Healthy Eating in Ramadan

We hope everyone is having a great Ramadan so far, and is steering clear from deep-fried goodies and sugary treats! A healthy and balanced diet is an important part of our diet, and it becomes especially essential in Ramadan. Many nutritionists and doctors agree that is possible to lose and/or maintain your weight in Ramadan by following a disciplined diet and being active, as opposed to the common notion that people tend to gain weight from not eating until the sunset. There are many resources online that explain how to eat healthy and sensibly in Ramadan.

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Dr. O, a blogger at Muslim Medicine, offers a humorous yet ruthless take on how Muslims turn iftar and suhur into lavish feasts as a reward for their fasting in his post, “5-Step Guide to Healthy Ramadan Weight Loss.”

“Think of Ramadan as the intense P90X workout routine for your īmān – in just 30 days your īmān will have abs of steel and pecs so tough that it’ll make Shayṭān feel like a fat little chubby kid trying to tempt you when he finally pays his bail and gets let out of jail on probation after ‘Īd al-Fiṭr,” he writes. “But that’s ONLY if you’re willing to go the extra mile and give your īmān that workout that it so desperately needs this month!”

One of his tips is to stop “speed-eating” at suhur. Now how many of us are guilty of doing that? It is not easy, but with proper planning and a strict diet plan, we can reap the full health benefits of Ramadan.

It is not only important to pay attention to our physical health in Ramadan, but it is also necessary to take care of our spiritual and emotional health. Shireen Ahmed in her article,“Four Tips for a Healthy and Well Muslimah,” outlines a wellness program for women to take care of themselves.  Ahmed says that is important to balance our lives to understand the needs of our body. “Food, exercise, and emotional and spiritual self-care play important roles in how our bodies are managed,” she says. 

One of the most important healthy eating rules is not to eat carbs in the evening because they can pack on pounds, but according to a new study that is said to be “inspired” by Ramadan, it is actually beneficial to eat carbs at night. An article by the Daily Mail reports that researchers at Hebrew University based their study on Muslims during Ramadan and found out that a diet rich in carbohydrates, such as bread, rice, beans and wholegrain pasta, taken in the evening can reduce the risk of diabetes and heart diseases. 

“The diet led to lower hunger scores, as well as better weight, abdominal circumference and body fat outcomes compared to the control group.

The experimental dieters also recorded improvements in their blood sugar, blood lipids and inflammatory levels,” reports the article.

Indeed Ramadan embodies many spiritual and communal benefits, however it also comes with great health rewards. It is incredible to see non-Muslims take notice of the healthy effects of Ramadan and encouraging others to seek guidance from a regimen prescribed by Islam. Have you tried a healthier eating approach this Ramadan? Share it with us by commenting below! 

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