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Eating Healthy During The Ramadan

Tip number 1 don’t break your fast with a feast or you may put on weight instead of losing it. If you are not careful, food eaten during the pre-dawn and dusk meals can cause some weight gain.  When you eat very early in the morning or late at night unhealthy foods such as fried foods then go to sleep this cause’s weight gain.

To maintain a balanced diet those observing the fast should have at least two meals a day – the pre-dawn meal (Suhoor) and a meal at dusk (Iftar).Your food intake should be simple and not differ too much from your normal diet. It should contain foods from all the major food groups such as fruits, vegetables, carbohydrates, proteins and dairy produce.  Complex carbohydrates are foods that help release energy slowly during the long hours of fasting. They are found in foods such as barley, wheat, oats, millet, semolina, beans, lentils, whole meal flour and basmati rice. Fibre-rich foods are also digested slowly and include bran, cereals, whole wheat, grains and seeds, potatoes with the skin on, vegetables such as green beans, and almost all fruit, including apricots, prunes and figs.

Foods to avoid are the fast-burning, heavily processed foods that contain refined carbohydrates like sugar and white flour, as well as fatty foods such as cakes, biscuits, chocolates and sweets. It’s also worth avoiding caffeine-based drinks such as tea, coffee and cola. Caffeine is a diuretic and stimulates faster water loss through urination.

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