Healthy Tips During Ramadan and Raya
Do you want to indulge in Raya goodies while maintaining a healthy and balanced diet? Read on to find out how.
During the Ramadan month leading up to Hari Raya Aidilfitri, you’re bound to be surrounded by sumptuous feasts and delicious treats. While it’s hard to resist the delicious spread of food around you, it is also easy to lose track of your food intake and gain weight.
Moderation is key to a healthy lifestyle and it’s important to keep to a well-balanced diet throughout the Raya celebrations. Follow these simple tips to healthy eating all month long.
Start the day early and don’t skip suhur, as it is important to fuel up and keep yourself energised throughout your day. Kick-start your metabolism with whole grain foods and protein, such as hard boiled eggs, oatmeal, or eggs with wholemeal bread, which helps you to burn more calories and keeps you fuller for longer. Pair your meal with at least two glasses of water and stay away from salty foods to keep your thirst at bay.
When it’s time to break your fast, consume two glasses of warm water and two dates to help replenish your body with natural sugars and regulate the digestive system. Begin your meal with foods that are easy to digest, such as soups and fruit juices. Don’t forget to balance your meal with plenty of vegetables and proteins while minimising your intake of fried and oily dishes as well as foods that are high in sugar.
Do not overeat and make sure to rest for one to two hours after your meal before you exercise. Aim for at least 30 minutes of light exercise, such as brisk walking, cycling or stretching, to help your body burn off fat and sweat out toxins. Remember to drink at least four glasses of water or one glass of water per hour until you go to bed.
Control Your Portion
One of the easiest ways to control your food intake is simply by eating from a smaller plate. It helps you to put smaller portions of food on your plate and you’ll tend to eat less as a result. If you’re at a buffet dinner, take only what you can finish andresist the temptation to go for second or third helpings.
Processed foods such as chips and fried snacks are high in fat and sodium as a lot of salt and sugar is added to them during the manufacturing process. Cut down your intake of processed foods and opt for heathier alternatives such as fresh fruits and nuts if you’re looking for a quick snack.
Choose Low Fat
Coconut milk is a vital ingredient in cooking the tasty dishes of curry, rendang and lontong, but it contains high fat content that is not beneficial for health. However,it doesn’t mean that you have to forgo your favourite food. All you have to do is substitute coconut milk with low-fat milk, soy milk or yoghurt in your recipe for a healthier dish.
Less Is More
When cooking, control what you put into your food. You can reduce your sugar, salt and oil intake by cutting down half of the suggested portion in the recipe whenever possible. Instead, use fresh herbs and spices to keep your dishes well-flavoured and healthy.
When you’re feeling thirsty, reach for plain water instead of carbonated drinks or sweet cordial. A can of soft drink contains almost 10 teaspoons of sugar while the recommended daily intake of sugar for women is only six teaspoons.
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