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Fasting Tips With a Pre-Fast Dairy Menu


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Everyone has their tips and tricks on how best to prepare for a fast. My brother likes to drink a bottle of Powerade to build up his electrolytes.  My father slowly weans off his coffee starting a week before to help avoid the caffeine withdrawal headache.  My mother always made us bland food so we wouldn’t be thirsty from too much salt.  Some people feel you have to just eat like crazy the day before so you are so full you won’t feel hungry the next day. Others gradually eat less and less beginning a few days before the fast.  Whatever your personal eating strategy, the most important advice I can give is to drink plenty of water the day before.  The hardest part of fasting and the side-effects are caused by dehydration.  So drink up the whole day before and then enjoy a well-balanced meal before your fast begins.

Here is a menu to help you have an easy fast:

Light Pasta Alfredo

Pan Seared Tilapia

Garlicky Green Beans

Mango Coconut Crisp

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About Tamar Genger MA, RD


Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate!




5 Responses to Fasting Tips With a Pre-Fast Dairy Menu

  1. avatar says: SarahEats

    I think I will try the tilapia for sure. Don’t we have to have boiled eggs?

  2. avatar says: Frayda

    Funny, I was already planning on making the Light Pasta Alfredo. Thanks for the thumbs up!

  3. After your meal that will keep you full you are supposed to have the Seduat Hamafseket, a meal of bread, water and a hard boiled egg that you eat alone and dip in ashes. This is a custom that many people follow, there is more info here: http://www.aish.com/h/9av/oal/48944076.html

  4. Eat a large portion of watermelon and pineapple before the fast. Keeps the hydration and sugar in your body throughout the day, and just makes the fast that much easier.

    Have an easy meaningful fast.

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