Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur is one of the most important holidays on the Jewish calendar. It is a day where Jews ask forgiveness for the year's sins, spend the day in the synagogue praying and fasting.

Getting Ready to Fast

  • It is recommended to lower caffeine intake 2-3 days prior to the fast. This will prevent caffeine-induced headaches.
  • On the day prior to the fast, it is recommended not to eat large servings. Large servings will not make fasting easier, in fact it may make fasting harder. Our body can only store a limited amount of carbohydrates and whatever is left over becomes fat.
  • You should have 3-4 meals the day before the fast. The food should be relatively bland.
  • Throughout the day, and during the meal prior to the fast, it is recommended to eat complex carbohydrates such as pasta, borwn rice, legumes or sweet potatoes. These carbohydrates lower the release of insulin, and make a person feel fuller longer.
  • The meal should also have some type of protein and a limited amount of fat.
  • Avoid alcohol consumption.

Breaking the Fast

  • Breaking the fast should be done gradually. It is important to start with drinking fluids that have some caloric value.
  • Your meal afterwards should be light, similar to breakfast.