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  • ’10 Tips for Staying Healthy During Ramadan’

    Ramadan is almost upon us and, with average temperatures of 43 degrees Celsius, the weather will be sizzling, while the hours of daylight will be long. This means that more than ever, it is vital to prepare and know exactly what to eat during non-fasting hours. With this in mind, here are 10 top tips for eating well and staying healthy.

    1. Eat real, fresh food, not processed food, as the latter is more often than not filled with unhealthy things such as high-fructose corn syrup, high amounts of salt, and a variety of heart-clogging oils.
    2. Eat normal sized, nutritious meals at Sahoor and Iftar.
    3. Avoid foods high in fat, salt and sugar.
    4. Choose a diet rich in fruit, vegetables, beans, lentils, rice and grains.
    5. Drink an abundance of fluids and stay away from caffeinated beverages like coffee, tea, energy drinks and cola.
    6. Break the fast with a healthy snack like dates, which provide a nutritious rush of natural sugar.
    7. Save sweets and sugary foods for Eid ul Fitr to avoid any sugar crashes. If you must have something sweet, use real honey or natural raw cane sugar in your recipes.
    8. Hydrate your body by making juices out of fruits and soups out of vegetables in order to provide your body with the additional water it needs.
    9. Sip on water throughout the evening. Aim for eight glasses by bedtime.
    10. Don't skip Suhoor, even though an extra hour in bed can seem appealing. Breakfast, as they say, is the most important meal of the day, and during Ramadan it becomes even more important!

    Your diet during Ramadan should not differ significantly from your normal healthy balanced diet, which should be followed all year round. Your eating patterns (times) may be very different to normal, but it should contain food from all the major food groups. And if you are not currently happy with your diet, the month of Ramadan is a great opportunity to focus on bringing back a balanced and healthy lifestyle by enjoying good, nutrient-rich food that provides the energy necessary for the priorities of daily life.

    Ramadan Kareem!



    · By Bilal Al Halabi, Al Halabi Ref. & Kitchen Equipment www.al-halabi.com

    · Published: Monday, 23rd June – 2014 at 07:00