Yom Kippur is coming and people will be fasting. I was asked to put together some information on what will allow people to have a good fast that will allow them to focus on the meaning of the holiday without keeling over from blood sugar fluctuations. Here are a few tips to keep the fast from debilitating you and to keep hunger pains from being a major distraction. (You will still know you are fasting.):
- In the weeks preceding Yom Kippur consider shrinking your stomach by reducing portion size. You can get used to less food intake which will lessen the shock.
- From the first of Elul, reduce carbohydrates like bread and sugar. This allows your body to get used to not depending on regular sugar rushes. (Starches become sugar within minutes.)
- Keep those honey cakes and sugary treats for a sweet new year to the first part of the 10 days before Yom Kippur and only take a little starch the day before. You don’t want to have huge fluctuations in blood sugar.
- The day before eat proteins and fats that will not cause your blood sugar to rise and crash. You can prepare with either a meat or dairy meal. Eggs, beans, fish, cheese, chicken, quality meat if you can get it, nuts, butter, and avocado will help maintain your blood sugar. Continue reading Foods and Herbs to Prepare for a Fast