Ramzan 2017!! That time of the year again when you are unable to cope up with your hunger pangs and cravings and end up binging on unhealthy amounts of food by the end of the day. Normally people aim to lose weight during Ramzan, but that’s not what we are here to talk about. Ramzan is not about weight loss or about weight gain and it should not be about that. It is about having control over yourself and adopting a healthy lifestyle. So, what should we do to get by this blessed month without getting involved into undesirable eating habits?
Our days during Ramzan begin from the time of Suhoor. In order to obtain a tireless and active day, you can add some high nutrition foods in your diet. Following is a list of items you can add on along with their benefits:
It keeps you from feeling thirsty throughout the day!! What more could you ask for? A supremely healthy dairy product that can get you by the hot summer fast without feeling thirsty!! It is often consumed in the form of “lassi”, which is quite frankly the yummiest way to enjoy yogurt.
This food can be consumed in many delicious forms, fitting best to your preference!! A boiled egg consists of only 78 calories but is jam packed with a ton of nutrition, giving you energy and getting you by the day without experiencing hunger pangs.
It can be made with just plain water or cooked in milk. The best way to consume oatmeal is to add milk to it, with a dash of honey and a sprinkle of dry fruits like walnuts and almonds. A complete meal, this oatmeal recipe will make you feel full and energetic throughout the day.
Things to avoid in Suhoor include oily options. This takes away our most favorite parathas!! Since oily foods are so delicious, they tend to make us eat more than the quantity we need. Eating excessively does not keep us feeling full till longer. In fact, it leaves our body requiring more food. Not only that, oily foods result in chest burn and during a fast, one is unable to resolve this issue. Therefore, it is recommended to stick to basics and avoid oily food.
Another very crucial part of Ramzan is the hour of Iftar. By this time, we are starving and thirsty and want to eat just about anything!! Remind yourself!! This month is not about starving or excessive eating, it’s about a controlled lifestyle. How to regain your strength you ask? Keep reading and you will know 😊Add the following foods to your diet and see yourself conquer this blessed month without a single trouble!!
This is the most basic requirement for us during Ramzan. However, we often tend to avoid its significance and start feeling sick and dehydrated by the mid of the month. From Iftar to Suhoor, it is recommended to keep yourself well hydrated. Do not assume other drinks can be a substitute to water as they are often high in artificial sugars. Water in its purest form is the best hydrating agent.
As known by all, this is a sunnah that has been followed by all Muslims during Ramzan to break their fast with khajoor. The reason behind this is that dates are a premium source of natural sugars that instantly stabilize your sugar levels. You can also check the benefits of eating khajoor.
A nutrient dense fruit, watermelon consists of a high amount of vitamins A, B6 and C. It also contains minerals and antioxidants. Most importantly, this fruit is 92% water and therefore facilitates in instantly hydrating your body, along with making you feel fuller. It is therefore, recommended, to break your fast with a khajoor and follow it by a cup of chopped watermelon.
So, we have talked about what to start Iftar with, but the question still stands, how to fulfill your hunger after a long day of fasting? The solution is as simple as adding protein to your diet. Protein can be in the form of seafood, milk, cheese, yogurt, white meat, lean beef and even beans. Enjoy it in whatever form you prefer!
Even though above given options are healthy, one must keep a balance of their carbs as well. It is not prohibited to indulge in the most popular samosas and pakoras. However, limit your intake of such snacks. No harm in having limited portions of snacks. Allow yourself a treat once in a while and have a healthy, happy Ramzan!!
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