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How to Fast

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While hunger pains and weakness are an expected consequence of fasting, one need not dehydrate, faint or get sick while fasting. There are several ways to prepare oneself physically for a healthy fast. How to fast?

Days before the Fast
  • Stop eating foods with high caffeine and sugar content.
  • Begin drinking more water than usual.
The Day before the Fast
  • Eat something small every two hours (nosh).
  • Avoid foods with caffeine and salt.
  • Drink plenty of water.
The Meal before the Fast (Seudat Mafseket)
  • Plan the menu of this final meal so that it contains high carbohydrate and low salt foods.
  • Sit down for the final meal before the fast at least an hour before the fast begins so there is no rush to eat quickly.
  • Do not eat too much in the meal before the fast, but drink plenty of water.
  • Leave time after the meal and before the fast to drink warm water with sugar and brush teeth.

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