Our fasting quote of encouragement today is from St. Gregory Palamas. He said: “The outward man perishes through fasting and self-control, but the more he does so, the more the inward man is renewed.”
Our fasting devotional today is titled “7 BASIC STEPS TO SUCCESSFUL FASTING AND PRAYER” (part 6) from Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ.
STEP 6: End Your Fast Gradually
Begin eating gradually. Do not eat solid foods immediately after your fast. Suddenly reintroducing solid food to your stomach and digestive tract will likely have negative, even dangerous, consequences. Try several smaller meals or snacks each day. If you end your fast gradually, the beneficial physical and spiritual effects will result in continued good health.
Here are some suggestions to help you end your fast properly:
1 Break an extended water fast with fruit such as watermelon.
2 While continuing to drink fruit or vegetable juices, add the following:
– First day: Add a raw salad. – Second day: Add baked or boiled potato, no butter or seasoning. – Third day: Add a steamed vegetable. – Thereafter: Begin to reintroduce your normal diet.
3 Gradually return to regular eating with several small snacks during the first few days. Start with a little soup and fresh fruit such as watermelon and cantaloupe. Advance to a few tablespoons of solid foods such as raw fruits and vegetables or a raw salad and baked potato.