At Suhoor, it is important to eat food rich in carbohydrates and protein, fruits or vegetables, and plenty of water. Do not over eat…..
Do your best to stay indoors between 11am-4pm and limit your daytime physical activity….
Break your fast with dates and either milk, water or fruit juice before going to Maghrib Prayer…
Resist the temptation to feast! After Maghrib Prayer, bring your fluids and blood sugar level up without overdoing it so enjoy a light starter such as soup and crackers…
Have your MAIN meal about an hour after Maghrib Prayer. The meal should be healthy and balanced with a few glasses of water (remember, don’t overeat!)…
Resist the temptation to drink tea, coffee and fizzy drinks. When visiting friends or family, ask for glasses of water…
Don’t be tempted by chocolate and candy for dessert, fresh fruit and nuts are in plentiful supply this time of year…
Keep hydrated throughout the evening. The target is eight glasses of water or two big bottles by bedtime…
Don’t be lazy! Light exercise, such as a 15-20 minute walk, each evening will make a huge difference to your well being…
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Water is vital throughout the evening and if you don’t like water, squeeze some lemon in for flavour
Caffeine makes you more dehydrated, so avoid coffee, tea and Cola!
Taking Multi-vitamins can help you boost your body after fasting but consult a health expert first
Avoid sugar! Sugar-loaded food and drink means a spike in blood-sugar levels and then a crash.
Don’t forget to chew your food. When we are hungry we tend to eat too quickly. Take your time and chew every mouthful slowly
Avoid indigestion by taking your time eating and not indulging in many varieties of food in one meal
Soups are a very important part of the Iftar table. They are warm and easy on the stomach and provide the body with some fluids and minerals
Remember to include salads at every Iftar. Prepare salads rich in vegetables of different colours. The more colour the more beneficial vitamins and minerals.
Try to avoid fried food and instead prepare baked pastries or steamed vegetables
A well-balanced Suhoor that provides the right nutrients can reduce the effects of fasting such as laziness, headaches, fatigue, hunger and discomfort
If you suffer from heartburn after iftar, avoid fried foods and high fat foods
If you break your fast with a big feast you may find that you actually put on weight during the Holy Month
Avoid the excessive use of oil to cook foods during the Holy Month
Avoid deep fried, high sugar and high fat foods
Dates are not just traditional, they are vital and provide a burst of energy to break the fast
Diabetics should consult a health professional before fasting and those who need insulin to control diabetes should not fast
If you take regular medication, consult with your doctor about arrangements for fasting or not
Kick the bad habits! There is no better time than Ramadan to quit smoking and cut out the junk food, candy and chocolates
Chicken or fish is widely recommended to be had with the main evening meal
Make it a family celebration and enjoy evenings with those that are important to your lives