Fasting for more than 15 hours during the holy month might prove to be a bit of a challenge when it comes to managing our dietary patterns & lifestyle. The spirit of sharing during Ramadan is very much alive that eating together has become all too familiar. Undeniably there is an abundance of food everywhere as the season becomes a perfect time for social & family gatherings, especially over Iftar and Suhour buffets. With that said, it is important for us to know that over-indulging in food, especially sweets, might result in a major weight gain and in turn, it becomes all the more difficult to control expanding waistlines post this period of time.
Here are Right Bite’s top 10 tips for a healthy fasting:
1. Always try to have two well-balanced and nutritious meals (Iftar and Suhour) with healthy snacks in between.
2. Avoid over-eating for Iftar and Suhour as this may lead to indigestion and weight gain.
3. When dining in restaurants, try to opt for more seated meals instead of buffets as this will help you control the quantities that you are having.
4. Break your fast with dried fruits, such as dates and dried figs, in order to restore your blood sugar levels.
5. Opt for foods high in fibers, such as whole-grain products, instead of simple carbohydrates like white bread. Fiber is known to delay absorption of sugar, thus keeping you full and more energetic throughout the day.
6. Include a source of low-fat dairy product, such as milk or yogurt, for both Iftar and Suhour as they are considered rich sources of calcium. Additionally, they also help in delaying the absorption of sugar thus keeping you full for longer period of time.
7. Try to replace your dessert with fresh fruits. Choose baked sweets such as baked ‘atayef’ instead of fried. Go easy on the syrup (not more than 1-teaspoon)!
8. Remember to drink enough water – at least 8 cups to prevent dehydration, unless otherwise advised by your physician. Avoid drinks with high sugar content, such as Jellab, juices and soft drinks.
9. Avoid caffeinated beverages, such as coffee or tea, as they are considered diuretics and might dehydrate you even more. To avoid headaches and mood swings, decrease caffeine gradually, 3 -4 days before Ramadan, and try to replace caffeinated beverages with herbal teas, such as chamomile tea.
10. After seeking your physician’s advice, try to exercise at least three times a week.
For this special month, Right Bite, best known for its gourmet healthy meal plans, offers a Ramadan Package to help you achieve a healthy and safe Ramadan fasting. As with their regular programs, the Ramadan Package is also customized according to a customer’s dietary requirements to ensure the same maximum health benefits.
The Right Bite Nutrition Centre is located in the heart of Dubai, with telephone numbers +971 4 3388763 and +971 4 3425208.