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  • #591952

    Hello Kitty
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    I would like to hear some good tips on how to fast easy. It is very hard for me and had to fast out early last time.

    #1211305

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    sleep all day. heh heh.

    #1211306

    kapusta
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    I once heard that in order to prepare for a fast day and keep oneself well hydrated, drink more than usual as much as a week before the fast. I’ve also heard that powerade is good to have before a fast.

    On the actual fast, limit physical activity as much as possible (a fast day is not the day to be working out. Not physically or spiritually) and try to keep in a cool area as much as you can. Specifically for Tisha B’av, try to listen to a shiur to keep your mind off the fasting. There are probably things available online.

    *kapusta*

    #1211307

    there is a segula brought down to take 7 sips of water and between every sip to kiss the mezzuza

    i am a bad faster and when ever i do this it helps me alot

    {maybe just psychological but it works}

    #1211308

    Be Happy
    Participant

    Eat grapes, and watermelon (inc. your usual diet) for a few days before the fast.

    #1211309

    blubluh
    Participant

    Some people find it helpful to stay off caffeine (soda, coffee, tea, etc.) during the nine days to limit caffeine withdrawal symptoms on the day of the fast itself.

    #1211310

    They sell almond butter here. It tastes horrible. You’re supposed to eat something like a tablespoon of it. We did it once. I’d rather fast two days than eat it again. I don’t even know if it helps.

    Water is probably the most important thing, to start hydrating yourself a few days before the fast. And I always try to eat anything with carbs -rather than proteins-that is not salty or sweet the day before the fast.

    #1211312

    kids at risk rabbi, I have a few questions. Do you need to take 7 sips before every taanis or only on Tisha bav when the fast is longer and maybe you’de only have to take 5 or 6 on the rest of them. 2), how much is a sip, less or more of a Reveis?

    #1211313

    3) How close to the Mezzuzah does the Mezuzah have to be to the drinking? Does it have to be Kdei Achilas Pras?

    4) If one has no water could he use club soda or orange juice?

    5) What happens if takes a sip in a room with no mezuza, i.e. a bathroom or a non-jewish hotel room, can he kiss his tefillin instead or another religious item?

    6) Does this segulah work even if you have to check the water for bugs?

    #1211314

    dveykus613
    Member

    I heard “be happy”‘s advice, and try drinking alot at least the day before. There are also 2 products we use that we feel help a lot:

    1) Fastprin is sold by a lady in Chicago (maybe other places too) – it has a 12 hr time release for aspirin and tylenol (you take before the fast) and helps with caffeine and fasting headaches usually for the whole fast but if not then at least over half of the fast…

    2) In Israel they sell a natural product called “tzom Kal” or “kalei tzom” (2 diff. brands) that you take before the fast after you’re done eating and while it doesn’t taste very good it helps keep you hydrated throughout the fast

    Also, a rav once told me by yom kippur when I had extenuating circumstances) not to exert myself (even daven shmone esrei sitting as the chiyuv is more to fast for the kapara even than to daven) but also to keep cool (in strong air conditioning) and to wear in LOOSE clothing (I guess helps to keep cool? or less hunger? not sure but it helped…)

    good luck & an easy and meaningful fast to every1!

    may this be the the fast we ever have to do!

    #1211316

    kewmom
    Member

    I once heard that it is good to drink sports drinks (i.e. powerade, gatorade) for a couple of days before the fast. This adds extra nutrients to your body that you will be losing when you fast. This has worked very well for me the past couple of years.

    #1211318

    The Best Bubby
    Participant

    Be Happy’s advice above is spot on, as well as eating apples. I was told that apples have alot of water content and that it is healthy to eat a few apples after your main meal, and it also helps the digestion Drink plenty of fluids a few days before the fast. Blublah is also correct. Stay off the caffeine for a few days so that you don’t get headaches from the withdrawal symptoms. Keep cool and stay busy after chazot.

    May we all be zocher to have a Yom Tov this Tisha B’Av and see the geulah shelayma!

