We spend most of the time during Ramadan devoid of food. This makes the meals we eat during non-fasting hours even more important in maintaining our health and sustaining us through the whole month. It is important to stay healthy and strong during Ramadan to be able to fulfill your religious and daily obligations. Hence in this article we are going to give you five very important healthy eating tips to keep you going in this holy month.
#1.Avoid Junk/Processed Foods And Eat Real Foods.
You would do well to steer clear of junk and processed foods because not only are they unhealthy they lack the necessary nutrients that provide energy, and you certainly need energy during Ramadan. Go for the healthier options in fruits, vegetables and eat whole foods, preferably homemade ones. These foods are packed with the necessary nutrition that provide the necessary energy levels needed in Ramadan and are also a far healthier alternative to junk foods.
#2.Avoid “WHITE” Foods
Things like white bread, white rice, white sugar etc although it may seem surprising to some should definitely be avoided. The reason is that white bread is made from white flour which is depleted of all the necessary nutrients that should go in bread; the same applies to white rice and white sugar. Alternatively for bread you can choose whole wheat breads and for rice you can go for brown rice or basmati.
#3.Keep Yourself Hydrated
When we are fasting, especially for people living in warmer climates, we get dehydrated more and more as the day wears on. So we should make the most of our suhur (pre-dawn) and iftar (meal at the time for breaking fast) meals and make up for all the amount of water we’ve lost during the day. Drinking more water and eating fruits like watermelon, squash and other juicy fruits go a long way in helping us getting hydrated. Stay away from eating a lot of salty and spicy foods as they only increase our thirst further. Get in as more liquids as you can but stay away from tea and coffee as they only lead to more dehydration.
#4.Avoid Foods That Are Fried And Sugary
If possible try alternating your frying with baking. The thing is fried foods are full of oil which makes their digestion difficult. Also try to avoid sweets and desserts as they are full of fats, calories and are unhealthy, instead get naturally sweetened foods like honey or fruits that have considerable amount of sugar like sweet mangoes and sweet oranges. That way you satisfy your sugar cravings while staying healthy.
#5.Mitigate Your Carbohydrate Consumption
You are going to have to curb your pasta or rice consumption a bit during Ramadan as they are full of carbohydrates. Carbohydrates can have negative effects on your body same as sweets do because after they are consumed they are converted into sugar. If you still insist on having carbohydrates you can mix them with protein rich foods like beans and meat to have a more balanced diet.
This article is not a substitute for medical advice. The author nor the website will not take responsibility for any side effects or harm from following its contents. Please make sure you consult your physician regarding fasting or consuming any particular foods before doing so.