Ramazan is all about food, but that’s undoubtedly no means to get over-excited and munch on junk during iftaar and sehri. The holy month of fasting also comes with physical benefits, but only when done right. It is highly important to combine healthy food choices with fasting since both will reset your metabolism, helping you in shedding a few pounds and boosting your immune system.
Ramazan should not be all about pakoras and samosas as much as we love to munch on them - they’re not the healthiest of choices. However, that also does not mean to neglect your favorite food completely and allowing yourself to treat your body once in a while, along with incorporating your favorite Ramazan treats in a nutritious plan.
1. STAY HYDRATED:
We cannot emphasize much on this part. It is imperative to stay hydrated as dehydration is the toughest part of fasting, especially in the scorching summers. Loading up on water in Sehri is also not the healthiest of choice, so the best thing you can do is drink water in intervals from the time you break your fast till suhoor.
2. AVOID SUGAR AT ALL COST:
We might think there is no Ramzan without dessert and would require at least some sweet dish during iftaari, without realizing how unhealthy that may be for us. Eating sugary foods messes up your metabolism as such meals give you empty calories without any nutritional benefits and that can be one of the reasons you over-eat in Ramadan.
3. MODERATION IS KEY:
It is normal to crave your favorite food after a long day of fasting, but if you really have to opt for it, try to limit it to once-a-week rather than every day. Or try to alternate your favorite food with a healthier option - this way your cravings will be satisfied alongside you staying on the right and healthy track.
4. FIBER IS YOUR FRIEND:
Low energy levels are extremely normal during and after a long day of fast. To tackle this issue, add fibre to your diet in order to keep your gut moving. Some foods with high fibre content are fresh fruits and vegetables that contribute wholly to the fibre levels in your body. Make sure to take your fiber in your suhoor as well as iftaar.
5. OIL IS YOUR ENEMY:
Good fats in moderation are an essential part of a healthy and balanced diet, but we tend to have too much oil in our diets and Ramazan is just another month where our oil intake increases more than usual. Consequently, this can result in serious heart or artery damage so it is important to keep your oil levels at check and opt for healthier alternatives.
These are some pointers you should keep in consideration while fasting this Ramzan. Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to avoid all your favorite food, just have to be a little more organized with what you eat. Happy fasting!