Ramadhan is here already, and while this holy
month is important for all Muslims as far as self-restraint is concerned, what
is even more important is ensuring that this new routine doesn’t affect your
Ramadhan and Food
Unlike other months of the year, the month
of Ramadhan will need you to make some changes to your eating habits. You will
need to have a pre-dawn meal (suhoor), and then restrict yourself from food and
throughout the day. You will then break your fast at sunset (Iftaar), and then
follow the same routine for the entire month.
Naturally, food plays a crucial role during this
month-there are several ways you could go wrong and end up feeling tired,
lethargic and weak both throughout the fast and probably even after you break
Tips to Eat Healthy and Stay Active During
Here we’ve bought you some simple tips to fast
healthily during the month and keep yourself fit and active through it all.
Stick to Healthy Foods
The golden rule of staying fit throughout this
month is to stick to consuming healthy and nutritious foods
Don’t use Ramadhan as an excuse to gorge on fried, salty and sweet
- your body is deprived of food and water throughout the day,
and overburdening it with these foods could turn out to be a bad idea.
Experts believe that consuming sweet and fatty
can not just affect your waistline, but also cause sluggishness
and fatigue throughout the day. Consuming salty
, especially during Suhoor can increase the feeling of thirst.
It is recommended that you consume fiber-rich foods during Ramadhan- they help
you feel fuller for a longer time.
during Iftaar could be
just as harmful as fasting without having the Suhoor meal. Make sure the food
that you eat as you break your fast is nutritious and well balanced. It is best
to avoid consuming fried foods at this stage, and stick to a light meal.
Chewing your food properly is also very important here.
It has been found that consuming fruits on an
is the best- it helps harness the maximum power from the fruits, whereas
consuming fruits after a dinner can cause it to decay and even cause harm. So make
sure you break your fast with some fresh seasonal fruits and then proceed to
other food preparations.
Don’t Skip the Suhoor
Suhoor is definitely the most important part of
your fast- since you’ll be off food and water all day, it is important for you
to consume something to give you energy to go through the rest of the day. Make
sure you don’t skip Suhoor at any cost, and even avoid overeating during this
Have a light meal, preferably with unprocessed and
natural foods, and make sure you have atleast 2 glasses of water too.
Warm Water Power
While you may want to quench your day’s thirst
with a glass of cold water, avoid doing so. It is best to have a glass of warm
water right in the beginning as you break your fast. This is thought to strengthen
the eyes, boost digestion
and make you feel less
lethargic and tired after you break your fast.
You can also consider drinking fresh fruit
or a bowl of soup
the basic idea is to rehydrate your body.
According to Islamic traditions, milk
cucumbers, figs, lentils, mutton, olives
and other fruits
are the best foods to
be consumed during Ramadhan. It is also best to limit your physical activity
during this stage and take optimum rest- you don’t need to stay in bed all day
It is a good idea to have some light
following your Iftaar meal- this will keep you from feeling
tired and lethargic.