During Ramadan, it is advisable to fast as this can improve your health, but this is only possible if done in the proper manner. If this is done incorrectly, it can cause more harm than good.
This Ramadan, we have decided to give you wide range of tips that can make you stay healthy. This will help you eat healthy at Sahur (meal served before dawn) and Iftar, (meal served after sunset) to ensure adequate nutrition and continued good health.
Tips to Make A Few Lifestyle Changes
- Drink at least 8 glasses of water during the holy month of Ramadan. This should be distributed in small quantities, so you won’t feel bloated.
- Avoid foods that are too spicy or salty and consume more fruits and vegetables that are refreshing.
- Start your Iftar meal with something very light that comforts the stomach after a long day of fasting, replenishes your body with fluids and help prepare the digestive system for this blessed meal.
- A balanced main dish at Iftar should contain a source of carbohydrates like rice, potatoes, as well as some protein like beef, chicken or fish, in addition to cooked vegetables.
- The urge to eat so much is increased during Ramadan, but you should watch this as this can lead to obesity. Eating a healthy Iftar, eating starters and sweets in moderation, choosing more fruits and vegetables, avoiding sweetened beverages, and being active everyday will help you maintain your weight.
- For plenty of vitamins and minerals vital to good health, ensure to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables during Ramadan.
- If you feel full quickly and are unable to complete your Iftar, you can delay your main course until after your Maghreb prayer. This will ensure that you have enough time to digest your fruits and salad preventing you from feeling uncomfortable as a result of overeating after a long day of fasting.
- If you love to drink coffee during Ramadan, have a cup one to two hours after having a healthy balanced Iftar.
- Be moderate in adding salt to your cooked dishes especially during Ramadan. Instead use vegetables, herbs and spices to add flavour and colour to your meals!
- Be moderate in adding salt to your cooked dishes especially during Ramadan. Instead use vegetables, herbs and spices to add flavour and colour to your meals.
Source: Nestle and Cleaveland Clinic
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