Tuesday, August 25, 2009


Healthy Eating During the Month of Ramadan

The holy month of Ramadan should not be a time when we toss our healthy-eating habits out the window. After a long day of fasting, one can still enjoy delicious meals prepared with the principles of ‘good nutrition’ in mind.

Tips to avoid weight gain and stay healthy in Ramadan:

  • Try to avoid breaking fast with a large meal.
  • Break your fast with a fresh juice, dates and soup for example, and about an hour or two later, proceed to the main meal.
  • Eat slowly and avoid losing yourself while eating with friends and family and not realizing that you are FULL.
  • Avoid sugary drinks and juices or consume them in moderation.
  • Don’t stop your daily activities during this month. Keep exercising, keep moving.
  • Avoid the over consumption of fried foods and rich sweets which are generally served at this time.
  • Don’t forget to drink plenty of water.

Common discomforts during the month of Ramadan include: Constipation, indigestion, bloating and heartburn. To avoid such problems:-

  • Drink at least 1.5 litres of water from iftar until Suhoor
  • Even if you don’t like to eat at Suhoor, try to wake up to drink some water
  • Increase your fiber intake daily. Eat a plate of salad and fruits every day
  • It is best to break up the Iftar meal into two parts. Part 1.Soup and salad Part 2. the main meal a little while later.
  • Avoid soft drinks as they will slow down the digestion process (and cause further bloating / constipation)
  • Fried foods are the main cause of heart burn
  • Drink more herbal teas to aid in digestion (such as chamomile or mint tea)
  • Go for a walk to help your body digest.

By: Dr. Suzan Terzian Sha
Clinical Nutritionist & Consultant (Founder of Health 4 Life)

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