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Tips for a heathier Ramadan

Tips for a heathier Ramadan

We believe the Holy Month of Ramadan is both a spiritual and physical cleansing month, the lighter the body the freer the spirit!

In terms of health, the right way to approach Ramadan is to let the body cleanse what it has unnecessarily accumulated in the past months. Proper hydration and allowing the size of the stomach to decrease with controlled portions and limited oil can help you reset your body for the coming year.

Ramadan is also a time to remember how strong your will is for resisting temptation, unnecessary snacking and undoing non-beneficial food habits, again, to set the stage for a more moderate food approach for the year ahead.

1. For proper hydration: try to have 1 glass of water every half an hour during the non-fasting hours until you sleep and 2 cups of water additionally if you wake up for Suhoor. Do not add salt to the food and keep caffeine to a minimum.

2. To break your fast: begin with 3 dates to help restore blood sugar moderately. Begin with 2 glasses of water to help restore hydration.Have 2 cups of non-creamy soup to further allow rehydration and to fill your stomach. Proceed with 1.5 cups of salad (with minimal oil). Wait twenty minutes before proceeding with the main dish to avoid expanding your stomach.

3. To minimize unnecessary calories: avoid sugary drinks like Jellab and instead opt for water, fresh juice without added sugar and herbal teas. Soups should be broth based. Salads should contain only one teaspoon oil per person. Main dishes can be prepared healthy, like grilling or baking, even if for Iftar, to ensure you are receiving the nutrients without the weight. Try to bake or grill your appetizers rather than frying. Try filling up your plate only once and make sure the plate is balanced with all the food groups of carbohydrates, proteins and vegetables. Enjoy refreshing hydrating fruits for dessert rather than sweets and if you really must have a sweet, only choose one.

4. Tips for a healthy Suhoor: Avoid salty items to decrease your thirst during the day. Make sure you have completed at least your 8 glasses of water since Iftar. Choose whole grain carbohydrates for sustained energy release. Try to include protein to help you feel full (milk, yogurt, cheese, labne, fool, hommos).

5. Most importantly, remember you do not need to overeat to ensure your body has energy! Stop when you are beginning to feel full to encourage your body to cleanse itself of unnecessary storage. Do not eat the whole Iftar meal at once. Take twenty minute pauses between the various items to avoid stretching your stomach, causing you to need more food to feel full even after Ramadan!

On another note, we are thrilled to be offering a Ramadan Iftar Meal which includes, Dates, Appetizer, Soup/Starter, Main Dish, Dessert and Suhoor. Plus we offer frozen appetizers and healthier versions of the Ramadan Desserts to share with your friends and family. Be sure to follow us on Facebook at Eat Diet Club and Instagram (eatdietclub) to stay posted to our Ramadan Menu and Items to Order soon! For any questions please email me at


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