Fasting Tips

yom kippFasting this Yom Kippur? Here are some helpful tips to make the fast easier:

 Morning & Afternoon Pre Fast:

  • Remember that you are eating an early dinner….make sure to save room for this meal!
  • If you are a heavy coffee drinker, try limiting your intake to 1
  • Have a large breakfast, small lunch, so you can eat a normal size dinner
  • Choose foods that will sit well in your stomach and are easy to digest
  • Opt for fruits and herbal tea for dessert, sugary desserts will only create more cravings and make it a hell lot more difficult to fast
  • Limit sodium
  • Eat protein and complex carbohydrates: these give you long term energy
  • Do not over eat at dinner!
  • Remember that thirst is the real difficulty to overcome! Not hunger. DRINK LOTS OF WATER TODAY
  • Drink liquids with electrolytes (coconut water)

 Day of Fast:

  •  Take an afternoon nap
  • Overcome headaches and food cravings by sniffing spices (cinnamon and cloves)
  • Mind over matter: You can do it!

 Breaking the Fast:

  • Do not eat anything too heavy
  • Make sure to drink lots of fluids and to eat slowly
  • Have a small cup of juice before the meal to release sugar back into your bloodstream
  • Do not over eat, I promise you will see food again!

 Examples of Complex Carbohydrates:

  •  fruit→ plums, pears, grapefruits
  • vegetables→ spinach, yams, carrots, cabbage
  • Legumes→ chickpeas, kidney beans, lentils
  • Whole Grains

 Good Sources of Protein:

  •  Lean chicken breast
  • Salmon
  • Tempeh (fermented soy)
  • Egg Whites

 

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