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Ramadan 2017: Eating Healthy

Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, in which Moslems all over the world commemorte the first revelation of the Quran to prophet Muhammad. For believers is it a religious duty to fast between Suhur (pre-dawn meal) and Iftaar (breakfast = evening meal). Ramadan not only means to renounce food and drinks, but also to renounce any bad habits, lies and defamation.

When is Ramandan in 2017? According to Saudi Arabia's Umm al-Qura calendar:

26 May - 24 June 2017 (Eid al-Fitr 2017)

Who is unpledged from fasting?

  • children
  • sick people
  • pregnant and breastfeeding women
  • people, who are away on travel
  • women on their menstruation
Whereas the last four groups have to make up the leeway days.

Ramadan - Time of Abstinence

Fasting during Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The time of abstinence is also connected to the engagement with prayers and readings of the Quran. Besides not eating and drinking during the day is it for example also forbidden to have any sexual intercourse. Very old or sick people, who are not in the condition to fast, can try to to something good for their environment by preparing food for neighbours or poor people. 

As fasting can be a little bit tough during very hot days is it advisable to adjust everyday life (for example in office) to the abstemious life during Ramadan. Eating healthy during Iftar and Suhur is very important.

Iftar and Suhur

It's common that the whole family and friends are meeting for Iftar (which marks the daily end of the fast). Some people tend to overeat at the time of the fast-breaking and try to consume as much food as possible.

What's not recommended to eat for Iftar are very oily and fried foods like (a lot of) french fries. Very spicy food can cause stomach pain, digestive problems or heartburn.

Appropriate food for Iftar 

  • Fruits (for example dates. Usually does the fast-breaking begin with dates and some water)
  • Fish and poultry (for example chicken)
  • Humus and harira (soup)
  • Vegetables (for example beans)
Healthy dish suggestions: eggplant moussaka, mutton curry, pakoras, vegetable curry with rice, fruit salad, fish with roasted vegetables, some sweets like baklava or jalebi, haleem, shami kebabs, beguni. Appropriate food for Suhur (meal before sun dawn):
  • whole-grain products
  • Rice and oat
  • Beans and lentils
  • Milk products
Healthy meal suggestions: porridge with milk, nuts, dried fruits, breakfast toast with eggs, egg-salad, smoothies, bananas.

It is also very important to drink a lot of water or tea. Cafeine-containing drinks should be avoided, because they dedrive fluid from the body.

Featured image Subcommandante under CC

Please also check out the following articles:

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