Healthy Habits For Fasting

Are you and your family observing Ramadan fasts this year? If so, then it’s even more important to eat clean and healthy during mealtimes, especially if the kids are also joining in! Not eating food or drinking water throughout the day can definitely make you tired and sluggish because your body isn’t getting the nutrients it needs on time.

For a healthier and happier fasting experience, we’ve collected some easy tips:

Stay hydrated

Drink plenty of water when you break your fast and throughout the night. Avoid dehydration by staying away from salty foods – fill up on fresh fruits with high water content instead (think melons and citrus fruits). Tip: Keep a water bottle next to your bed for easy access.

Eat a balanced pre-sunrise meal

It’s tiring to get up at 4am to eat, but try to eat a balanced meal (also known as suhoor/sehri) that can give you energy throughout the day. Include foods from different food groups, like whole grains, proteins, and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Try to avoid fried foods

Many of the most delicious cultural Ramadan treats are high in fats, sugars, and salt (sambusas, pakoras, or atayef anyone?). Try to avoid or limit these treats; your body needs good nourishment during the time you can eat.

Be aware of portion size

After a full day without food, it’s natural to want to eat everything in sight! Don’t go overboard with dinner – eating mindfully gives you more energy than eating huge amounts at a time.

Keep moving and stay active

It’s hard to stay active while you’re fasting, but try to go for small walks during the day or work out in the evening after dinner. Avoid high-intensity workouts during the day but stay active to keep your energy up!    

Tips adapted from Cornell University.

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