Muslims across the world will observe Ramadan 2019 by fasting for 29 or 30 days, depending on the Islamic lunar calendar. Fasting begins with pre-dawn meals called Sehri and ends at evening with Iftaar during which they break their fast by eating dates or Dabino followed by a wide range of other delicacies. The following tips are fundamental for maintaining a balanced diet during this Ramadan period.
ALWAYS STAY HYDRATED
Include water, fruit or vegetable juice and smoothies as a must fluid intake. For sehri, consuming a bowl of curd without sugar will store enough water in your body for hours ensuring and maintaining a high hydration level.
SUPPORT YOUR BODY WITH CARBOHYDRATES AND PROTEINS
Let the pre-dawn meal, also known as sehri, be light and filled with carbohydrates. Eat whole wheat bread, oat cereal and porridge. Adding protein-rich food like non-salty cheese, eggs and other dairy item is also a healthy choice too.
PUT IN CONSIDERATION FRUITS AND VEGGIES
During this period, one needs to keep away from preservatives or sweet syrup for seasonal fruits like watermelon and muskmelon. Try adding a vegetable salad of cucumber, tomato, mint and fruit salad at iftaar table.
ALWAYS GO FOR DATES OR SUPER FOODS
Date or commonly called Dabino is the undisputed super food. The super food has the property of enriching your body with sufficient fibre, sugar and magnesium. Olive and bananas are two other super foods to give you a healthy and balanced diet.
GO EASY ON SUGAR AND OIL
Make sure you are reaping full health benefits of a balanced diet this Ramadan with a close check on things to avoid. Intake of fried food or excessive sweet dishes or sugar has to be kept in check. Avoid overeating. Practice eating slowly and in small chunks.
Finally, nourish the two health points of Ramadan Sehri and Iftaar by consuming right groups of food as aforementioned above to replenish your energy.
I, Oduigwe Chidera Dok, wish all Muslim brothers and Sisters around the world, a wonderful Ramadan 2019.