The holy month of Ramadan is here and many temptations come with it. However, this is the perfect opportunity to embark on a healthy eating program. It is possible to maintain health, lose weight, and still enjoy the tasty foods associated with this month.
Your body has been fasting for several hours without any liquids or solids. Therefore the first thing that needs to be consumed is a food rich in energy, gentle on the stomach, and easy to digest. The ideal food would be dates.
In this case it is best to follow the Sunna of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) and break your fast with 3 dates.
Dates: The nutritious treasures of the East
- They are rich in minerals such iron, zinc, potassium, calcium and magnesium. All of which are essential in restoring and replenishing electrolyte and mineral balance in your body after a fast.
- They are a high glycemic index food (GI 103). This basically means that they have an immediate boosting effect on your blood glucose levels. After a fast your blood sugars are very low, high GI foods will immediately raise your blood sugar levels back to normal, re-energizing your brain and body.
Follow your dates with water & a slight squeeze of lemon to fully replenish your body’s fluid, electrolyte and mineral balance.
The secret to maintaining or losing weight during Ramadan? Work with and not against your basal metabolic rate! Eat more variety but less quantity.