What to Eat During Ramadan for A Healthy and Beautiful You

Post on June 10, 2016 | SOGO
The month of Ramadan is upon us. For those who observe this spiritual month, it means that during the coming weeks you would be abstaining from all food and drinks for up to 13 hours during the day. 

However, this doesn’t mean that you need to subject your health to a poor diet. It is so easy to get caught up with the myriad of foods that’s served in bazaars that will  disturb your health and well-being. The common mistakes that happen during Ramadan - skipping meals or trying to do too many things in one day, which can end up harming your body. Read on to find out how you can breeze through the month in a healthier way.

1.    Don’t Skip Sahur
It is definitely hard to get up so early when you're in dire need of that beauty sleep. However, just like breakfast, sahur is the most important meal of the day. It should never be missed (no matter how sleepy or cranky you are in the morning). Because the fact is, this pre-dawn meal is the only meal that will keep you energised and hydrated throughout the day.

Tip: You need FIBRE every morning. It keeps you full! The best sources of fibre are beans, whole grains like wholemeal bread or pasta, brown rice, nuts and seeds, berries, apples, oatmeals and a whole load of crunchy vegetables.

2.    Limit your daily activities
But of course just because you're fasting, it doesn't mean that all activity should be off limits during the day. However, you do need to take into account of your daily schedule. Know your limits.

If possible try to take a quick nap after Sahur to recharge your energy, especially if you feel particularly lethargic. A light exercise like taking a leisurely walk or cycling is definitely encouraged as well.

3.    Hydrate Partially Through Food
Wondering how you can maintain and keep your skin glowing throughout the month of Ramadan? Gulping down at least 2 Liters of water during Sahur or after Iftar is advisable. Other than that, you can even consume fruits and vegetables that contain more water like watermelon, coconut water, or vegetable soup. Avoid juices; it is full of sugar and causes weight gain.

Tip #1: Substitute fried dishes with grilled ones. The less greasy your food is, the better it will be for your skin. This way, you'll not only achieve a glowing complexion, but also acne-free skin.

Tip #2: Never forget moisturisers, sunscreen and body lotions. They will keep your skin moisturised after taking a bath or washing your face. If possible, use a facial mask once a week as well.

4.    Aim for a balanced meal
Try to incorporate as many nutrients as you can - protein, healthy fats and water but never overstuff yourself.

Tip: If you're pressed for time, scarf a couple of hard boiled eggs, a piece of wholemeal bread and a fruit or vegetable. And always remember to have two glasses of water during Sahur.

By adopting these tips, we're sure that by the time Ramadan month is over, you will feel healthier and beautiful too!

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