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Fasting Guidelines

Before the fast:

  • Eat regularly throughout the day
  • Drink extra water throughout the day
  • Avoid salty foods such as sauerkraut, pickles, soy sauce, eggplant
  • Avoid spicing your food
  • You may have one extra serving of protein at dinner and one extra fruit
  • Good fruits to eat before a fast include watermelon, grapes, and pineapple
  • Choose brown rice or whole grain noodles for your starch. The Fiber will help to keep you full.
  • You may have coconut water and Gatorade/Powerade just choose the 0-calorie options and still drink plenty of water.
  • Choose veggies that are high in water content such as cucumbers and peppers.

Extras you may have:

  • ONE extra serving of protein at dinner 
  • ONE extra serving of starch, such as an additional bread or one portion of rice or noodles, etc.
  • ONE extra fruit above your daily fruit total
  • If you are having two official pre-fast meals, the extras don’t apply to both; but rather to spread out between both meals or use at the second meal which is closer to the fast.

Regarding washing for the meals: When it’s not Shabbos, it’s better to have whole wheat bread or matzah versus challah.

After the fast:

  • Drink 2 cups of water (room temperature versus iced cold)
  • This is your budget, preferably in this order but you may also switch the order if you wish:
    • One complete approved meal
    • Up to 3 fruits
    • 1 snack
    • 1 treat if needed

Remember! You can NOT make up all the calories of one day in a short time span.

If fasting half a day: 

When breaking your fast, start with either a breakfast meal or a lunch meal, and then move on to have the rest of the day’s food (minus the meal you skipped)

Yom Kippur and Tisha B’Av- For those whose custom is a meal of bread and egg before a fast: 

  • Save up for this bread- don’t have bread in your previous meal. 
  • An egg can be a snack or a protein:

-If it’s part of your meal it’s a protein 

-if it’s separate from your meal then it can be a snack 

Have an easy fast!