It’s the month of Ramadan!

Muslims all around the world observe this holy month through prayer, fasting, and charity.

Some non-Muslims also get in on the action by participating in the act of fasting (puasa) as well.

So, for our Ramadan oldies and newbies, here are 3 simple tips to help you get through this holy month, from Sahur to Iftar!

1. Don’t Skip Sahur

Sahur is your only meal before fasting between dawn to sunset, so be sure not to skip it.

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Why:

Yes, eating before dawn doesn’t sound very appealing, but it is important.

If you don’t eat, you force your body to rely on the last meal you had the night before in order to function normally till you break your fast.

This will leave you feeling more tired and dehydrated as the hours go by.

A good meal will give you enough energy to last the entire day. So, eat up, and don’t forget to drink a lot of water to stay hydrated!

What you can do:

  • Prepare an easy-to-make dish.
  • Make something the night before.

To help you out, we’ve made videos of 2-ingredient pancakes and Milo berry overnight oats!

Moiz Malik, a sports scientist, and Debbie Thong, a dietician from Changi General Hospital mention in Menshealth Singapore that fibre intake helps you feel fuller throughout the day and that protein keeps those hunger pangs at bay.

This is great, because our meals below are loaded with protein (to keep you fuller, longer), potassium (to help your cells produce energy), vitamins, and fibre!

Also, they’re easy to make, require few ingredients, and taste super yummy!

2. Be More Attentive Of Ramadan Dos And Donts

Don’t just concentrate on the act of fasting, pay attention to all the other amazing elements that make up Ramadan.

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Why:

If you’re going to commit to Ramadan, do so with sincere intentions. It will make your act of fasting all the more rewarding.

Besides abstaining from food and drink from dawn to sunset, Muslims also abstain from smoking, overindulging, and everything that is bad and malicious.

They also ask for forgiveness for past transgressions, perform more prayers and acts of altruism, and focus more attention on God.

You can participate in these acts regardless of your own faith, religion, or philosophy.

Ramadan is a very good time to take a step back and just think.

What you can do:

  • If you’re a Ramadan newbie, you should take note of these inadvisable actions:
    • The telling of a lie
    • Slander
    • Denouncing someone behind his back
    • A false oath
    • Greed or covetousness
  • Focus on self-discipline, self-restraint and generosity.
  • Put more effort into becoming a better person than you were before. 
  • Get off the couch and get involved in some charity work. Here are some helpful links to get you started: hwww.hati.myhmygov.malaysia.gov.my/.

3. Don’t Overeat During Iftar

Yes, we know you’re super hungry, but Ramadan is a time to be grateful, mindful, and modest.

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Why:

Overeating can lead to weight gain, stomach aches, problems with digestion, and headaches.

What you can do:

  • Cook/order less food! It’s a simple thing, which you tend to overlook because you’re just too darn hungry!
  • Break your fast with a balanced meal. It will make you feel satiated, and it keeps your body healthy.
  • If you’re an Iftar newbie, buka puasa (break fast) with some water and dates first. The water will quench your thirst and the dates will give you an instant boost of energy, as mentioned in an article by Astro Awani.

Remember, moderation is key!

 

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