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What do you Crave when You’re Very Hungry? A Yom Kippur Tribute to Food

A Yom Kippur Food Tribute…

Right now I am very hungry, more hungry than I have been in a long time. It has been 21 hours since I have eaten and I have about four more to go. It’s funny how four hours can seem like an eternity. I don’t know why I thought this blog post would help my hunger pains, but perhaps if I talk enough about what I want, maybe I will be satiated. Probably not, but it’s worth a try. At least sitting on my computer will keep me away from the kitchen.

The question is, in my deepest state of hunger, what do I want? What does this say about deprivation? Furthermore, what does this say about the dreaded word….dieting?

At first considering this question, I really just want Doritos and Whitney’s Cookie-Brownies. I want Coffee Heath Ice cream. I want fritos, and a juicy cheese burger. I want Shepherd’s Pie and a Chocolate Shake. I want Giada’s Creamy Orzo and Sesame Chicken. I want a California Roll, Shrimp Tempura and Mashed Potatoes. I want a Thanksgiving dinner. I want a diet coke!!!!!!!!

Remember this? Yumm mac and cheese!
A juicy veggie burger with cheese!
mmm nuts, peanut butter and nutella!

meatloaf and mashed potatoes…ugh.

After looking at this list, I am sort of disgusted at myself. Look at all that nasty food! I have listed perhaps the most disgusting combination but also the highest calorie foods known to man. But I love food! I love food with a lot of flavor and gusto. When the depths of my stomach are yearning for even the tiniest of bread crumbs, I just want something big, gloppy, gooey and sensational.

Usually when Jews break the fast of Yom Kippur, we eat something simple- nothing resembling any of the foods that I just mentioned. Some people eat tea and cakes. Most people eat bagels, cream cheese, lox, and gefilte fish. In my family, we break the fast a little differently. At around five oclock, my Dad will say he’s hungry and that he wants some chocolate chip cookies. He will get my sister to make the preparations for a massive chocolate chip cookie extravaganza. We then will bake. The smell of fresh Tollhouse cookies will fill the house, our mouths salivate and we break the fast a little bit too early.

For some of you, this post is a little inconsequential. So Jews have to fast, then we break it. No biggy right? But I have a problem with this whole thing. I’m SOO hungry and all I want is junk food. That just can’t be good.

What do you all crave when you’re drastically hungry? Please tell me I’m not alone in my cravings!


  1. Cookie says

    You're definitely not alone in your cravings! I don't think I've ever been as hungry as you are right now since I've never fasted in my (and could NOT even fathom the thought)! BUT when I'm really hungry, I literally will eat ANYTHING I can get my hands on! (Well, anything edible anyway!) It's usually something not so healthy either like junk food or fast food. :(

  2. Alicia says

    I definitely understand that Yom Kippur cravings! Me and my boyfriends family always break the fast a little early as well. I usually crave Italian food, like pastas and the creamy sauces! Also, bread! All I want is some good warm bread!

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