    #1211319

    Take an energy bar before the fast and stay up late that night. Then wake up at um… 1:00? :)Half the fast will be gone.

    #1211320

    A600KiloBear
    Participant

    BSD I have taken Imodium before a fast (for its intended use) and found that it helped me fast. However I don’t know if this is a 100% safe medication and what I do know is that its effects last more than one day. Still I’ll probably use it this time as the fast is very long where I am.

    #1211321

    tralala
    Member

    it’s the same ‘long’ everywhere(26hours) but starts and finishes later. did you mean that?

    #1211322

    Derech HaMelech- Almond Butter is excellent to eat, because Almonds are a complete protein. I love Almond Butter (yum) and Apple Butter Sandwich. Hydrate- drink a lot of fluids if you are eating Almond Butter to help digest the Sandwich, and help empty the stomach which will help you fast.

    #1211323

    smartcookie
    Member

    I didn’t find powerade to help ME.

    What I did try last year, and I had 3 wk old baby and I thought ill faint after the first hour of fasting is “kalei tzom”.

    I COULDNT BELIEVE how well I fasted! Baruch hashem!

    Please go out now and buy it.

    I can’t wait to try it again this time.

    #1211324

    A600KiloBear
    Participant

    BSD Yes I meant late and not long; it seems longer because we are awake for more of it.

    #1211325

    Yanky55
    Member

    Eat as many grapes as you can…..works great for me.

    #1211326

    AinOhdMilvado
    Participant

    Make QUINOA (pronounced kin-wa). It looks like a grain (like birdseed really) but cooks up like couscous or rice. It is a protein with a very low glycemic index, meaning it releases sugar (and energy) into your system v – e – r – y slowly. You can eat it as a side dish (like rice) or like a cereal like oatmeal. You can add other things to it for more flavor, like blueberries or other fruit, or you can top a salad with it. It’s very versatile.

    It is a great, healthy food, and great before a fast.

    Also… last thing before fast starts… a big glass of water.

    #1211327

    Imanonov
    Participant

    Drink loads of pineapple juice and eat a lot of raisins. It has helped my family tremendously

    #1211328

    i heard – not sure if true –

    a) don’t eat fish before because fish makes u thirsty

    b)eat watermelon and grapes (s/o mentioned) because they both have a lot of water

    c) its really gross but i heard it helps – to drink “salt water” put i don’t know lets say 1 tbsp divided into 3 cups of water and mix and drink, because salt retains water, and it will help keep you hydrated.

    Have a meaningful, easy fast everyone!

    #1211329

    You can confirm this with your Rav:

    On Tisha B’av, one who has a headache may swallow tylanol without water.

    This is mutar l’chatchila.

    However, taking tylanol on an empty stomach might be an issue.

    #1211330

    Any more tips?

    #1211331

    mustangrider
    Member

    a doctor once told me to drink coconut water the day before the fast. its supposed to keep u well hydrated and prevent the headaches. i dehydrate VERY easily and i did this before the past few fasts and i felt a big difference! i will warn u though. unflavored coconut water is not the best tasting drink on the planet. try getting the flavored ones – those are pretty good.

    #1211332

    Das
    Member

    I heard if you eat less a few days before the fast your stomach will shrink so you’ll need to eat less. (I learned this might be a reason why eating the day before Yom Kippur is considered like fasting for 2 days – it makes it harder to fast so it’s AS IF you’re fasting 2 days)

    #1211333

    adorable
    Participant

    Das- it is true. I almost never eat a lot the day before and B”H never have trouble fasting. I also found matzah to help a lot. eat as much as you can the day before. it stays in your stomach and makes you not so hungry

    #1211334

    matzoh doesnt stay in your stomach longer than anything else, carbohydrates actually leave the stomach more quickly than proteins and fats

    but i have also found that not eating a lot the day before helps me to fast.

    #1211335

    adorable
    Participant

    there is a reason why they ate matzoh when the Jews went out of Mitzrayim.

