The month of Ramadan is the month of power, fasting, peace, forgiveness and mercy. You can acquire all this by reading more of the Quran and pondering on its meanings, enjoining good for forbidding evil, increasing your zikr, give out zakat, praying more and prolonging your salat, making sincere dua and improving your self-discipline and self-control.
During this month, Muslims are expected to fast, abstain from food, drinks, smoke and any form of sexual contact with their spouses, from sunrise to sunset avoiding any thoughts or action that will invalidate their fast.
This article focuses on things we do that make our prolonged period of hunger and taste unbearable. So, in other to fast the whole month and still look fit and healthy below are tips you might want to avoid:
#1.Avoiding Drinks with additives at iftar
It is Sunnah to break the fast with either dates or water, but starting with drinks having sugar, additives and colourants is totally unhealthy. Example milkshake with syrup.
#2.Avoid drinking too much water at the iftar
Drinking large amounts of water at iftar time, is totally uncalled for no matter how thirsty you are as it strains the stomach. Try to create a balance, and even if you have to, make sure you water intake doesn’t exceed ¼ of your stomach.
#3.Avoid working out immediately after iftar
Yes, it is good to workout but that also depends on the time you are working out. Your body just went through hours of energy deprivation and most of the body’s blood flow is centred around the stomach. So if you have to, at least wait two hours after the meal which is perfect.
#4.Chewing and swallowing food fast
It is Islamically and morally unwise to chew your food poorly, besides why do you think we have the teeth in our mouths. Chewing should be done slowly and nicely as it goes a long a way in helping the stomach digest and absorb this food into our system.
#5.Avoid having dessert directly after iftar
The plain truth about dessert is that they make you drowsy and sleepy, which is not something anybody would want immediately after iftar as the ish’a and tarawih prayers are in an hour or less. Dessert should come after the salat and even help you relax.
#6.Avoid foods with high sodium content
Especially for suhoor as they induce taste fast due to their effect on the kidney. Eat foods with good potassium content instead.
#7.Avoid sleeping all through the day and praying all through the night
Doing this changes your normal sleep and wake schedules of the brain, and might affect your brain productivity during the day.
#8.Try to reduce the amount of daily contact
Especially during the last ten days of Ramadan, so that you can have more energy for the night. Devote much of your time worshipping Allah rather than playing games, watching movies or socialising.
#9.Avoid spending too much of your time preparing for Eid
Don’t make it a priority upon yourself or your spouses to shop and shop for the Eid try as much to make everything simple but most importantly plan well. May Allah grant us the ability to make good of this month and help us stay focus amin!