Do’s and Don’ts of Fasting During Ramadan
- Eat fibre-rich foods for slow release of energy such as vegetables, fruits, whole-grain bread and cereals, lean meats, fish, brown rice, beans, tofu, soybeans, dates, soy or almond milk.
- After Iftar, eat a snack every 2-3 hours instead of having two large meals.
- Choose snacks like nuts, seeds and low-sugar fruits.
- Go for low GI and high fibre foods rather than white alternatives – switch to brown rice, brown pasta, and brown bread.
- Eat carbohydrates with proteins (rice with lentils and lean meats, vegetables with hummus or tahini) to avoid the blood sugar spike.
- Suhoor should consist of complex, slow-burning carbohydrates that will leave you feeling full longer, such as oatmeal, porridge, eggs with fruit and whole-wheat bread.
- Fatty meats (beef, hot dogs, cold cuts).
- Processed foods (pizzas, chips, pastries).
- Fried foods (deep-fried falafels, samosas, snacks).
- Refined carbohydrates (white rice, pasta, pizzas, white bread and Khubus).
- Sugars (desserts, cola, fruit juice).
- Unhealthy fats (vegetable oils, cheese, dairy products).
- Caffeine (cola, coffee, tea).
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