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After a fast often people get sick when they eat. What type of food or drink is the best way to break the fast and avoid becoming ill?

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I always broke fasts full-force, but I'm pretty extreme :) –  Naftuli Tzvi Kay Jul 19 '11 at 19:18
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Although I see the relevance to Jewish life, the way the question is formulated, it seems to be [primarily] a medical one. –  WAF Jul 19 '11 at 19:29
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Yes it is medical, however Jews fast at least 6 times a year, so it is relevant to Jewish life. –  Gershon Gold Jul 19 '11 at 19:34
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GershonGold, see meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/262/… . That's certainly not everyone's position. –  Isaac Moses Jul 19 '11 at 20:06

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A person should eat light foods slowly. I often take a break while eating so as to space the food out.

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The first thing I do is drink a large cup of water, and then wait. At least 5 minutes, 15 is better.

Usually after a fast you need water more than food, and by not eating you let the water absorb better. If you are feeling really weak, then also drink some (like 1/4 cup) grape or orange juice, to give some carbs with the water.

After waiting I have cake or any other carb, but not a protein. Along with juice or soymilk (again a carb - I would not do milk personally). But not too much!!! Not even enough for you to feel full. Grapes are good too - they are both water and carbs.

Let that digest for a while, half hour to an hour. Then you can eat a regular meal.

Note that the acidity of the orange juice may not agree with some people, you'll have to see how it works for you.

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Ariel, Welcome to Judaism.SE, and thanks very much for sharing this advice! Please consider registering your account, to help the site keep track of your contributions no matter where you log in from. –  Isaac Moses Jul 22 '11 at 3:14

I know a family that breaks its fast on coffee and dry cereal. Some of them also have light cake (like sponge cake, not a brownie or anything with cream) or orange juice. This kind of food is chosen specifically because of the considerations mentioned in the question: that heavier food would make them sick.

That said, I have no reason to think it's the best way to break a fast, which is what the question asks for.

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