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Yom Kippur is coming! What is your go to pre-fast meal?

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Created September 23, 2011 at 4:20 PM

The Jewish Holiday, Yom Kippur is coming up soon. The holiday calls for a 25 hour fast from evening to evening. I have been playing around with doing some small fasts and am enjoying doing them. I have yet to do a fast as long as 25 hours since going paleo.

What meal would you recommend for the dinner before the fast? I'm assuming something high-fat, medium-protein low-carb but I could be wrong...

What about the whole day before the fast? I was told to drink a lot of water so I would be hydrated during the fast. What about for food, should I overeat, under eat, or eat my average amount?

How do you prepare for your long fasts?

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493 · October 03, 2011 at 12:41 AM

FYI, don't think water is supposed to be allowed. Obviously, modify as needed.

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499 · September 23, 2011 at 9:19 PM

I also plan my fast-breaking meal, but be sure to do so before I start my fast, because I don't think it's in the spirit of the holiday and its fast to be meal-planning through the fast.

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18701 · September 23, 2011 at 4:27 PM

I don't really prepare for long fasts, I just eat normally up until I start the fast.

An important part of the fast for me is to plan my meal coming off a longer fast. It gives me something to look forward to and keeps me from overindulging.

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499 · September 23, 2011 at 9:19 PM

I also plan my fast-breaking meal, but be sure to do so before I start my fast, because I don't think it's in the spirit of the holiday and its fast to be meal-planning through the fast.

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410 · October 02, 2011 at 11:04 PM

I just eat a regular meal but make sure I have chicken soup prepared to break the fast. Many years ago, it was the caffeine holiday that gave me a killer headache. If you do have a caffeine habit, it's helpful to start reducing your intake this week in preparation. It's still very hot here and I will have to walk the dog before I go off to shul so the lack of water will probably be uncomfortable.

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4258 · October 02, 2011 at 5:52 PM

I have to say, (1) great question, it's on my mind, and (2) I actually enjoy fasting for religious purposes. It gives me more focus than unstructured IF does.

If I could, I would go for beef ribs, sauerkraut, and berries for dessert. Or baked fish, my preference there being an almond-crusted tilapia. Lots of veggies or potatoes on the side so that there is at least some carbs to help with the fast being longer than usual.

As a side note, in my experience, after about hour six I don't even think about the fact that I am fasting. Craving is gone, and I just focus on prayer or reading or whatever I might be doing. By hour 23, I notice it again though!

Shanah tovah, Caleb

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2181 · September 24, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Just pig out at Burger King! Actually, doing VLC I often fast once or twice a week normally--I just don't get that hungry. And so, for me, at least, a high fat/moderate protein meal, as you questioned, seems the most logical. And yes, I drink water, but I pee most of that away overnight. While many are suffering on YK, it's just business as usual for me.

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10919 · September 23, 2011 at 9:14 PM

I'll probably have something low in protein ( to spare water) and High in fat. So maybe some squash with lots of butter or sour cream, a bunch of spoonfuls of coconut oil, etc. maybe a few egg yolks. I'm breastfeeding so I'll probably fast as long as my milk supply doesn't tank from dehydration. I'm skipping shul this year since I have to watch my son. I'm going I have some broth already defrosted in the fridge To break the fast and maybe a prebaked sweet potato in there too and then a nice hearty steak or something that night.

I've never fasted while doing paleo, so I'm really interested in seeing what it's like compared to past years which have been hellacious.

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4764 · September 23, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Just whatever I normally eat. It's so interesting to me...I could never fast before. Then I got fairly adept at it about 18 mos ago as my body slowly (very freaking slowly) ketoadapted). Now I regularly fast for 16-24 hours and really don't think anything of it - I don't even pay attention to what I ate last.

Right before the fast starts, it may be helpful to take a couple TBSP coconut oil (if you can tolerate it) just for the ready-made source of MCTs.

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