You’re a human being, and mistakes are bound to happen. From time to time, you’re bound to give in to temptation. Doing so is okay if it’s only from time to time. You can handle mistakes when they happen and mitigate the negative effects of breaking your fast. If you do have a slip-up, remember these important points:
- Realize that the slip-up isn’t the end of the Like any discipline, fasting takes practice, and slip-ups are bound to happen.
- Keep everything in Don’t allow one minor slip-up to turn into a cascade down the side of a mountain. If you slip up and break your fast with a snack or a meal, acknowledge it, accept it, and leave it at that. Whatever you do, don’t turn it into a 24-hour binge.
- If you slip up, try to do so with something healthy. If you absolutely must have something to eat, reach for a source of lean protein (such as salmon, tuna, or chicken) and vegetables (such as spinach, asparagus, or cauliflower) before the bag of potato chips or bowl of ice. We can’t stress the importance of this point enough. If you get into the habit of slipping up with poor food choices, then you’ll invariably revert to junk food whenever hunger strikes. If you break your fast, you absolutely must get into the habit of doing so with healthy food choices.Done this way, your slip-ups become more of a positive than a negative.
- Everything you put into your body matters. Every single piece of food either helps to move you closer toward your goals or farther away.Making the right food choices when you slip up makes all the difference.
- If you do slip up, eat as little as you need to satisfy your urge, and not a smidgeon Don’t let a small slip-up be the end of your fast. The key is to satisfy what you absolutely must have with as little as you need, and then continue onward as if the slip-up never occurred. For example, say you’re on a 24-hour fast, and at hour 16, you just can’t take it anymore and help yourself to a handful of nuts. Just because you ate a handful of nuts doesn’t mean you have to forfeit the rest of your fast. Quite the opposite, actually.
The objective is to ensure that you leave the fasted state in a healthy and sensible manner and not to turn something into a calamity that needn’t be a one.