Simply Health ME E97 – Feasting


What is “feasting”? The refeeding process after a deliberate period of not eating (fasting). 

What is “re-feeding syndrome”

Refeeding syndrome has been defined as the “potentially fatal shifts in fluids and electrolytes that may occur individuals with prolonged malnutrition (mainly low phosphorus)  Refeeding problems can happen once food is given, particularly carbohydrate-containing foods. During the refeeding period, insulin and other hormones are activated. This causes electrolyte shifts.  (phosphorus, potassium, calcium and magnesium) Avoid by not fasting if you’re malnourished. Very long fasts should be have doctors supervision for slow introduction of food. 

Why is refeeding so important? Autophagy happens during fasting and in order to replenish those expunged damaged proteins et al, you need nutrients(material) to rebuild new, healthy cells and tissue. **Some could argue that refeeding is even more important than fasting.**


What are the most nutrient dense foods to refeed with? Vegan options?

  • Liver
  • Salmon
  • Eggs
  • Avocado
  • Sauerkraut (highest source of vitamin C)
  • Oysters
  • Spinach
  • Seaweed
  • Steak
  • Mushrooms
  • Sardines
  • almonds



Bioavailability of animal foods vs plants – be aware. 

Be careful of RDA. It’s the minimum to prevent disease not optimize health. Protein is a great example

Side effects of breaking a fast incorrectly for your body

Abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea,


Avoid highly glycemic foods (they can pull water into GI tract and cause diarrhea – this is called “early dumping syndrome”. Late dumping syndrome relates to huge insulin spike after huge glucose load and low blood sugar after the meal. 

SXS: abd pain, nausea, weak, dizzy


More on Nutrient Density check out Chris Mastrjohn phD


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