How to stay healthy during Ramadan

It’s important to maintain a good diet and stay healthy during Ramadan even if you are going without food for long hours, that does not mean you should consume unhealthy and oily foods with no nutritional value once you break your fast.

 

Here are some important tips on sticking to a healthy lifestyle during Ramadan:

 

Never skip Suhoor: We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Similarly, Suhoor is as important during Ramadan. The pre-dawn meal ensures that your body stays hydrated and has enough energy and nutrients until your Iftar meal.

Include fruits and vegetables in your diet: Fruits and vegetables are a great addition to include as a snack as a healthy option as opposed to pastries and sweets. Some fruits have a high water content and these can help keep you hydrated.

Don’t overindulge when breaking fast: It is understandable that you would be tempted to over indulge yourself during Iftar. But it is advisable to begin your meal with some fruits, preferably dates and a few sips of water. Dates are rich in nutrients and are a great source of energy for your body. When you begin your meal, make sure you include a bowl of soup to help you digest your food.

Drink enough water: On average, a person must drink at least 8-12 glasses of water daily. Make sure you drink fluids for hydration from Iftar to Suhoor. Avoid sugary drinks and though fruit juice and milk are healthy, a glass of water is the best choice.

Avoid deep fried foods: Try to avoid fried foods or ensure you don’t add excessive oil when cooking. If frying cannot be avoided, make sure you use oil wisely. You could use oil that has monounsaturated fats for cooking.

Avoid heavy workouts: It’s better to avoid working out until your fasting hours are done. If you need to workout, it’s better to do it after Iftar.