If you’re reading this, you are likely on a fast or you know someone else who is fasting. We will be sharing healthy ways you can break your fasting exercise. This article will be most helpful for those who are fasting from the hours of 6am – 3pm or 6am – 6pm.
Let’s start with foods you should avoid, when breaking your fast:
- Wine: Alcohol usually irritates the body and as such should be avoided when breaking your fast. Stay off wine, beer and other alcoholic drinks.
- Lactose: Most people find it difficult to digest dairy products like milk, yoghurt and ice cream as they age. We advise you don’t break your fast using any of these dairy products. You can take them in little quantities few hours after breaking your fast with a more healthy option.
- Cruciferous vegetables: Vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower contain a lot of fiber plus a trisaccharide called raffinose that humans have difficulty digesting. This can lead to gas or bloating. We recommend you cook these vegetables a bit, if you must use them to break your fast.
Let’s now move on to foods you can eat when breaking your fast:
- Moderate amounts of protein: Lean meats like Chicken and fish eaten in moderate amounts are good for breaking your fast. This is because they contain essential amino acids to help rebuild and repair your body.
- Avocado pear: This contains healthy fats and fiber and is a great choice to help you feel energized.
- Light soups: Pepper soup with diced proteins like chicken, goat meat and fish when eaten will be easy on your stomach and will help your body and gut function optimally post fasting.
- Fruits: Most fruits like watermelons, apples and bananas are a good way to replace lost nutrients in your body. However stay away from fruits that normally upset your tummy.
In all, moderation is key when breaking your fast. Do not be tempted into consuming large amounts of foods as you’ll feel uncomfortable and uneasy.