Tips in Preparing for the Yom Kippur Fast

For Jews, Yom Kippur is an opportunity for spiritual renewal and repentance. One of the primary activities for Yom Kippur is fasting. All Jews are expected to fast as a means of repentance, except for those who will be put at risk, such as the ill, pregnant women and elderly. While hunger cannot be avoided when fasting, one need not get sick while doing this. Here are a few tips to prepare yourself for fasting.

  1. Prepare your body for fasting by eating more often a few weeks before Yom Kippur. Consume a light meal every two to three hours for at least a week before you fast.
  2. Tapering off your caffeine intake will help a lot in preventing dehydration. You should also cut down on cigarette, alcohol and salt.
  3. Drink plenty of water in preparation for fasting. Never risk yourself of becoming dehydrated during your fast.
  4. Eat a well-balanced meal a few days before fasting.
  5. Plan your last meal before the fast carefully. Your last meal before the holiday should be rich in protein and carbohydrates to give you enough energy during the fast.
  6. On the day of Yom Kippur, devote your time to prayer and other spiritual activities so as to distract yourself from thinking about food.
  7. Finally, know your body well. It is also helpful to seek the advice of a medical professional before you fast.

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