COMMON EATING MISTAKES DURING RAMADHAAN

By Jamiatul Ulama Gauteng

1. Drinking “sweet colored drinks” on a daily basis– Why: It contains high amounts of sugar, additives and colorants– Solution: If you have to, drink it twice a week maximum

2. Drinking large amounts of water at iftaar time– Why: Filling the stomach with water is more strenuous to it than with food.– Solution: have a few sips at iftaar then a glass after every two hours.

3. Exercising directly after iftaar.– Why: the body’s blood flow is concentrated around the stomach at that time.– Solution: Exercise after two hours of eating to ease digestion.

4. Chewing and swallowing food fast.– Why: chewing food slowly can speed up digestion and help maintain your weight

5. Having dessert directly after iftaar– Why: they make you drowsy and sleepy– Solution: leave at least a two hour gap between iftaar and dessert to stay fresh and awake for ishaa and taraweeh prayers

6. Consuming foods with high amounts of sodium– Why: Sodium triggers thirst through out the fasting hours of the day

Solution: instead, eat foods that are high in potassium, they retain water and supress your thirst.# Bananas are high in potassium.

A banana at Suhoor time can control your thirst level through out the day.

Best sources of potassium for Suhoor time:

bananas

– milk

– dates

– avocados

– dried peaches

– pistachios

– pumpkin

– peas

– dark chocolate

Worst choices for Suhoor:

– biryani

– kebab

– pizza

– fast food in general

– cheese

– haleem

Best choices for Suhoor:

– potato

– rice

– dates

– whole grain bread

– banana’s

Anis Alam, Consultant Nutritionist and CEO, Biocare Labs Pvt Ltd

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