For Muslims around the world, Ramadan is a month of extremes when it comes to dietary routine.
Fasting during this period is great for its spiritual and physical benefits, but it requires advance preparation so that the individual partaking can be fully prepared.
Here are 5 Tips To Help You Stay Healthy While Fasting During Ramadan
1. Never skip ‘Suhour’
Just as breakfast is the most important meal of the day, ‘Suhour’ (the meal eaten before dawn) is equally important during Ramadan. The pre-dawn meal helps your body stay hydrated and fuelled up on energy and nutrients until your next meal at iftar. It also helps you avoid overeating when you break your fast at sunset.
2. Go slow when you break your fast
Dates, avocado juice with fruits or dried fruit or soups are the perfect choice of foods to opt for when you break your fast. A good mix of carbs, proteins, fruits and vegetables should be included in your meals.
3. Try to cut down on sugary and processed foods
Avoid heavily processed, fast-burning foods that contain refined carbohydrates such as sugar and white flour, as well as fatty foods like Ramadan desserts. They are high in fat and low in nutrients.
4. Stay hydrated
Drink at least 8-12 cups of water a day. Drink plenty of fluids for hydration from the period of Iftar to the time of suhour. Although juices, milk and soup are sources of fluids, water is the best choice, so try to consume other drinks in moderation
5. Avoid working out during fasting hours
To avoid dehydration, it’s best to postpone working out until after fasting hours. We suggest you work out at a time when energy levels are at their best and rehydration is possible, such as after Iftar. Allow at least 2-3 hours after eating to begin your exercise routine, to give your body enough time to digest properly.