    #1211336

    Not eating the day before might work if you are overweight. If you are already skinny, it is dangerous. There is a reason it is a mitzva to eat the day before.

    #1211337

    whoah!

    i dont think anyone suggested not eating the day before, chas v shalom

    here are a quote from the two posts:

    I almost never eat a lot the day before.

    i have also found that not eating a lot the day before helps.

    also i have never heard that it is Mitzvah to eat before T’BA

    it is a Mitzvah to eat before Y’K

    #1211338

    mustangrider
    Member

    some one just told me that eating foods with salt, like pretzels or pop-corn, are good before a fast beacuse salt helps retain water. anyone hear about this before?

    #1211339

    mommamia22
    Participant

    I’d be careful eating salty food close to the fast. Earlier, when you can drink a lot, ok. Later, you might find you regret it.

    #1211340

    ZeesKite
    Participant

    Before the onset of this important day, sad as it may now appear, I’d like to take this opportunity to ask EVERY poster mechila for anything I’ve done to cause hurt, pain, anguish, mental distress and the like. Words sometimes come out in the wrong way, gushing like a stream (sewer!), and at times they can cause hurt. Again, all – please be Mochel. Thanks.

    #1211341

    SayIDidIt™
    Participant

    Have an easy fast!

    Also, see THIS [closed] tread.

    May Moshiach come first!!

    #1211342

    as one of my sem rabbaim said “we should be zoche to a lichtige chanuka, a freilichen purim, a milchige shavuos, un a fleishige tisha b’av!”

    Amen!

    #1211343

    SayIDidIt™
    Participant

    Steak, mashed potatoes, spinach(?) and yummy cupcakes for desert!

    Amein!!

    SiDi™

    #1211344

    Health
    Participant
    #1211345

    SayIDidIt™
    Participant

    The above meal was what I hope to eat on Tisha B’Av for lunch. But change the mashed potatoes to rice!

    SiDi™

    #1211346

    TheGoq
    Participant

    Wow looks like some mods got up early to have a bite and a few posters too.

    #1211347

    147
    Participant

    Spend Shiva Ossor b’Tamuz in the Southern Hemisphere, and Assoro b’Teves in the Northern hemisphere.

    For Yom Kippur & Tisha b’Ov, go the most Western part of the earth, and minutes after the commencement of Yom Kippur & Tisha b’Ov respectively, step over the Jewish Date Line, to the most Eastern part of the earth, and you shall have already just concluded Yom Kippur & Tisha b’Ov in a matter of minutes.

    #1211348

    147
    Participant

    yummy cupcake

    as one of my sem rabbaim said “we should be zoche to a lichtige chanuka, a freilichen purim, a milchige shavuos, un a fleishige tisha b’av!” ………. This year is the 1st time in 14 years, that we shall be consuming meat on Tisha b’Ov, and this being preceded by wine @Kiddush.

    #1211349

    golfer
    Participant

    Goq, you must be right. And to make up for it, they’re all sleeping late!

    #1211350

    cinderella
    Member

    Sleep as much as you can and cook and bake in between. Baking really helps for some reason.

    #1211351

    SayIDidIt™
    Participant

    Have an easy and meaningful fast fast!

    SiDi™

    #1211352

    SayIDidIt™
    Participant
    #1211353

    Miriam377
    Participant

    I found for Yom kippur to go to a vasikin shacharis/mussaf minayan, home by 1:00PM then sleep through to mincha.

    #1211354

    yehudayona
    Participant

    For tomorrow (and all daytime fasts), get up early and have a filling breakfast. For YK and 9 Av, taper off caffeine for a week or so before the fast to avoid caffeine withdrawal headaches.

    #1211355

    147
    Participant

    I wish everyone a Tzom Kal on this Yom-Kippur Mukdom, tomorrow Thursday.

    #1211356

    Lilmod Ulelamaid
    Participant

    Do you actually know people who fast?

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