Fasting the Last Minute?

Fasting is not just a Jewish tradition that should be followed. To fast is a humbling act of respect to God.  There are many fast days that you will observe in Judaism. Some fast days last for 25 hours while others last for less than a day only. It is important to prepare for these fast days by living a healthy life. Safe fasting requires lots of preparation.

  • Before fasting, always remember that water is the best life-saver you have. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Even if you are not thirsty, drink water in preparation for fasting.
  • Eat a diet that’s high in carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are known energy boosters. You can have waffles, pasta or bread. Snack during the entire day, prior to doing the fast.
  • Plan your after-fast breakfast meal early to avoid overeating after fasting. Overeating after a day’s fast can lead to gastric problems. Plan a breakfast meal that’s high in carbs, lean meat, vegetables and water.
  • Slow down on your snacking at least two hours before fasting and drink lots of fluid. Chewing on a gum is also recommended a few hours before fasting to avoid feeling hunger before the fast starts.
  • Eat a small serving of dairy product after the fast. Eat some cheese or help yourself to a slice of cake. For those, with lactose intolerance, you can have a serving of tea and bagels.

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