How to Spend a Healthy Ramadan in Quarantine
It has been proven that intermittent fasting is very beneficial to the body, it became a real trend advised by many nutritionists and adopted by many people around the world. It’s claimed to improve the metabolism and helps in weight loss, a recommended method if you are quarantined and not necessarily exercising.
For Muslims, Ramadan is a beautiful opportunity to reconnect with their faith and mind as well as bodies. When done in the right way, it can have the healthiest consequences to the body resulting into a full detox – A great chance to appreciate the benefits of a healthy fasting.
Social Unseen has gathered few tips on how to stay healthy in this year’s special Ramadan that everyone is spending at home and without family and friends gatherings.
Suhoor is the meal taken before sunset and before the fasting day starts.
It is recommended to not skip it as it is the meal that will give you energy for the day after. However, you might need to keep it healthy and avoid carbs and sweets if you do not want to gain weight.
Remember hydrating your body as much as you can, and go for healthy recipes rich in fiber like skin-on potato, grains or cereals and carbohydrates (beans, lentils, wheat, oats, semolina..etc.)
And of course you might also need to avoid drinking tea and coffee especially on Suhoor time as it causes a waist of water on the day of fasting.
Low intensity workouts are recommended in Ramadan if you want to boost your mental health and change your mindset. Try to walk 30 to 60 minutes before Iftar, or if you want, you can go for a yoga or pilates session in order to lose weight in a low intensity without injuring your muscle.
It has been proven that sleeping issues might cause weight gain, the amount of hours you get might be as important as your diet and exercise.
If you sleep more than 9 hours per day, you might experience a disruption in your overall cycle and synchronisation with the correct day-time, causing to your body a disability to process sugar and insulin, and not sleeping enough might also be problematic for your body.
In Ramadan, it has become a cultural tendency to spend hours gathering with the family till Suhoor, where food becomes almost an evening activity, a habit that affects the majority, which can unfortunately affect our bodies and causes weight gain.
The best tips would be to sleep eight hours per night in correct timings, you would wake up in the morning, you would feel more energetic and more productive, plus your body would probably thank you for not causing sugar fluctuations.
Healthy Suhoor recipe by Leena
Ramadan has never been spent in such a strange and uncertain time indeed, but it is a beautiful chance to appreciate again simple things and concentrate on self-reflection where keeping a healthy routine is crucial.
By Meriem Toumi