The holy month is here and we need to know about all the best tips to stay energetic and healthy in Ramadan. It’s important to stay hydrated, take healthy and balanced diet, make the right choice of drinks throughout the month.
Ramadan is a spiritual time for a test of patience, where people focus on charity, fasting, prayer and improving the inner soul. A fasting person needs good and nutrient-rich food rather than oiliest and fattening meals. Keep the diet simple, especially when there is a hot climate in summer season. So have a notorious food both in Suhoor and Iftar.
Here are some simple tips to follow for a healthy Ramadan.
1. Do not skip Suhoor.
It’s important to never skip suhoor to maintain your energy level throughout the day. The pre-dawn meal helps you stay hydrated and fueled up on energy until your meal at iftar. Take yogurt, meat, eggs, grains, vegetables to boost your energy.
2. Stay away from processed and junk foods.
Processed foods seem convenient and delicious, but they contain unhealthy things, not good for your fast. Just like this, junk food doesn’t have any nutrients so do not use them as a side dish in Ramzan like candies, chips. Instead, focus more on fruits and vegetables to get something in return. Fruits and veggies like cucumbers, melons, watermelons contain high water content that keeps you hydrated.
3. Eat balanced meal in suhoor and iftar.
In suhoor, eat digestible and absorbable foods. Foods like whole-white breads, rice, pasta and whole wheat grains are rich in Vitamins B. Also, have some protein rich foods like milk to feel full till iftar.
In iftar, dates and juices are good sources of carbohydrates and take everything to a normal level. Eat more fruits for vitality.
4. Eat slowly and don’t overindulge.
Always aim for a small iftar so you can have a larger meal later. Eat slowly and take a small portion. Start with a few dates and water and avoid oil and fats in your meal. Remember, you should eat slowly in order to give your body time to digest the food.
5. Avoid fried stuff
Samosas and pakoras are like the cultural traditions of Ramadan foods. One can’t think of having iftari without these two, but try to bake everything rather than to fry. Fried foods are heavy in oils and hard to digest. Fried stuff also results in weight gain.
6. Walk after iftar
Don’t sit down just after taking iftari and dinner. Take a short walk to digest everything and to get ready for the next day fast. Have some gentle exercise to improve your cardiovascular health to stay energetic and healthy in Ramadan.
7. Get a enough amount of rest
Whether it’s Ramadan or not, make a habit to sleep at least 7-8 hours. Especially in Ramadan, take small breaks in the day also to have small naps of 15-20 minutes to energize yourself. It’s necessary to take some time for you!
Happy Ramadan Kareem to all the Muslims!