The Holy Month of Ramadan is approaching and it’s time to make a few lifestyle changes to stay healthy while fasting during the long summer days. Learn how to ensure adequate nutrition and maintain good health during the Holy Month by following this easy tips.
It is preferable to break your fast with dates and water or milk and wait for a bit to have a full meal after this.
For Iftar, try and avoid heavy foods that will make you feel uncomfortable and bloated, and focus on proteins, lean meats, vegetables and fruits.
Make sure you get a good intake of carbs such as pasta or rice.
For your Suhoor meal, you can also include eggs to avoid hunger feelings during the day.
Get plenty of sleep
Getting up before sunrise for Suhoor and staying up late for an Iftar with family will affect your sleep patterns and disrupt your recommended 8 hours continuous sleep time.
To avoid being constantly tired, make sure you get quality sleep before midnight every night, and avoid over eating right before going to sleep.
It is advised to have a 30 minutes power nap during the afternoon if you can, as it will help you last throughout the whole day.
There’s no need to binge eat at Iftar, even after a whole day fasting.
During Ramadan, you can still eat your three meals a day: one during Suhoor, one small meal breaking your fast at Iftar, and another meal a few hours after breaking your fast.
Make sure you stock up on healthy and filling food for Iftar, especially if you cook for the whole family.
You can convert the freezer part of your Twin Cooling Plus Refrigerator to a fridge to preserve more food fresher and always be ready for the next Iftar meal.
The Twin Cooling Plus technology maintains up to 70% moisture which keeps food crispy and fresh longer, so you can stock up without having food go bad too quick!
Take care of yourself
A healthy person can fast for some time without having any problem, however some people need to be more careful.
Pregnant women, young kids and people having health issues do not have to fast during the Holy Month of Ramadan. Diabetic people must make sure to adapt their injections according to their new meal schedule, to avoid hypoglycemia.
Fitness addicts must make sure to slow down or work out later at night to avoid any issue.
Being hydrated is primordial to function properly, even more so during a fasting period. Make sure you drink plenty of water when you break your fast during Iftar and right before starting fasting again.
Try and avoid coffee, as its diuretic properties will dehydrate you more.
Make sure you don’t drink water too fast as it tends to cut your appetite.
It is advised to drink at least 1.5 to 2 litres of water each day.
Avoid the sun
This year again, the Holy Month falls during the hotter months of the year.
Try and avoid being outside in the sun during Ramadan, as it will get you dehydrated and weak quicker.
Make sure you stay in the shade or inside whenever possible.