I remember the taste of tomato juice when I broke my 21 day wfast!
......... sublime. I was hungry, and it tasted like ambrosia.
In contrast, the 29 day-er, which came before, was, as I've told a few people before, maybe both too long and too short. By too long, I mean, I realize I entered into another cycle, at 28 days. Going deeper into cleansing. I let my distaste, literally-- because I was spitting up salty mucous, convince me that I was 'sick of fasting'. In fact, I was sick with fasting, and it was a crisis I should have seen through to the other side, as with any pain or discomfort that plays itself out. Lots of them come up during a water fast, and then pass away. That 29 day fast took about five weeks before I felt 'normal' again, and able to climb stairs with any vitality, as digestion and all the rest took much longer to come back online.
The long and short of it is, I was not actually hungry--I was mentally tired of fasting, and these are two very different things.
The body was very involved with clearing things out, and I interrupted its natural process, by re-introducing food. It did the best it could with what was actually an impossible situation, of polar opposites. (It's easy to see all this clearly, in hindsight-- I hope MY hindsight can save someone else their own trouble. It may well be that breaking the fast when one is not truly hungry creates more confusion than we know. . . Some of the confusion had to be 'picked up' again, with the next fast. )
We do the best we can. We have to also let go of past errors, because being 'down on oneself' over anything equates to an actual attack on oneself.
It is good to be constantly reminded by the fasting masters about breaking the fast. . . and to read and re-read the literature, from the "Soil and Health Library" online, and so on.
The S and H Library, for people who do not know, is a wealth of rare and out-of-print books on subjects including "Natural Hygiene", fasting, and cleansing. . . .
There is an unthinking tendency to want to eat 'some of everything' as soon as possible, when the fast is broken. (This alone is what makes fasting under supervision a good idea, for some people. It may be hard to control one's impulses, and the fasting retreat centre takes care of that. ) It takes a great willpower (you just make a decision and stick to it) to breathe easy and trust that it's better to eat one thing at a time,
and sl-o-w-l-y, and to leave sufficient space between the eating
of one thing and the next. By eating, I'm including juice, which should be "chewed", to awaken the digestive enzyme function, and the entire digestive tract.
Breaking the Water Fast and the entire re-feeding aspect is something best looked at in the light of it being a long-term project, or even a new way of living, and not a brief feast, or leap back into food.
The mind can come in quickly to sabotage one's efforts, with thoughts such as "you've been so good, you deserve a treat.
You really need some "protein", etc. etc. "
It's important to recognize that voice as the false voice, and not to pick up the stream of thoughts that come along. This is the very same voice that has been programmed with junk food, and has become an internal slave, and slave-master both. Ignore the voice, and don't damn it or fear it. Just love it into dissolving.
The body will be much happier overall and restored to full functioning much quicker when it's allowed to fully savor each small morsel, after a water fast. This is esp. true if the fast has been more than 7-10 days. (The fasting masters would say, more than three. )
It is good for people (I would suggest it's imperative) to read a LOT before entering into water fasting. And the messages on the forum, as good as they can be, are not a substitute for doing one's own complete reading of at least one of the masters. The enemy of the Water Fast is fear/unknowing, and over-reaction to every passing sensation--This alone can deplete the vital nerve force.
I'd read (and recommend anyone do) Herbert Shelton , Carrington, Dr. Bass. And my favourite is Edward Purinton's fasting manual. These are the old "fasting masters" I'm referring to, and there are more. This path has been well-trod, for eons, I'm sure. :-)
here is Purinton: I like his dry sense of humour and do not take take his "sinners" too personally. Sinning, in this sense, is only missing the mark, and the 'mark' is something that can be seen more clearly, with more ease, when you clear away toxemia, and too much (and the wrong sort) of food.