If you drink a lot of coffee and intend to fast for 25 hours on Yom Kippur
between Friday eve through Saturday night, you are advised to cut down gradually
on your consumption of the caffeine-laden drink during the next three
A sudden halt to coffee drinking – or to heavy consumption of cola,
tea and chocolate – can cause headaches that will interfere with the fast,
Instead of drinking coffee, drink a lot of cold water –
around 10 glasses daily.
The expected heat wave during Yom Kippur will
mean people at risk will have to be especially careful when they
According to dietitians at Laniado Medical Center in Netanya, on
the days leading up to the fast, one should eat whole grains, rice, bread, sweet
potato, pasta, beans, potatoes and other carbohydrates to fill up on these
nutrients as your stored glycogen in the liver and muscles and your
triglycerides run low.
Eat smaller meals on Friday before the final meal.
For that, on Friday afternoon, eat food with complex carbohydrates that release
sugar slowly, such as whole grains, avocado, olive oil, tehina and nuts, and
proteins such as meat, chicken and fish. Spicy, salty foods should be avoided,
as should sweet, carbonated drinks and alcohol.
Don’t overeat very close
to the beginning of the fast, as this will cause your stomach to be distended
and painful – and may even cause vomiting. The final meal should be consumed no
less than 40 minutes before the beginning of the fast.
chronic diseases and pregnant women should consult their doctor about fasting,
drinking only water, and taking medications.
must not stop taking insulin; ask your doctor if you can fast.
fast with tea or juice and cookies, crackers or a piece of cake. Drink a lot of
water, but gradually, to restore moisture in the body.
An hour later, one
can sit down to a more substantial dinner.
Prof. Yehezkel Weisman of the
urgent care unit at the Schneider Children’s Medical Center in Petah Tikva said
children are at risk of accidents when they play, ride bicycles and use
skateboards, rollerblades and skates in the usually empty streets.
number of such accidents increases every year, he added. Doing so at night is
Children must be supervised and should preferably ride
on sidewalks, wearing helmets, knee and elbow protectors and other
Magen David Adom will be on high alert during the fast. Every
year, it treats more than 200 children injured during Yom Kippur. In addition,
some 500 people who suffer heart attacks, heat prostration and other ills need
help from intensive care units and ambulances, and an additional 100 people, on
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