The Holy month of Ramadan bears distinction like no other month. Not just because of it’s religious significance, but because of the fact that this month is one of the most effective ways to practice self-control, self-restraint, and self-accountability. We spend as much as a whole month fasting where we keep ourselves from eating, drinking, and indulging in activities that are forbidden by Islam.
Regardless to say, fasting isn’t just a way to purify our souls, but it also offers a number of mental and physical health benefits. However, these benefits can be best enjoyed if we adapt to a healthy eating routine that supports our fasting.
Just as breakfast if the most important meal of the day, Sehri is just as important for us to make it through a long and hefty fast. A healthy and fulfilling Sehri is guaranteed to make fasting a much easier deed for you to accomplish.
Here are some of the Dos and Don’ts of Sehri in Ramadan:
A wholesome Sehri leads to a healthy fasting. Make sure your Sehri is enriched with wholesome goodness that gives you enough energy to complete your fast without any hassle. Try eating high-fiber foods and complex carbohydrates such as grains and pulses. Remember, moderation and balance are the key.
Dairy products such as milk, eggs, and especially yogurt are highly recommended for Sehri. Even just half a cup of yogurt at Sehri can help you feel less thirsty the whole day.
Fruits & Veggies
Try hydrating fruits and veggies such as watermelons, oranges, cucumbers, and tomatoes at Sehri time to help ensure sufficient hydration through the whole fast.
Early to Bed, Early to Rise
It is also the Sunnah of our beloved Holy Prophet (P.B.U.H) to sleep early and wake up early before dawn to offer prayers. Sleeping and waking up early during Ramadan help our digestive system work better. Also, avoid sleeping after Sehri to avoid bloating and stomach reflux.
Many of us skip Sehri from time to time regardless of the fact that it is absolutely necessary to ensure proper nutrition in the form of Sehri before fasting. Skipping Sehri can make you feel less energized and tired the whole day, and can result in a weak appetite.
Stuffing yourself to the point that you can barely breathe is not the way to go and can result in poor digestion and bloating. Eat healthy and wholesome food and avoid overeating at all costs.
Over Drinking Water
You may feel the urge to drink a whole gallon of cold water to make it through a summer fast, but it would do more harm than good. Over drinking water in Sehri can dilute stomach’s acid content, lead to bloating and indigestion.
Many of us believe that drinking Tea at Sehri can support hydration, but on the contrary to it; the caffeine contents in Tea can cause urination and water loss in our bodies.
Fried foods in both Sehri and Iftar are a straight no-no. Fried foods are high in fats are hard to digest and result in bloating. Slow digesting foods such as complex carbs are recommended for Sehri.
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