Healthy Eating should rightfully be practiced during the Ramadan month.
Fasting for a whole month can be a challenge as you may experience certain dietary discomforts such as constipation, indigestion, flatulence and hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels) due to the change in eating routine. Follow some eating tips as below can minimise the discomforts.
Sahur: An Important Meal During Ramadan
The meal consumed before the beginning of fast (sahur) is important because it is a main source of energy. Remember, don’t skip sahur. Ideally, the sahur meal should be taken at least half an hour before imsak(beginning of fast). It is not encourage that having sahur too early or before bedtime. The best eating practice is consume foods rich in complex carbohydrates and high in fibre which help to alleviate hunger.
Know your food during Iftar!
Iftar is the time you replenish energy levels, every effort should be a well-balanced, nutritious meal and not a feast! Hence, break fast with light foods can avoid indigestion.We not overeating or excessively consume high fat food may result in indigestion and weight gain.
Dates are the best food of choice of breaking fast. Dates are a rich source of calories and fibre, thus suitable for providing instant energy and satiety. Other than this, eat some local delicacies to break fast too.
Stay Hydrated During Ramadan
Reduction in your water intake can affect your body’s cells and nerves from functioning properly. Drink 8 glasses water or 2L water between Iftar and Sahur. Warm water is better than cold water which can help in digestion. Besides, have to avoid caffeinated and sugary beverage.
Some people tends to have excuses not to do exercise during Ramadan. You can enjoy doing exercises but avoid strenuous exercise.
Best time to do exercise is before and after Iftar. Brisk walking for 30 minutes can burn calories and increase metabolism.