Fasting Tips

Shereen Shabnam

 

Fasting during the month of Ramadan is about changing your life for the better physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. This happens by being conscious about why you fast as well. Most people fast to know the feeling of hunger amongst the unfortunate, some to lose weight while others to feel spiritual.

You get the maximum healing benefits during your fast so plan ahead before fasting and make an appointment with your healthcare provider to create a customized plan that you can safely follow if you want to get the most out of fasting during this holy month. 

Stay Hydrated overnight

You need water to live, so plan to drink enough water between suhoor and iftar depending on your activity level, body size, and environment. Be sure your urine is the color of light lemonade. Darker urine means you are not drinking enough.

Do mild exercise and go for Walks 

Light exercise before iftar helps in clearing the mind and keeps you from thinking about food. It is perfect to get the circulation going as well before iftar and during prayers after iftar. You can also read or meditate on days when you do not have the energy to exercise.

Don’t Break Fasts With a Feast

One mistake people make is having a large meal after a full day of not having a meal. Over time, the stomach gets smaller so it is better to gradually have smaller portions during iftar.

Eat Enough Protein and Whole Foods 

It is common to gravitate towards fried and heavy food end of day but the best option is to have a more balanced meal with enough protein and health food items both for suhoor and iftar.

Consider Supplements

If you find that just having two meals a day is not giving you enough variety or nourishment, opt for some multivitamins or supplements that are lacking in your diet.

 

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