Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month of Ramadan is a holy time for Muslims around the world, who fast from sunrise to sunset for the entire month. It is important for Muslims to maintain the energy levels and avoid the unhealthy food temptations that come with the month. So here are some tips for you –Muslims - on healthy fasting:
1. Do not skip Suhour (Pre-dawn meal)
Suhour is a vital meal in Ramadan. It gives you strength and energy for the day and can make fasting easier and tolerable. Make sure that the meal is rich in slowly absorbed Carbohydrates such as potatoes, wheat, rice and many vegetables. These type of foods release energy slowly throughout the day, as they take longer to digest and absorb into your bloodstream. This helps to keep you energetic through the day. And also do not forget to drink plenty of water during fasting to reduce the risk of the dehydration, at least 8 glasses distributed in small quantities as recommended by qualified doctors.
2. Get enough sleep
Make sure to get at least eight hours of sleep per night as this helps your body to increase your appetite. You should also take naps during the day. Experts say that you do not need more than a 15-minutes nap to really refresh you. During lunch hour, find a good spot, set the alarm on your smartphone and take a short nap. This can help your body adjust to the daily Ramadan schedule that requires early waking for Suhour. Planning rest well will allow you to make the most of your time in Ramadan.
3. Keep yourself busy
One of the best ways to get through your fast is to distract your mind from thinking about foods, as this sensation can be quite overwhelming. Fasting is not an excuse to not help out in doing work, or to stay in bed all day. So you can distract yourself by doing light activities such as doing chores that you have been avoiding. Then, when it gets about two or three hours before iftar(dinner), help your mother in the kitchen. You will be busy doing a task and you would not notice the time passing. It is not fair to place all the responsibility of preparing food on your mother- help her out!
4. Other tips
Remember to make this Ramadan beneficial for you. Make your Ramadan the month of charity, if you are able, and get in touch with your spiritual side. Use the time to work on your character. And be concerned about the quality of your deeds, not the quantity. All of that will be counted for you. And even if Ramadan is not all you hoped it would be, God the Generous will bless you more than you could have hoped, if God willing.
I hope that you find these tips helpful and probably you could continue fasting not only in the Ramadhan month. Feel free to give you own tips which made you survive this whole month in the comment section below.