I have learned that fasting is all about elevating your spiritual and physical status to higher levels of purity and strength. It is reconnecting you to the best version of you. And today I want to share with you my TOP healthy tips that can get you leaner and stronger while fasting this month. Here we go!
Water first! Make sure to start with water to hydrate your body after the long hours of fasting. Now it is time to bring your blood sugars to its normal levels, aim for 1 medjool date or 3 smaller ones. You can have a cup of mixed fresh fruits as well. Eating slowly and in moderation is key when you break your fast. It sets the tone to the way you are going to eat the rest of your meals.
- Protein such as chicken, fish, beans and small amounts of red meat to replenish your muscles and keep you stronger
- Healthy fats: such as olive oil, avocados and nuts. One options of these is enough in your meal.
- Healthy grains: such as brown rice, quinoa, bulgur wheat and whole wheat bread.
- Vegetables: dark leafy green vegetables are excellent source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Aim for fresh salads, saute`ed or grilled vegetables.
It is that time of the year where lots of traditional sweets are made and celebrated in gatherings of family and friends.
- It is not the all or nothing approach: it is not either you eat all you want (which makes you feel heavy and sluggish) or not eat anything ( which makes you feel deprived). Instead place a small piece of that desert on your plate, if there are multiple deserts, take bite sizes of each one, grab you cup of tea or coffee and start a warm conversation with your friend or family member. Enjoy! It is all about building up our behaviors and thoughts around foods.
I can’t tell you enough that you can actually utilize the golden opportunity presented to you in this month to set the tone for the healthiest year ahead of you after finishing the month of fasting. The month of Ramadan is the perfect time that you can build a whole new set of healthy habits including managing your sweet tooth, control your portions of foods. Since in the light of the fact that your metabolism is slower by the end of the day of fasting, you need to have nourishing foods in smaller amounts. Quality over Quantity.
light physical activity if you haven’t been working out regularly before this month. I do decrease the intensity and the duration of my workouts during the month of Ramadan and I definitely do it after breaking my fast. Include the 3 categories of Aerobics, Strength and stretch exercises. 20-30 minutes daily. Feeling so Tired after Iftar to work out? Take a closer look at the amount and the type of foods you are eating. As you find your answers, coarse correct to make your workout happens!Stay connected with me and learn more about mindset, habits, health, happiness and lifestyle by signing up to my newsletter at: www.healthylivingwithruba.com