Tips for Fasting Like a Pro

Yom Kippur is finally here again and that means its time to reflect on our past year, ask for forgiveness, and well of course, fast. Now, we'll be the first to admit it, fasting is hard and it's definitely not fun, but there are few tricks that we've learned over the years that have made it a whole lot easier. If you are going to fast this year, and let's admit it we all have our sins to repent for, then you might want to pay close attention to the tips that are to follow:

Day fast begins:

Now, I know most people think they are being tactful by starting to eat a lot of food closer to the time of the fast, but truth is it is important to start your day with a hearty breakfast. Breakfast sets the tone for the rest of your day and gets the metabolism going. I recommend having one of the following meals to start your day:

Breakfast options:
A. 2-3 whole eggs + healthy fat: 1/2 avocado/olives/ or tahini + one slice sprouted bread or fermented sourdough rye or if you are not eating grains add half a yam or sweet potato

B. 1/2 cup of oatmeal + cup of berries + 2 whole eggs

It is very important to keep your metabolism going throughout the day. Snacking in between meals helps us to control our blood sugar levels and keep them from crashing or spiking.

snack options:
A. handful of nuts + cup of berries or 1 medium sized fruit

B. cut up veggies: bell peppers + cucumbers + cherry tomatoes +healthy fat: 1/4 avocado or tahini

C. chia seed pudding

For lunch we want to have a substantial meal as well. I recommend having a salad with a lean protein: fish, chicken, or turkey and if you are a vegetarian you can have beans.

you are going to be fasting for 24 hours which means chances are you will be getting very dehydrated at some point in your fast. To avoid this keep your body even more hydrated than usual. Make sure before fasting you are having at least one glass an hour, and do not just drink all your water at one time make sure to drink throughout the whole day.

....along with that thought, avoid caffeinated drinks all together. Caffeine is a diuretic substance which means it is dehydrating. You want to make sure that you are going into the fast super hydrated.

The last supper/Dinner
For the last meal before the fast make sure you do not over eat to the point where you feel sick. Do not load of up on carbs or fried food and do not lay down immediately after eating. I know a lot of people typically have soup before the meal, but if soup is going to fill you up and keep you from eating something of substance, skip it. I suggest you have:

A fattier protein: salmon, fish, chicken, brisket + healthy carb: potato, rice, quinoa + salad (raw vegetable take longer to digest than cooked vegetables)

Make sure you eat a balanced meal to keep your blood sugar levels from spiking later in the night. Allow yourself to digest with herbal tea like chamomile or peppermint.

Now, we know you are hungry, we feel you, but you should never going into your first meal after a fast like a ravenous animal. You will regret it. The first thing you should have after the fast is water. Start with water and a small piece of fruit or something with a bit of sugar. Let it settle and then go for the good stuff. Have a well balanced meal, replenish your body of the nutrients it lacked. I suggest a protein + carb + healthy fat of your choice, just don't over eat, it will upset your stomach.

for those of you who tend to get stomach pains or gas after eating a big meal after a fast I suggest washing down the meal with an herbal tea such as fennel or chamomile.

And of course there is only one way to truly end the fast on the right note and that, of course, is with CAKE! try our recipe for orange coconut cake that contains no gluten and no refined sugars, it will be one less thing you'll have to ask forgiveness for!


Orange Coconut Cake

2 cups almond flour
3 large eggs
1/2 cup honey
½ cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
¼ cup fresh squeezed orange juice
⅓ cup coconut oil
1 tsp baking powder
1 tbsp orange peel
Optional: sliced almonds for topping

Preheat oven to 350 F. In a bowl mix mix honey and eggs on high speed for three minutes. Take speed down to medium and add baking powder, coconut flakes, orange juice, almond flour, and coconut oil. Add orange peel last, and pour mixture into a bread loaf pan. Bake for 35 minutes. Let cool, serve, and enjoy!