Diet & Fitness Tips to follow during Ramadan: Ramadan, a blissful expedition of 30 days observed by Muslims across the globe. The essence of this festivity lies in sacrifice, prayer and almsgiving and today, I am going to speak about Roza specifically,the Islamic approach of abstaining from food and water.
Ramadan, during the summers, can be extremely strenuous especially because of the heat and the constant change in the weather conditions. Imagine how one moment it feels extremely hot and the other blows your mind with humidity. However, people observing fast have gotten accustomed to all kinds of conditions but here we are going to talk about some essentials to keep yourself healthy during this holy season.
Suhoor is the first meal before dawn is consumed before observing the fast for the next 10 or more hours. The foods consumed during this serving is what helps you fight through dehydration, cravings and urge of eating throughout the day. The three best energy donors that give you long-lasting power during your observance are carbohydrates, proteins and high-fibre foods.
Filling your plate with proper proportions of grains, wheat, oats and other carb-filled foods brings your body and mind to a state of feeling whole for the major part of the day. You can also add protein portions such as cheese, eggs, yogurt to remain active and high-fibre foods like potatoes, dates, vegetables, fruits especially bananas that will maintain the water balance in your body.
Iftar! The time of the day when you break your fast and your tummy longs for the much-needed source of energy, FOOD & WATER! Fasting is tedious and it does not just sap your physical strength but also weakens you mentally which is one of the biggest reasons we tend to eat whatever comes our way. While this could be a natural tendency, it is always advisable to break your fast with water, veggies, fruits or dates. Indulging in large portions or heavy, oily meals can cause adverse effects to your system.
So, let me tell you what happens when you fill yourself with massive meals? First things first, one morsel then two and three and you are DONE! Yes, the urge of eating absolutely whatsoever comes your way actually does not allow your body to recover the lost energy. Why? Because you may not realize but you are actually done in 3 bites well, I call it emotional hunger that is inevitable. Small meals allow your tummy to healthily resume from the long break (from dawn to sunset) and supports your digestion process.
Well, here are the two important meals Suhoor and Iftar decoded for just for you. A tip for everyone who wants to look and feel healthy and happy during this sacred season ofRamadan– keep away from fast foods and sugary products. High consumptions of caffeine and greasy items must also be curtailed to avoid water loss. For those of you Fitness fanatics, I’d recommend NO workout to low-impact exercises to ensure you don’t wear yourselves out. Here’s wishing everyone a BLESSED and HEALTHY Ramadan!