Ramadan is here!
The holy month of Ramadan is a time when Muslim adult fast daily from dawn until sunset breaking the fast at sunset with a meal called Iftar and then eat again pre-dawn at Suhoor.
Something about fasting all day is that it slows your body’s metabolism, which means your body burns fewer calories than it would all day long. This can actually make you a little grumpy and fatigue the better part of the day.
Learning to eat what’s right and at the best time of the day especially since you’re going to be on continuous daily fast in the Ramadan month will help you maintain and enjoy a healthy life.
For instance, foods that are light and nutritious are ideal during Ramadan because someone who’s fasting needs good, nutrient-rich food that provides the energy necessary for the priorities of daily life.
Here are healthy tips to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle this Ramadan.
1. Drink a lot of and other hydrating foods during Ramadan
You lose a lot of water during the day while fasting. So, it’s important to replace the water by drinking a lot water nd eating hydrating foods like watermelon and the likes to replace the lost water.
Also, avoid taking caffeinated drinks and soda as they can dehydrate and sap out water from your body.
2. Ditch sugary foods and junks
Sugary foods, drinks, and all that junks stuff are simply calorie-dense with little or no nutrient at all. So, how do you intend to go through long hours of fasting during the day and praying at night when you load up on foods with absolutely no nutritional value?
3. Eat the right foods to help you during Suhoor
Once the sugary foods are out of the way, then we can now talk about the right kind of food to eat during Suhoor.
Try eating high unprocessed foods that will leave you feeling full all day long. Take complex carbohydrates, such as fruit and vegetables, beans and lentils, whole grains and lean proteins that will provide you with a long-lasting source of energy throughout the day.
Also, be sure to pair your rice or any other form of carb with an adequate amount of protein and vegetables for a more balanced option.
4. Do not overeat
Just because you haven’t had as little as a slice of bread or plantain go down your oesophagus and all the way down to your stomach all day is no license to eat as much as 2-3 plates of food all in one sitting. Remember, as a matter of fact, your body has hardly burned many calories all day, so why stuff yourself when you haven’t fully utilized what was there before?
Most importantly, planning every meal beforehand will definitely help you in maintaining the healthy lifestyle of your choice this Ramadan.