With Ramadan here and families have already started stocking their cupboards with different essential food items, it’s important for us to know which of those supplements are healthy and how to consume them.
It’s believed that fasting during the holy month can improve your overall health, but if only done in the appropriate manner.
After fasting for several hours and an appetizing iftar is presented in front of us, it is easy to forget to eat a balanced diet and which which is suitable for long periods of abtainance from food and drink.
Fortunantely, It’s quite simple to maintain a healthy diet throughout ramadan.
The following recommendations will help you along the way. Enjoy!
#1. Break your fast with dates
We are all aware that sugar is an energy-giving nutrient, and there is no better way to break your fast than eating fresh dates. This fruit is rich in fiber, magnesium and potassium and helps regulate your bowel movements. So start it with dates and reap the benefits of this nourishing fruit.
#2. Stay hydrated
The average human needs to drink about eight glasses (2 Liters) of water throughout the day to stay hydrated, so it’s very important that you try and stay hydrated by drinking enough water after you break your fast so that you wouldn’t suffer any severe symptoms of dehydration.
#3. Avoid being thirsty
Similar to the point mentioned above, it’s also important to avoid salty foods like canned goods, pretzels or salted chips. These foods will increase your thirst during the fasting period. It’s also important and in your best interest to avoid spicy foods as well and consume more vegetables and fruits instead.
#4. Stay away from Salty and Sugary Foods
Your digestion can be affected by consuming sweets immediately after you break your fast, as it causes bloating and other minor problems such an unstable blood sugar level leading you to crave more sugary foods. We recommend that you eat sweets after 2 or 3 hours after iftar.
It’s no doubt that these foods can be tempting but they do more harm than good.
#5. Avoid coffee
Another thing to avoid during the fasting period is caffeine. And we’re all aware that coffee contains a lot of it. Try as much as possible to limit your coffee consumption during the period to avoid headaches and drowsiness.
#6. Make healthy food choices
Grains, vegetables, starchy vegetables, fish, meat and other pretentious supplements are the diet choice to maintain throughout the period. You should also avoid fried and fatty foods as they increase your cholesterol levels.