These types of food will do nothing in the way of nutrition, and you could end up gaining weight during Ramadan. Instead, save the sweet treats for the Eid ul-Fitr celebrations at the end of the fast.
Try and stick to foods like soup, eggs, and beans. You should also drink copious amounts of water to get your hydration levels back up.
Suhur is the meal that is eaten before the sun rises, and it is this that will tide you over throughout the day. With this in mind, it’s vital that you’re aware of healthy foods to eat Suhur, and it’s even more important that you don’t skip it. It’s understandable that you may be tired, especially in summer when Suhur needs to be eaten before 5 am, but if you fail to eat this meal, you will find that your body struggles massively during the day until you get to Iftar.
Oats, eggs, cereals, yoghurt, wholegrain bread, fruit, and nuts are all great foods to eat at Suhur. They’re healthy and fibrous, but they’re also slow-releasing and filling, giving you the nutrients you need to go about your day.
It’s a good idea to avoid caffeine at this time, even if you normally have a cup of coffee with your breakfast, as this can make you feel hungrier and thirstier during the day. Instead, drink lots of water to provide your body with enough hydration to keep you going.
If you make healthy decisions for mealtimes during Ramadan, there will be no negative side effects on your body.
Top Ramadan Nutrition Tips
To help you through Ramadan in the healthiest way possible, here are some top nutrition and eating tips you can take on board:
- Don’t overeat at Iftar – eat slowly
- Eat foods rich in water e.g., soup and yoghurt
- Avoid salty foods – they will make you thirsty throughout the day
- Limit the amount of unhealthy/junk food you eat
- Drink primarily water
- Eat colourful fruit and vegetables
- Go for a light walk after Iftar to aid digestion
These fasting tips for Ramadan should help you see Ramadan through in a healthy manner. Of course, if you find that you feel dizzy during the day, or if you feel light-headed,faint, or fall ill, make sure you drink water immediately. Observing the Ramadan fast is important, but Allah (SWT) always has your best interests in mind and requires you to do whatever you need to remain in good health. If you do experience severe dehydration, you may pay Fidya to make up for the broken fast.
The team at ILM wishes you a happy and healthy Ramadan and may Allah (SWT) bless you for your efforts.