Ramzan, or Ramadan, is one of the most important festivals in the world with over 2 billion people celebrating the pious occasion. But, as you fast through the day and commit to the spiritual journey, it is also important to follow healthy measures during the post-fasting period. Most people have the misconception that fasting through the day can compensate for the heavy feast during the night. This is however not the case as you’ll see in the following post. Here, we tell you what you shouldn’t be doing during the month of Ramzan:

  1. Eating large amount of processed food

Processed foods are convenient but most of them are usually unhealthy as they contain high-fructose corn syrup, sodium, oils and MSG (to enhance flavour). Junk foods are devoid of nutrients and will do nothing for you. Stock up on fruits, vegetables and nuts, and focus on getting all your food groups.Eating too much processed food

  1. Drinking Roohafza on a daily basis

Roohafza or other rose-flavoured drinks may seem to provide your parched palate with some respite during Iftaar but they exact a heavy price on your body. High in sugar, additives and colourants, this sharbat doesn’t provide your body with the nutrients it needs when you are fasting. If you must drink it, limit consumption to twice a week.

  1. Guzzling large amounts of water at Iftaar time

Coming after an entire day of fasting, too much water too soon may completely fill up the stomach and be more strenuous than simple food can be. We recommend having a few sips of water at Iftaar and then ensuring you have a glassful every two hours. large amounts of water

  1. Chewing and swallowing food too fast

It’s natural to want to eat as fast as you can when you’re very hungry, but slowing down can help. Research has shown that eating slowly and mindfully helps you eat less, aids the digestion process and enhances the pleasure of the food. It can also help you maintain your weight.

  1. Consuming foods high in sodium

They may seem to be flavourful but foods rich in sodium – salty snacks, salted nuts and seeds, chips, pickles and papads – triggers thirst through the fasting hours of the day. Instead, eat foods that are high in potassium as they retain water and help suppress your thirst. Try bananas, milk, pistachios, pumpkin, peas and dark chocolate.banana milk, chocolate

  1. Exercising directly after Iftaar

Most people who are keen to pursue their fitness even during the month of fasting often schedule their exercise sessions immediately after their evening meal. However, this should be avoided as the body’s blood flow is concentrated around the stomach at that time and exercising may affect the digestive process. Instead, exercise two hours after your meal.

  1. Having dessert directly after Iftaar

Iftar is the evening meal when Muslims end their daily Ramzan fast at sunset. Most people end their meal with a sweet treat, be it kheer, phirni or halwa. However, ending a heavy meal with a heavy dessert can make you drowsy. Save the dessert for later and enjoy it two hours after Iftaar to stay fresh and awake for Ishaa and Taraweeh prayers.Having dessert directly after Iftaar

Keep in mind that maintaining your usual daily activity level during Ramzan is recommended, but do avoid the sun and heat.

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Written by Ayesha Kauser

Ayesha Kauser

Ayesha Kauser believes, isn’t a quick-fix solution to good health. It needs to be a long-term habit. Ayesha’s interest in food science led her to take up nutritional studies, and she obtained Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Food Science and Nutrition from Mount Carmel College. Healthy living refers to the practice of health-enhancing behaviour that is consistent with supporting, improving and maintaining one’s ideal weight, Ayesha says. Setting personal goals such as a healthy diet, regular exercise and adequate sleep can optimise good health and prevent lifestyle diseases. When it comes to nutrition, Ayesha believes what Hippocrates said: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” A healthy life goes hand in hand with real food – not fad diets, magic pills or portion sizes, she says. She advocates building a healthy relationship with wholesome foods to avoid the concept of restrictive diets.

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