With Ramadan upon us, it is important to know how you can stay healthy during the holy month, allowing you to fully focus on the spiritual aspects of this special time of year. That’s where MyBayut comes in! Here is our guide on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle during Ramadan in Dubai.
Tips to maintain a healthy lifestyle during Ramadan in Dubai
Ramadan is a month of spiritual reflection but the blessings of the month are not limited to the realm of spirituality; They extend to tangible material benefits. Fasting combined with healthy eating can help improve metabolism and your overall quality of life. Now that the holy month is near, learn how you can ensure a healthy lifestyle during Ramadan in Dubai
Don’t give up on Suhoor
Suhoor is the most important meal of the day so don’t skip it. Eat foods that help keep your blood sugar stable and keep you feeling full for most of the day. This will help you to refill your energy. You can go for the following items in your morning meal.
Drinking enough water is very important to maintain a healthy lifestyle during Ramadan. Drink at least eight to 12 glasses of water from Iftar to Suhoor. In addition to drinking, you can also get water from other sources such as vegetables and fruits. There are many fruits and vegetables that have high water content and can help you stay hydrated during the day. These include watermelons, strawberries, pineapples, oranges, raspberries and cucumbers.
Watermelon and strawberries can make you feel refreshed and refreshed, thus maintaining your blood sugar level. With 87% water, pineapple can help you with digestion and detoxification. Also containing 87% water, oranges can restore fluid levels in your body.
Similarly, fiber-rich raspberries can keep your digestion in check. You can either eat it or use it to make a refreshing raspberry smoothie and refresh yourself. With a high water content, up to 96%, cucumber is the best of them all. It not only keeps your body hydrated but also enriches it with Vitamin C.
Never break your fast with fried food
It’s common to break your fast with fatty foods, but it won’t help you. Fried foods like chicken wings, fried chicken, dumplings, fritters, spring rolls and samosas taste great on the iftar table but cause many digestive issues.
For example, if these foods are not digested properly, it can cause bloating or diarrhea. Thus, make sure you avoid eating them excessively and (not just) during Ramadan. This type of food is high in trans fat, so consuming too much can increase the risk of many health problems like diabetes, obesity and many chronic heart disorders.
Reduce The Intake Of Caffeinated Drinks
Caffeine is a diuretic, which means it can increase fluid loss and thirst during Ramadan. Avoid tea, coffee and carbonated drinks during the holy month as they can cause trouble for you. There are healthy alternatives to these drinks that you can try during Ramadan, such as green tea, lemonade, wheatgrass juice, smoothies and ginseng tea.
With less caffeine than regular coffee, green tea not only leaves you feeling refreshed but also gives you that much needed boost. Similarly, drinking lemon water maintains the pH balance in your body. Wheatgrass juice is another drink that you can have during Ramadan as it is enriched with essential nutrients and minerals.
Take Soup During Iftar
Soups are very beneficial for your body. Try adding vegetables to soups to make them more delicious as well as nutritious. You can add carrots, bell peppers, eggplant, zucchini, spinach and pumpkin to your soup. And if you want them to be even healthier, you can also use fresh herbs.
What are the best soups to make during Ramadan?
You can try the paleo-friendly Lemon Lentil Green, Chicken Tortilla or Mushroom, Walnut and Chestnut Soup.
Which is the best soup for old people?
For those who are elderly but determined to observe a fast during Ramadan, tomato basil soup with grilled cheese and tomatoes and asparagus soup made with chicken broth and asparagus would be perfect for them.
Are there any vegetarian soup alternatives that one can try during Ramadan?
Roasted cauliflower and cream of broccoli soup are two of the most common vegetarian soup options that you can try while preparing an iftar meal in Dubai.
Cut sugars and processed foods
Avoid sugary and processed foods such as salty snacks, sausages, cakes, biscuits, tinned vegetables or prepared meals. Nutrients are less in them, so by consuming them in Iftar, you will do great harm to your body.
Eat fresh and dried fruits like strawberries, bananas, cranberries and apricots instead of sweet foods. And if you’re making a dessert, add sugar-free apple sauce instead of sugar. The same goes for processed foods. Replace potato chips with potatoes and eat fried tofu and tempeh instead of chicken nuggets at Iftar.
There are also some people who like to eat chicken sandwiches filled with mayonnaise in large quantities during Ramadan. A healthy eating Ramadan tip is to replace mayonnaise with hummus.
Eat fruits and vegetables every day
Eat more and more fruits and vegetables during Iftar and Suhoor. During Suhoor, eat vegetables and fruits that keep you hydrated, whereas in Iftar you can have any type of fruits and vegetables, regardless of the water content in them.
You can also have them in different forms to diversify your meal. For example, you can either make a fruit salad or have a fruit juice. You can also have a mixed vegetable salad or enjoy leafy raw vegetables with cooked chicken.
Most of the time it is not dehydration or lack of sleep that makes you feel tired but the fact that you have not rested for enough time. Thus, it is better to take proper rest and maintain a proper sleep schedule during Ramadan. We recommend you take a quick nap before iftar so that you feel refreshed when you wake up. Make sure you go to bed early too, so that you can wake up on time for suhoor.
One of the best ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle during Ramadan is to work at a time when your energy levels are at their best, such as after iftar.
Start your exercise two to three hours after iftar so that your body gets enough time to digest the food properly. Try yoga, strength training and cardio at home. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water after exercise.
Are there any specific foods to eat during Ramadan?
For suhoor, try oatmeal with a low-fat smoothie made from any fruit or have lentil soup. Baked fish with brown rice, baked falafel served with pita bread, hummus and fattoush salad would be a good choice for iftar. If you are fond of chicken, then you can also try chicken with chickpeas and fried vegetables in Iftar.
Are there any healthy Ramadan snacks you can enjoy?
You can make beetroot cutlets, prawn tempura and corn and potato kebabs.
What are some tips to make healthy smoothies for Ramadan?
If you want to start the day in a healthy way then you can make mango, banana, chocolate and vanilla smoothie.