Shabana’s Tried & Tested Tips Fasting Tips for Ramadan
As it is nearly that time of year again, I thought I would share some useful tips on effectively fasting in Ramadan.
When done correctly, fasting can improve your health and well being and the most effective way of doing this is by making a few lifestyle changes.
The start of your day
Sehri is the most important meal of the day but can also be the hardest as most of us are not used to eating this early.
Try to drink 2 glasses of water and include some fibre, protein and healthy fats in your breakfast. Slow energy release foods are the best type of breakfast you can have to keep you going through the day. Dates are slow release and high in natural sugars so make a good contribution to breakfasts.
It can be hard to find the right balance of what to eat but the key is to plan your meals in advance and do as much preparation as possible. I make smoothie packs for the freezer that include some of the key nutrients needed. I change these daily so I don’t get bored and my favourite is watermelon, Greek yoghurt (protein), apples (fibre) and banana.
Another simple breakfast of mine is 2 hard boiled eggs on toasted brown bread with a piece of fruit.
It is also important to replenish your energy levels at iftar time by not going crazy on the samosas (this is hard for us all I know).
Again, dates are an excellent way to begin iftar and a good source of fibre. Try to have a good balance of vegetables, grilled or baked meat, skinless chicken and fish. In general, try and avoid fried and processed foods that are high in fat and sugar.
We also crave a lot of sugary things in this month and a good tip to satisfy this craving is to eat watermelon after your meal as a sweet treat.
I still try and have my 3 meals whilst fasting. The third meal is usually a very light snack of two pieces of toast with a cup of tea after Isha Namaz. I appreciate this may not be possible for everyone depending on what your palette is used to. Also, I try and drink plenty of water in between my iftari and sehri to stay hydrated.
If you are a tea/coffee junkie like me, it would be a good idea to start to reduce your daily intake now. This will train your body and avoid those headaches in the first few days. The aim is to try and get down to one cup in the morning with your breakfast and one in the evening.
My last tip is for all of us who work as normal.
Power naps rock!! I always try to have at least an hours nap after work in the early evening.
If you are diabetic or are taking any regular medication, it is always worthwhile contacting your doctor as fasting may make you ill.
The main thing to remember is this Holy month is a time for us all to practice self-control, self-discipline and empathy for those less fortunate than us.
Let this Ramadan be a great one for us all inshallah 🙂