7 Tips For A Healthier Ramadan
SoundVision Staff Writer
The Prophet Muhammad, peace and
blessings be upon him, highly recommend eating this pre-dawn meal before a day
of fasting. While you may want to pass to catch some more sleep, remember that
you can always take a catnap while you're fasting, but you won't be able to
eat or drink. To make it easier, set out utensils and dry food on the table
before going to bed so you can quickly eat and go back to sleep after Suhur.
Limit fat intake
That's right, limit it, don't
cut it out. Otherwise, you'll have to get rid of what's considered
"traditional" Iftar food in most Muslim cultures. If you're not sure what kind
of food is being referred to, think fried, greasy and/or super sweet.
Follow the Prophet's golden rule of one-third
This especially needs to be said in Ramadan. We should strive to have no more
than one-third food, one-third liquid and one-third air in our stomachs when
Fruits and vegetables get
left to the wayside during regular days, let alone at Iftar time. But you can
whip out those carrot sticks if you've got some tasty dips to eat them with.
Check out some healthy recipes.
Walk after Iftar
Before you fall over from
exhaustion after Iftar and dinner, take a short walk around the block or just
around your building. The change of environment and exposure to fresh air may
just wake you up in time to go for the next activity listed below.
More great exercise, not to
mention a wonderful way to build concentration, stamina and
Take a short afternoon nap
Experts say you
don't need more than a 15-minute siesta to really refresh you. During lunch
hour, find a quiet spot, set the alarm on your watch/cell phone and nap. This
can help your body adjust to the daily Ramadan schedule that requires early
waking for Suhur.