Ramadan is a time for prayer, charity, self-reflection and self-control. Not only will your mind and soul be detoxed, but your body will also be detoxed, healed and energised. In order for this to happen, you need to make sure you are eating the right food and drinks and avoiding the bad ones.
In Ramadan, the fast starts with a suhoor meal (pre-dawn meal), do not miss this meal. When fasting hunger and thirst will be your two great challenges, so it is important that you eat the right foods at this time, as it is going to sustain your body for next 12-18hrs. Eating this meal will give you vitality and strength during the day. A balanced and varied suhoor meal from all the essential food groups is the best way to give your body all that it will need during the fasting hours. Following are best food for suhoor.
- Drinking plenty of water is the most important to avoid feeling thirsty while fasting and help you with detoxing your body. You need to drink at least 2litres daily. Avoid high surgery fizzy drinks. So remember water, water and more water.
- Protein will stop you feeling hungry. So eat any of the following, eggs, lentils, cheese or any lean meat.
- Eat complex carbohydrates, this could be bread, rice or pasta, or one plate of wholegrain cereal like oats.
- Some sliced vegetables
- A piece of fruit
- A glass of milk or a yoghurt
Some examples of best food for suhoor are:
- Porridge, I banana and 3 medjool dates
- 2 boiled eggs, 1 wholemeal toast and a homemade smoothie.
- 2 Wheatabix, 3 Medjool dates, some sliced vegetables
- 2 wholemeal toast with peanut butter, 2 scrambled eggs and 1 small yoghurt.