Written by Alina Hameed and Meher Aamir
As the month of Ramadan approaches, here are tips for those who participate. These tips will help you have a successful Ramadan!
Don’t Skip Suhoor (the pre-dawn meal)
The pre-dawn meal, commonly known as suhoor, is usually eaten 20-25 minutes before the first prayer of the day. If you skip suhoor, you will feel even more hungry throughout the day as you may not have enough energy to pursue your regular activities while fasting. This meal ensures that you have enough nutrients in your body and are able to maintain a healthy lifestyle even while your calorie intake is limited.
Don’t Sleep Throughout The Whole Day
If you are observing Ramadan and fasting, it is important to not sleep through the day because this can lead you to miss your obligatory prayers. Sleeping throughout the day helps avoid the inevitable hunger that comes along with fasting, however, this is a precious time to practice patience and the resistance of temptations. Enduring a long fast alongside worship and other day-to-day tasks is an extremely rewarding experience that all should practice. Long naps that last multiple hours can also disturb your digestive system and negatively impact your health. Instead, power naps that last 10-20 minutes to recharge are encouraged.
Break Your Fast Properly
It is advised that you break your fast by eating a date and staying hydrated as much as possible. This mainly includes water, but can also include juices and milk. It is important to have a well-balanced meal; you can do this by eating meals enriched with nutrients. Fruit salads, chicken salads, soups, spring rolls, rice and protein-filled meals are healthy choices. Providing yourself with ample nutrients during this time ensures that you will have enough energy and sufficient strength to fast the next day. Lastly, during non-fasting hours, you must drink plenty of fluids to make up for the lack of fluids during the day.
Stay Healthily Active
Keep in mind, fasting should not prevent you from pursuing daily activities, such as maintaining a healthy lifestyle by staying active. You can continue to go on walks and bike rides that do not tire you out. If you usually partake in rigorous workouts outside of Ramadan, it is suggested that you work out an hour before breaking your fast, so you can eat and drink soon after. Staying active while fasting helps keep your body on the same schedule it would have been on had you not been fasting.
Recognize and be Thankful for your Blessings
God has blessed you with many resources including food, a roof over your head, a loving family and a supportive community. These are all blessings we tend to overlook in our day-to-day lives. However, while fasting, many not only realize but appreciate how blessed they are to have food on their table and have access to other necessities.