Ramadan is a holy month observed by Muslim across the world. It is celebrated on the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and this year Ramadan will start on May 26 and will conclude on June 24. Muslims observe fast during this holy month to mark the revelation of Quran to Muhammad. It is the period when people focus on charity, fasting, prayer, purification and improving oneself. Fasting for almost 30 days is not easy and many people prepare some of the oiliest and fattening meals during this period as a reward for the fasting. However, this approach will have a negative impact on the body. It is important to have nutritious food during the fasting period to provide energy and stay healthy. Here are some tips to follow for a healthy Ramadan fasting. (ALSO READ Fasting diet can help overcome diabetes?)
1. Eat grilled meat for iftar and suhur
During suhur (the meal consumed early in the morning) and iftar (the meal consumed after sunset), eat grilled meat instead of fried or roasted meat. This will help your body to stay fit and energetic without gaining weight.
2. Do not eat processed food
High in chemicals and preservatives, processed food is a bad choice for iftar and suhur. Try not to eat candies, sugary sweets and other junk foods. Instead opt for fresh fruits and vegetables from local stores.
3. Eat hydrating foods
As you will be fasting the whole day it is important to keep your body hydrated by eating food with high water content. Have smoothies, fresh fruit juices and coconut water to stay hydrated. Try to avoid tea and coffee as they dehydrate your body. (ALSO READ 7 Important Things To Know About Ramadan).
4. Balance your protein and carbohydrate intake
Balance your meal with equal amount of proteins and carbohydrate. Do not go overboard with carbohydrate as it is converted into sugar. Combine your rice and potatoes with meat and beans for a balanced diet.
5. Avoid salty and fried foods
Instead of frying your food, bake it. Fried food loaded with oil is difficult to digest and result in weight gain. It will also make you feel sluggish. Salty food will make you dehydrated, so try to limit your salt intake.
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