How to stay healthy and monitor your calorie intake during Ramadan
A fasting person needs good nutritious food that provides energy throughout the day. Maadhuri R Sharma, a certified nutritionist suggests tips to stay healthy during the lock down and Ramadan.
Eat potassium rich foods
The best choices of food are dates, whole grain bread, oatmeal, banana and milk since it helps control thirst throughout the day, since they are high on potassium.
Eat a balanced diet
Eat a balanced diet of carbs, protein, fats, fibers, vitamins and minerals. Indulge in moderation very cautiously post Iftar. Avocado, dried peaches, peas, rice, yogurt, pumpkin seeds and almonds should also be a part of the daily diet.
Stay hydrated to counter acidity
Stay hydrated after Iftar, drink lots water and eat slowly to avoid indigestion.
Avoid spicy and fried foods
The worst choices during Ramadan is spicy and fried food. It messes with digestion, makes you feel bloated, leads to acidity, and in severe cases, can also cause heartburn.
Consume high-fiber food
High-fiber food like brown rice and whole meal bread take longer to digest and thus, help sustain energy levels longer.
Eat fruits and veggies
Foods like fruits and vegetables are essential since they increase the feeling of fullness and prevent constipation. They also contain vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals.
Steamed, grilled and baked foods are good choices
To keep your meals healthy, limit the use of oil and opt for steaming, grilling, baking or shallow frying.
Have healthy ‘sugar’
To break the fast, the tradition of eating dates should be followed with Sabja seeds water and also water with cinnamon to help metabolize sugar. Immediately after, one should have a protein and carbs-rich diet.
Have soups, salads and falooda
Vegetable juice, chicken soup, mutton soup, and low-sugar falooda are good for consumption.
We hope these tips have been helpful to those who will be fasting this Ramadan. We wish you a healthy Iftaar. Click here to connect with our experts.