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Jewish/ Muslim Mumsnetters- any tips/ advice on fasting?

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malfoy Sun 20-Sep-09 20:00:33

Hi, I am thinking ahead for Yom Kippur next Sunday/ Monday.

I am giving up coffee this week to avoid any withdrawal head aches.

I will try not to have a "salty" dinner on Sunday night.

Any other tips that work for you?

Mummy369 Sun 20-Sep-09 20:07:01

Hi malfoy - are you Breastfeeding? If yes, how old is baby and are you exclusively breastfeeding?

malfoy Sun 20-Sep-09 20:09:05

No such luck! No longer breastfeeding but I did use that as an excuse when I was.

DS is 5 and DD is 3. I have lined up my non Jewsih parents to feed the Dcs.

sarah293 Sun 20-Sep-09 20:10:27

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Mummy369 Sun 20-Sep-09 20:20:31

Don't worry, not an excuse, but definitely an advantage!
I plan to eat 3 healthy meals, but no extra snacks on Sunday. It's really hard to go from eating 3 square meals and several snacks to nothing! Space out your meals, too, and go to bed early Sunday evening - nothing worse than a tired-ness headache (on Monday) and no cup of tea! Drink plenty, but no caffeine (don't forget there is caffeine in wine, chocolate and tea, too).

Good Luck, and Godd Yom Tove to you and your family

Mummy369 Sun 20-Sep-09 20:21:45

I meant Good Yom Tov, of course wink

sarah293 Sun 20-Sep-09 20:22:24

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Mummy369 Sun 20-Sep-09 20:38:41

Our Yom Kippur Fast is 25 hours long - starting at the beginnning of sunset the night before (ie Sunday) and finishes at the end of sunset the following night (Monday). It is not permitted to eat or drink anything during that time and one should devote the day to penance and prayer to G-D. All healthy children and adults over the age of 13 years old should observe the fast.

ElectricElephant Sun 20-Sep-09 20:39:29


malfoy Sun 20-Sep-09 21:27:41

Thanks everybody.

The thirst is the hardest bit.

We generally absolutely stuff ourselves silly just before which I think actually makes things worst because you sart off all bloated.

We also drink loads of water so I spend the Kol Nidre service hopping from one foot to the other.

littleducks Sun 20-Sep-09 21:33:23

I fast for ramadhan so slightly different in timescales

but dont overeat before hand, you will feel bloated and unwell

drink plenty beforehand but not tonnes in one go, so for a few days prior up water content

dont, however tempting drink tonnes of water right before begininng to fast as it then goes straght through you leaving you feeling worse

Try and stay busy to keep distracted

I have no trouble feeding children etc but strong food smells (frying etc,) where it makes the saliva start arent helpful

malfoy Sun 20-Sep-09 21:37:39

ta v much. I will only drink water this week.

Firawla Sun 20-Sep-09 22:54:04

try to eat something nutricious before you start, like oats and ive heard people recommend banana with yoghurt

malfoy Tue 22-Sep-09 10:38:09

Failing miserably to not drink coffee this week.

Mummy369 Thu 24-Sep-09 00:55:48

Try switching to de-caf and cut down more gradually - start with every other cuppa (i.e. x1 normal then x1 de-caf etc..) Stick with the same brand as there may be less of a difference in taste.

malfoy Mon 28-Sep-09 20:41:34

Thanks to all for the tips. The fast went well. I suspect the rabbi of being a Mumsnetter as she mentioned FLY lady in her sermon.

Anyway thanks to all.

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