Staying Healthy After the Month of Ramadan
Celebrations for Eid are just around the corner and after fasting for one month; many people are bound to crave indulgent foods. However, it is important to exercise some control and not splurge too much. Here are some tips on how best to overcome any cravings and maintain optimal wellbeing post Ramadan.
Healthy habits should stay the same, such as eating breakfast every day. It will help you to control your food during the day, boost your energy, and control your appetite.
Eat frequently, and smaller amounts. Eating small amounts of healthy foods throughout the day sends a signal to your brain that the food supply is plentiful, so it’s okay to burn through those calories quickly.
Limiting your calorie load at a single sitting also gives you lots of energy. Eating too much in one sitting can also make you sluggish and sleepy.
Eat plenty of protein. Eating the right amount of complete proteins for your weight and activity level stabilizes blood sugar (preventing energy lags), enhances concentration, and keeps you lean and strong.
Avoid too much caffeine as it leads to increasing stress levels in the body and could disturb your sleep.
To keep your mind and body humming, pack healthy snacks and share them with your family and friends. Examples are almonds, raw vegetables and hummus, yogurt and berries, fresh and dried fruit, and hard-boiled eggs.
Drink lots of water as the body needs water for virtually all of its functions. Drinking plenty of water will flush your body of toxins, keep your skin fresh, and help you eat less. Believe it or not, many of the unhealthy cravings we experience after Ramadan will be satisfied with a refreshing drink of pure water.
(Credit: Banin Shahine, resident nutrition expert at Fitness First)