Imagine a world without hamburgers, cakes, French fries and ice cream. Sounds impossible, right? Now imagine Beyonce losing 20 pounds simply by fasting and using a concoction of lemon juice, water, syrups and cayenne pepper for her role in Dreamgirls – and it worked!
Most of you reading this have fasted, but how many of you binged during Iftar? Would you eat as per your hunger status or to stock up for the next day?
Here are some tips to help you get through the holy month!
A nutritional point of view
Our digestive system drains the energy needed for healing, replacing and digesting all that we consume. Noticed how your appetite disappears into thin air, when you’re sick? That’s because our body needs energy to heal than digest food. So it makes sense to give it a break too, right?
In addition to growing spiritually, Ramadan also provides a way to really detox your body. Fasting cleanses your body and is the perfect jump-start to introduce new healthy habits and foods into your life by flushing out the old and bringing in the new. By fasting, a detoxification process also occurs, because any toxins stored in the body’s fat are dissolved and removed from the body during Ramadan time.
When the body is starved of food, it starts to burn fat so that it can generate energy. This leads to weight loss. However, if you fast for too long your body will eventually start breaking down muscle protein for energy, which is unhealthy.
Although fasting may seem difficult, the benefits of how it will affect your body and system are endless.
Fasting helps prevent heart diseases, Cancer and builds insulin resistance. It also answers to ailments like multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and allergies.
A good way to start on the fasting is by:
- Eating a balanced diet with calculated percentage of macros (protein, carbs and fats)
- Adding raw food in your diet such as fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts for your carbs and fat intake.
- Consuming mineral-rich bone and vegetable broths
- Drinking green smoothies
- Drinking only fresh pressed vegetables/fruit juices
- Avoiding fried and oil filled food
- Consuming protein from lean sources such as egg whies, chicken breast, sirloin steak and small fishes.
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