Doug Graham breaks fasts on whole fruits. most hygienists use juices to break the fast. I think this is a mistake. all animals in nature break fasts on what is available to them. There are no refined foods in nature. Only whole foods. We need to make sure we minimise the shock to the pancreas and digestive system, by choosing fruits that are high in water and fibre and not too high in calories per gram. Watermelon is an ideal first choice imo, followed by honeydew and piel de sapo as secondary choices. Cantaloupe and galia melons would be a third choice and papaya would be a fourth place choice.
Some people may have more trouble with the sugar after a fast than others. I remember one woman on our fast. She was fine with watermelon in the morning, but come lunch time, she didnt want much sweet stuff. She just wanted cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, lettuce, things like that. In the evening, she was ok to have some fruit again but always made plenty of room for cucumbers, celery, tomatoes and lettuce afterwards.
It took her a while to up her fruit intake at lunch, but she did, although she continued having lots of greens with her lunch.
I think that large amounts of fruits too soon would be a bad idea (ie. in the first couple of days). Its best to stick with melon for 3 days and to have small amounts. Not regular sized portions. But you build that up over time and can deal with it fine usually.
why is it that these individuals could not consume any fruit what so ever?
unripe fruit will not digest well. few people know when fruit is truly ripe. I don't buy that cooked zucchini or potato would be easier to digest than a ripe watermelon, there's nothing easier to digest than ripe fruit.
These are questions you should probably pose to hygienists rather than to us. We have no experience supervising fasting. Doug has been supervising fasts for 2 decades and has always had clients re-feed on fruit without problems. Same with Loren Lockman. Nicholas Tancheff also refeeds people on fruit. I think as B says, it may depend on factors such as ripeness, specific fruit types (saying they didnt do well on fruit isnt saying much since there is a lot of variety with fruit. If for example, you are talking about bananas, I can see why he would think that. I struggled to eat bananas after my fast during my first week and a half. I could only eat about 4-5 and that was a struggle. They tasted unbearably sweet. but I was ok with banana smoothies. I preferred melon and mango initially whilst my tolerance to the amount of sugar my pancreas was processing built up after the fast.
Personally, I think melons should be the focal point for the first week or two and juices should not be given at all. These will overstimulate the pancreas more than the fruit (at least the fruit juices will, not so much the veggie juices).