Top tricks to stay healthy during Ramadan

Ramadan is the time of the year when the inner culinary artist awakens. What better time to try your hands on prepping and cooking those exotic dishes than the loveliest times when families and friends get together on pleasant meals?

Apart from the homely food, most of us tend to dine out too. All of these coupled with the long fasting hours might end up in you gorging on delicious dishes, possibly resulting in heart burns, indigestion, bloating and stomach aches.

This Ramadan, we give you wide range of nutrition tips to follow - how to eat healthy at Iftar and Suhoor and ensure adequate nutrition and continued good health.

A healthy Iftar goes hand in hand with the traditions: starting with few dates followed by a glass of water or Laban, a warm bowl of soup, salads and the main course.

Go slow with breaking your fast

As you break the lent with the dates, don’t stop with just one. Have a handful of dates, dried fruits and nuts since it is a natural resource for nutrition; rich in proteins, minerals and vitamins. Dates are great constructive ingredients for building up the body tissues and muscles, especially after long hours of fasting.

Let soups be a regular in your Iftar menu


Start your Iftar meal with a bowl of warm soup. It comforts the stomach after a long day of fasting, replenishes your body with fluids and helps prepare the digestive system.

Keep yourself Hydrated

Drink plenty of water during the holy month of Ramadan, distributed in small quantities so you don’t feel bloated. Laban is great to cool your stomach after a spicy meal and is soothing in the hot summer heat. Avoid soft drinks instead choose fruit juice over it.

Work Out (Please don’t overdo!)


Chances are you would be taking in lots of extra calories during Ramadan feasting. Stay active, go for a walk, preferably two hours after the heavy meal to burn those extras.

Eat healthy
Add plenty of vegetables and fruits in your meal to ensure vitamin and minerals intake. Drink plenty of water; avoid foods that are too spicy, salty or sugary like pickles, canned/processed food, sweets etc.

Avoid high caffeine drinks like coffee, tea, chocolate, soda, soft drinks etc. The ideal beverage would be water. If you’re feeling more dehydrated than usual, add a slice of lime, strawberries or mint to your drink.

Before you gorge on the delicious Iftar..


 
Ensure you have a daily dose of protein-rich food like Meats, legumes, eggs and dairy products in every Ramadan meal. It helps replenish your wasted body cells.

Avoid eating fried food; it is harder to digest, especially when it is the first food to be eaten after a long fast. Switch to baked dishes instead.

Having too much salty food make your body retain water and you would feel bloated, while spicy foods also induce thirst. Sweets and sugary foods are fast burning; these in turn will turn to fat, increasing your cholesterol levels and body weight.

Ramadan is the time to practice Spiritual Discipline, abstinence and giving and re-focus on one’s self. Let this Ramadan nurture positive changes that will last a lifetime.

Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy!

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