With Ramadan 2019 beginning, millions across the world will be fasting from dawn to sunset for an entire month. People who observe the Ramadan fast, start their day with an early morning meal called suhur, then proceed to fast and end the fast with a meal called iftaar in the evening. During the time of fasting, no food or water is allowed for consumption. Despite the fasting, many followers carry on with their routine work as usual. If you are fasting for Ramadan, it is important for you to note what you must and mustn’t eat to ensure that you have energy throughout the day. To help you stay healthy during the month of Ramadan, here are some tips you need to follow:

To power yourself for the day, you need to ensure that you eat a filling and nutritious meal during suhoor. Make sure to pack in lots of fibre in the form of wholegrain foods, fruits and vegetables. Eat a lot of barley, jowar, nuts, seeds and lentils. Also, make sure that you are eating some good quality protein. Eggs are an excellent way to start your day. These will keep you full for long and give you energy.

Drink fruit juices like aam panna or smoothies for hydration along with water during suhoor and iftaar. Skip having caffeine as it will lead to dehydration and increased thirst throughout the day.

Make it a point to eat almonds and dates. Both are not just nutritious, they will also help you go through the day. Dates have natural sugar in them that will provide you with instant energy.

Opt for grilled, shallow fried, steamed or baked foods whenever possible. These will be easy for you to digest and these cooking methods will keep the nutrients in your food intact.

Consult with your doctor if you are a diabetic, menstruating, pregnant or have heart diseases or any other health conditions.