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Before the widespread use of hops, gruit , a mix of various herbs , had been used. There are many other breakfast foods to choose from also. In a recipe for quince pie, cabbage is said to work equally well, and in another turnips could be replaced by pears. One of the most common constituents of a medieval meal, either as part of a banquet or as a small snack, were sops , pieces of bread with which a liquid like wine , soup , broth , or sauce could be soaked up and eaten. After the first few days, most people report feeling very good, with even more energy than before. These fasts were occasionally for a full day and required total abstinence. Yesterday I got up and ate blueberry pancakes, which tasted delicious.
I find that I want to eat only very small portions. The only thing that has been difficult is getting used to my new appetite. I've been throwing out a lot of my food because I physically feel like I cannot eat that much, and if I do eat too much then I don't feel so good.