Are you ready for the fasting month of Ramadan? As Muslims worldwide gear up to observe the upcoming month-long fast, join us to discover a bit more about traditional fasting customs and how fasting’s even infiltrated modern health and diet trends favoured by Hollywood celebrities. Read on to find out more about little dietary tweaks you can adopt to boost your nutrition game during the fasting month too.
While Muslims are well-acquainted with the concept of fasting as a religious tenet, you may be surprised to learn that fasting has entered the wider public psyche through the lens of health and fitness. Intermittent fasting (IF) is a dieting method that’s experienced a surge in popularity over the past few years. Although there are several variations to it, most individuals who practise IF stick to a routine where they fast for 16 hours, followed by an 8 hour window where they eat. A key difference between IF and Ramadan (besides religious motivations vs health choices) is that for IF, you’re allowed to drink water and stay hydrated — so long as your beverages do not contain calories that may disrupt the ketosis process your body undergoes while fasting. IF (and most fasting-type diets) has been lauded for its effectiveness in weight loss, and comes with a range of other health benefits like cancer and disease prevention.
For a vast majority of Muslims across the globe, the holy month of Ramadan is also an opportunity to take a step back from the hectic pace of modern life and examine their spirituality. While preparing for your physical needs in anticipation of the fasting month (eg. a well-stocked larder), don’t forget to tend to your mental health and faith too. Learn to be present, and take advantage of the fasting month to reconnect with your family and loved ones. Meal times are one of the most common ways for people to bond and build lasting relationships with one another.
Take the simple act of breaking bread to rekindle old ties; organising simple dinners together can play a vital role in amplifying communal connections while alleviating feelings of isolation. If you’re concerned about the COVID-19 pandemic and would prefer to practise social-distancing, opt for a remote digital dinner date instead. Remember, although nothing beats sharing delicious hot meals with your loved ones in person, being able to connect and interact with them in the digital landscape is still a pretty decent alternative during these times.
Prepare for Ramadan by coming up with meal plans and even meal-prepping in advance. In addition to saving time, this will help you stick to a nutrition plan and maintain a healthy weight too. Stock up on foods with a low glycemic index (GI) rating such as lean proteins, whole grains, and fresh fruits and vegetables. Low GI foods are especially beneficial as they provide your body with a sustainable flow of energy and prevent crashes from insulin spikes.
Take advantage of SedapTV’s convenient meal kits during the fasting month to bring your A-Game into the kitchen. With SedapTV’s meal kits, you’ll learn to whip up quick and easy Malaysian recipes, all from the comfort of your own home. Each meal kit comes with exact pre-portioned ingredients and detailed, foolproof recipes for family favourites, so you’re ensured success each time. Best of all, SedapTV’s meal kits give food lovers the chance to experiment with dishes that you’d always wanted to try out but never had the opportunity to, allowing you to build both confidence and kitchen skills.
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