Ramadan (also known as Ramadhan or Ramzaan) is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar. It is a period of prayer, fasting, charity-giving and self-accountability for Muslims in the United Kingdom. The first verses of the Koran (Qu’ran) were revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (also written as Mohammad or Muhammed) during the last third of Ramadan, making this an especially holy period.
Muslims all around the globe will be fasting- that means abstaining from food during day light hours. From sunrise to sunset, this could be up to 18hrs without food & water. So, it is important to prepare and plan our meals in order to make sure that we are getting all the right nutrients.
Suhoor or Sehri which is the pre – dawn meal can be as early as 2:30am and will be the most important meal during Ramadhaan as this will determine how your energy will be sustained until Iftar – the evening meal just as the sunsets; this is where you will need to replenish your energy levels. The best way to get through Ramadhaan is to keep your diet simple. Healthy eating is paramount generally but in this holy month special attention should be given.
- Drink plenty of water
- Eat plenty of wholesome foods – brown rice & bread, pulses
- Fruits which are rich in fibre – prevent constipation
- Chicken, Fish and eggs for protein, low fat dairy products
- Vegetables – salads
Foods can be raw, grilled or steamed instead of fried or overcooked. Choose your oil very carefully – I have started cooking with coconut oil as it has many benefits like helps digestion more easily and encourages healthy bones just to name a few.
This could be a good time to look into making smoothies to get your 5 a day.
Apart from doing a normal day’s work, eating the right types of foods, praying at the appropriate times, rest is also important. Not getting enough sleep can also affect your health. So, spend less time in the kitchen by keeping everything simple. I have narrowed my shopping list for the holy month of Ramadhaan and I hope that by the time Ramadhaan ends I will be feeling healthier.
- Organic foods
- Plenty of fruits & Vegetable
- Plenty of water
- Plenty of rest
We are about 35 days away from embarking on this auspicious journey, maybe this is a good time to start making small changes to make a big difference.
Peace to all
Ms Safirah Irani