint Paddison Program (a specific diet/lifestyle plan that heals rheumatoid arthritis without any medication and is also a whole food low-fat oil-free diet) and the True North recommendations. We do include some salt in our diet with foods like miso, sauerkraut, and capers. But we don't include oil or processed sugar, or coffee, or alcohol.

After Lou broke his fast with the juice day, raw food day, and then steamed veggie day, for about two weeks he did a very simple whole foods plant-based diet to completely recover from the calorie restriction from the 7 day water fast. He ate tons of greens, sprouts, boiled potatoes, basmati rice, quinoa, oats, bananas, apple, blueberries, carrots, cucumbers, lemons, and other fruits and veggies (all organic). He also included miso which is a fermented soybean paste after a few days, nutritional yeast, blackstrap molasses, and some spices.

This video walks through exactly what he ate on Day 20 post fast and I have a blog post that goes a little more in-depth on the refeeding process, the benefits of a low-fat oil-free vegan diet, and how Lou's feeling today if you want to read more: https://www.wildweroam.com/blog/whatt...

Here's a link to the TheraCane Lou used to help his back: https://amzn.to/2JuQ2nc

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