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    any ideas? thanks I heard bananas are good.


    Grapes and a lot of water….


    (the below info is cut-and-pasted from a website)

    Lots of Water. This may be hard to believe after one is twenty or so hours into a fast, but most healthy adults can survive well over a month without eating. Most of the unpleasantness associated with a fast does not come from lack of food, but rather, from lack of fluid. The solution therefore is to super-hydrate beforehand. “Camel up” before a fast, drinking a great deal the prior afternoon, perhaps two quarts well in advance of your final pre-fast meal. At the time, you may feel you are going to float away. Before the fast is over, you will be glad you did it. Diluted orange juice is a good drink, as is water. Beer or other alcoholic beverages will dehydrate you, so try to avoid them.

    Meat and Potatoes. Though you should drink a lot before a fast, you do not need to stuff yourself with food. Eat a normal meal but emphasize carbohydrates like potato or noodle dishes, not proteins or fats. Carbohydrates bond with water which your body can “drink” when it needs to during your fast. Proteins do not. Most of the dramatic but limited weight loss that people on high protein diets experience is lost water that protein molecules cannot hold onto or bring into your system, water that you want around during a fast. I have heard of grandmothers in Europe who fed their families immense starch meals for the better part of the week before a fast and then, at the final meal, encouraged everyone to eat heavy meat dishes. The carbohydrates would provide the necessary water reservoir. The last-minute meat meal would give the comfort of a full stomach for a number of hours. What people who still eat this way before a fast have to consider is whether they really want to take on all those calories. This kind of pre-fast diet might have been suitable for a culture in which meat was a rarity and people were close to involuntary fasting through much of the year. It is not clear that it makes sense today. “Fast food” does not need to be hopelessly bland, but go easy on the salt, which may make you thirsty. Season with non-irritating spices and herbs.

    Can the Caffeine. The nausea and headaches that many people report during a fast have nothing to do either with food or fluid. They are usually the result of caffeine withdrawal. If you are a heavy coffee or cola drinker, start tapering off a week or so before the fast. Unless you drink a great deal of caffeine, one cup less a day, with the day before the fast being caffeine free, will usually do it. Using decaffeinated coffee during this period may help you fool your system. Caffeine withdrawal symptoms are less of a problem when you are eating and drinking than when fasting.

    (I’ve sometimes taken asprin before fasts as a pre-emtive measure. It seems to help somewhat, but this does not mean it will work for you or that it’s smart.)

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    Mrs. 72 and the Jr-72’s eat large Cucumbers before each fast they are loaded with water.


    brown rice- it absorbs all the water and releases it slowly during the fast


    watermelon has lots of water


    as ive said here before


    no i cant tell you how much is too much, be reasonable

    but drinking too much water causes hyponatremia (low sodium in the blood)

    it can cause cramps, SEVERE headache, and death


    Pasta, pasta, and more pasta (especially with it being the Nine Days). Whole wheat pasta is particularly nutritious, but plain old spaghetti or macaroni will do it, too.

    Power-Ade is a GREAT way to prepare for a fast. I was taught this tip by someone last year. Don’t be afraid to drink lots of water all day tomorrow. ease up on even decaf, but especially stay away from all caffeine including coffee, tea,colas, and chocolate> Caffeine is a diuretic.

    May everyone have a most meaningful fast, unless Hashem at the eleventh hour turns this Tisha B’Av into a yom tov.


    I used to average 3 litres of still water prior to a regular fast and 4 1/2 litres of still water before the 9th of av and Yom Kippor.

    Never were fasts easier


    tefilla, tzedaka, tshuva. these are all good ways to prepare for a fast.

    just me

    Feivel, you have to drink an insane amount of water before it will kill you.

    I always have vegtable soup befor the fast. I’m thinking to make a lockshin kigle type of thiing to go with it.


    Feivel, you have to drink an insane amount of water before it will kill you


    but not an insane amount before it can cause an excruciating headache.

    i once drank about 2 gallons over about 6 hours before Yom Kippur

    the headache was so bad i couldnt break the fast (until the next morning). i was too nauseous from the headache.


    Fish is a good source of protein to eat before the fast. Almond Butter is a good source of proteinto eat before fasting. Lemonade is a good beverage choice (not too sweet) the vitamin c from the lemons will help keep the immune system strong. A good very Vegie vegetable soup is good before fasting with plenty of garlic, curry and tumeric and coriander spicing the soup. Ask Hashem for koach to do the fast.


    Power-Aid helps, pasta is also good, watermelon is great, & lay off the caffiene.


    wishing you all a healthy and meaningful fast.


    A family member of mine caught a bad stomach virus. Any idea’s on what would be good to ease the Pain & satisfy her in order for her to fast properly & pain free?

    NOTE From the moderator: Stomach viruses can cause severe complications. Dehydration is a serious issue that can send a person to the hospital. PLEASE consult your family Rav and Doctor and follow their advice. YW Moderator-72


    Before something comes, we prepare.

    Before Shabbos comes we prepare.

    Before a guest comes, we prepare.

    So much more so, before an event that only comes once a year, we MUST prepare.

    there are a bunch of really good sites that have AMAZING shuirim on Tisha B’av, and i think R’ Spero put out a book on the Kinus

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    May we all have a meaningful fast…

    May we all hear and share B’Soros Tovos and Simchas for all Yidden…


    May this be the last Tisha B’Av in Golus.


    “?? ?????? ?? ??????? – ???? ????? ??????..”

    There have been so many tragedies – there are so many sick people – channel your tears towards the churban – and may we all merit the geula today


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    Thanks for your advice I wouldn’t even think of that. I will hopefully check more into it.


    Hope everyone has an easy time fasting and may this be the very last Tisha B’av before the geulah shelaimah.

    Please remember a main factor for the churban was sinas chinam and be extra careful about it tomorrow.

    Just curious, someone mentioned before about powerade, why is that good for erev fast?



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    Powerade (according to their label) contains sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium which are lost in normal perspiration.

    This not only helps prevent dehydration, but keeps one’s electrolytes in balance.


    drink lots of water and powerade i’m ganna repeat! i’ve been drinkin all day long! before most fast i have around 90 fl oz of powerade-it works for me! oh & i drink loads of water on any given day, so b”h i never had an issue of over drinking! but one yom kippor i over ate like crazy by the seuda hamafsekes & had such stomach pains that i had to leave shul & came back a bit later!

    have an easy & meaning full fast to all! and may the Geulah come very fast!


    So how is the oilem fasting? (Or if in Eretz Yisroel and area, how did you fast?)


    Joseph: B”H, but getting hungry here! how about yourself?!

    p.s. the YW sent an email from our sponsors with the Project Inspired Tisha B’av audio visual presentation that you can watch for free online!

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    Jax, Mrs. 72 and some of the Jr.72’s and I watched it. I recommend it.


    72: i’m watching it now actually!


    Well, its over here! 😉


    maybe now we need a thread with ”ideas of what to brake your fast on?”!


    Jax, B’H.


    Have an easy rest of the fast to all those still fasting! adios for now!

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