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What to eat before a 25h fast (Yom Kippur)?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created September 19, 2012 at 4:25 PM

And you guessed it- it has to be Kosher, too. ;)

So I've been (lacto) paleo for less than a month now and this is my first long fast since. On Yom Kippur I fast from evening to evening for 25 hours, without any water (which I usually drink A LOT).

Up until now, before the fast I had meat and pasta or soething similar. I don't eat any starch, only after a workout. And I'm doing Yom Kippur at my mom's house and not sure what to tell her to make for me to eat before the fast. Would potatoes be so bad? Is there anything better? I actually made a pretty nice paleo friendly bread (flex seeds and almonds) so maybe I could take some with me.

Any ideas?

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on September 20, 2012
at 06:44 PM

and you too!...

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on September 20, 2012
at 06:42 PM

Thanks for the tip. I think small meals the day before the fast might help. :) And about breaking the fast; I usually start with tea and a cracker. So I think this year I'll bring the paleo friendly bread I made to eat before the actual dinner. Wishing you a good fast.

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on September 20, 2012
at 06:37 PM

Thanks. I didn't think about the caffeine but I didn't have any since yesteray so I'll try to avoid it until after the fast. I will most definitly have chicken and salads before the fast. I always drink a lot of water so that's not going to be a problem for me. And I'll avoid the carbs, like most days. Wishing you a good fast.

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on September 19, 2012
at 09:20 PM

I like this plan, kind of ease yourself into ketosis two days before your fast. When I do 24-30 hour fasts in ketosis its effortless I feel zero hunger. I do it once a week (no set day)

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at 07:52 PM

Oops. I'm going to have to plan the break-the-fast also. Everything they'll have at the synagogue is going to be definately a non-starter for me.

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at 05:31 PM

and coconut oil would be the worst, b/c due to its MCT content, burns off for energy rather quickly. And, why heavily saturated options? Is it somehow better than MUFA? I woudl guess not, considering our own stored body fat is mosly MUFA, not SFA.

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on September 19, 2012
at 05:25 PM

Care to elaborate? I see zero benefit to this. Just dogma. The person is embarking on a 25 hour fast, why would they want to metabolically start earlier while simultaenously burning exogenous fat, not endogensou (stored) fat for energy?

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on September 19, 2012
at 05:05 PM

I'm getting ready for my YK fast by stopping caffiene now---the caffiene withdrawal headache in the late afternoon is always the worst thing for me.

I avoid carbs before the fast. A good meal with plenty of protein (brisket or a chicken!) and fat will sustain you. The other thing to pay attention to is hydration. Drink plenty of water the day of Erev YK, and it should be the last thing you do before beginning the fast. Avoid alcohol (a little kiddush wine is fine) and juice--plain water.

Carbs will make you hungrier faster and mess up your blood sugar. I think they are the worst thing you can eat before a fast.

Wishing you a good fast.

For those who are not Jewish, a "fast" for Yom kippur means NO food or drink (not even water) from sundown on Tuesday to past sundown on Wednesday (until 3 stars are in the sky)---about 26 hours. It's not like IF and other dietary forms of fasting. You're not even supposed to brush your teeth, lest you swallow a drop of water.

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on September 20, 2012
at 06:37 PM

Thanks. I didn't think about the caffeine but I didn't have any since yesteray so I'll try to avoid it until after the fast. I will most definitly have chicken and salads before the fast. I always drink a lot of water so that's not going to be a problem for me. And I'll avoid the carbs, like most days. Wishing you a good fast.

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782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

on September 19, 2012
at 07:49 PM

I've been thinking about this for the last couple of days also. Last year (or maybe the year before, I don't remember) I got really thirsty but I usually never have any problems with hunger. I think this year I will try to do very low carb starting the day or two before and, as posted above, small meals before the fast starts. Hoping the very low carb will prevent the thirsties.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

(5231)

on September 19, 2012
at 07:52 PM

Oops. I'm going to have to plan the break-the-fast also. Everything they'll have at the synagogue is going to be definately a non-starter for me.

05de181d71c1df6304a03566fe821d4b

(795)

on September 19, 2012
at 09:20 PM

I like this plan, kind of ease yourself into ketosis two days before your fast. When I do 24-30 hour fasts in ketosis its effortless I feel zero hunger. I do it once a week (no set day)

B36fc1de71b05f7ca4dbd8af6f509f6b

(20)

on September 20, 2012
at 06:42 PM

Thanks for the tip. I think small meals the day before the fast might help. :) And about breaking the fast; I usually start with tea and a cracker. So I think this year I'll bring the paleo friendly bread I made to eat before the actual dinner. Wishing you a good fast.

782d92f4127823bdfb2ddfcbcf961d0e

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on September 20, 2012
at 06:44 PM

and you too!...

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on September 19, 2012
at 05:12 PM

Fats . . .Fats . . .Fats . . .Fats . . .Butter, Coconut oil, and more butter!

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1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

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on September 19, 2012
at 05:25 PM

Care to elaborate? I see zero benefit to this. Just dogma. The person is embarking on a 25 hour fast, why would they want to metabolically start earlier while simultaenously burning exogenous fat, not endogensou (stored) fat for energy?

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on September 19, 2012
at 05:31 PM

and coconut oil would be the worst, b/c due to its MCT content, burns off for energy rather quickly. And, why heavily saturated options? Is it somehow better than MUFA? I woudl guess not, considering our own stored body fat is mosly MUFA, not SFA.

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on September 19, 2012
at 06:42 PM

I would eat marrow fat, pemmican, etc. Marrow was available often when food where scarce, so i guess it could work before fast too. my 2 cents ;)

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on September 19, 2012
at 05:28 PM

http://www.charlespoliquin.com/ArticlesMultimedia/Articles/Article/270/The_Meat_and_Nut_Breakfast.aspx

This will provide you with mental stamina and stable blood sugar to keep you goin for hours. I would not make it too big though, otherwise you'll start feeling sluggish. I'd go with 4-8oz of meat and 1oz of nuts.

personally I alternate this breakfast with 1 other (higher carb) option that I like. I am around 150lbs and eat 120g meat with 30g nuts.

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