9 tips to make this Ramadan a healthy one

by Mozzified Contributors Shaina Shealy and Zainab Khan

1) Hydrate.

As much as you love Rooh-afza, it isn’t the only way to hydrate this Ramadan. Try adding lemon juice and a pinch of cayenne pepper to your water to stimulate digestion.

2) Avoid sugary drinks and juices.

One whole orange is much more satisfying than a quarter cup of orange juice. The fiber is an added bonus!

3) Go on a walk. Bring a friend.

Trying going on a walk after iftar – it will help you digest your meal. Bring a friend or family member to keep you company.

4) Save intense exercise for before Suhoor.

If you plan on intense exercise, like strength training, try to get it in before the morning meal.

5) Preparation is key.

If you’re not a morning person, make sure to prepare your morning meal the night before. Preparing a balanced, nutritious meal will help you avoid munching on sweets and processed foods that can leave you hungry and unsatisfied later in the day.

6) Break your fast slowly.

We know, you’re really really really hungry. But eating too much too fast can leave you with a stomach ache and, by stretching your stomach, it can actually trick your body into feeling more hungry in the morning. Take small bites and chew your food well to allow your stomach to send “I’m full!” signals. It helps to eat with other people. When you’re sharing conversation with good company, its easier to avoid wolfing massive amounts of food too quickly. 🙂

7) Hold off on dessert. At least for a little bit.

Don’t eat dessert until you’ve finished the main meal. And only have one portion! It’s ok to indulge on your favorite Ramadan sweets, but we all know how easy it is to go overboard. If you save dessert for the last thing you eat and stick to one portion, you’ll feel much better in the morning.

8) Balance.

Compose your meals with the right balance of protein, carbs and fats to satisfy your nutritional needs.

9) Listen to your body.

Our bodies know best what they need. Tune inward and treat your body well.

Shaina Shealy is a graduate student at UC Berkeley’s School of Journalism, where she focuses in Multimedia. Follow her on twitter @shainashealy.

Zainab is the founder of Mozzified and a student at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Follow her on twitter @zaynman.