Do you end up gaining weight in Ramazan?
Does every iftar turn into a feast to make up for the long day of fasting?
Do you struggle with lower energy levels over the month?
If you do, read on as we prepare to embark upon a healthy journey this month with FUCHSIA Healthy Ramazan Program, to get recipes and tips on how to eat healthily this holy month.
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For sustainable energy levels throughout the day of fasting, there is a need for balanced meals at Iftar and Sehri. Eat healthy proteins and fats, plenty of vegetables, whole grains and fruit.
I will help you achieve this goal by sharing many recipes with you through FUCHSIA Healthy Ramazan Program.
A few tips to bear in mind for Sehri. There is often the temptation to sleep in and skip Sehri, but don’t do this, as it is important to eat well sustain oneself through the day.
Eat foods that do not cause blood sugar surges and are both energising and hydrating.
Some good foods to have at Sehri are:
- Eggs and whole-wheat toast
- Smoked Salmon (low-salt)
- A bowl of porridge
- Yogurt and muesli
- Drink water or coconut water
Depending on which part of the world you are residing in, you might break your fast with a date and light snack, followed by dinner a few hours later.
Some common foods that should be avoided at Iftari are:
– Fried and starchy foods will make you feel lethargic
– High-sugar foods which will you give you an instant energy boost, followed closely by a crash.
– Salty food, which makes you thirsty, and crave sweet food.
– Excess caffeine which is a diuretic, leaving your body dehydrated the next day.
However, if you live further up in the North of the world, you might be breaking your fast only after 9pm, and may prefer dinner as part of Iftari.
Some healthy choices to have at dinner are:
– Proteins: Chicken (preferably without skin), fish, seafood, eggs, dairy, beans and lentils (kidney beans, chickpeas, lima beans, adzuki beans, black-eyed peas etc)
– Healthy fats such as olives, avocados and fats
– Grains such as rice, roti, quinoa, millet, oats, whole
wheat pasta etc.
Some Useful Tips for a healthier ‘you’ this Ramazan:
Eat Mindfully: Chew your food slowly, and enjoy the meal. As you haven’t eaten all day, it is easy to over-eat as you are hungry and end up eating faster. Mindful eating also helps you keep to the spirit of Ramazan – appreciating the food and blessings of God.
Avoid sleeping straight after your meal: Food needs time to digest, and falling asleep straight after your meal can result in acidity and a feeling of bloated-ness.
Get some exercise: It is difficult to do strenuous exercise during Ramazan, however do make time to go for a quick, brisk walk daily after Iftari or Sehri, and get some fresh air.
Keep hydrated: Always drink plenty of water between Iftari and bedtime, as you need to be well hydrated during the day when you are fasting.
Feel good throughout the month of Fasting!
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Please Note: FUCHSIA Healthy Ramazan Program will be conducted as a closed forum. To participate, do register by clicking on the link above. Registration is absolutely FREE. It will include healthy recipes and a chance to participate in forum discussions with other members. Sujata Din, our health coach, will answer your queries as well. You will receive free updates on forum discussions directly to your inbox.
About Sujata Din
Sujata Din is a Certified Holistic Health Coach based in Singapore. Sujata assists clients all over the world through individual face-to-face consultation, as well as consultation over Skype, telephone and Email. She equips clients with tools, information and strategies that lead them to better health, higher energy levels and, ultimately, a happier disposition. On top of individual consultations, Sujata conducts workshops on nutrition, cooking demonstrations and pantry overhauls.