6 tips to prepare your body for RamadanSmriti Saxena
Some of us think we will suddenly be ready when Ramadan starts, but planning will make the transition a lot easier and healthier. Here are some quick tips:
Cut Back On The Caffeine
Now is the time to start reducing your consumption of caffeine. Not consuming caffeine during Ramadan can make the first few days of fasting extremely difficult, due to the withdrawal symptoms such as migraine.
- Start now by switching to a drink with less caffeine, so start switching your morning cup of coffee to tea instead.
- Gradually decrease the amount of caffeine you consume.
- Start having your caffeine later on in the day to avoid being completely dependent.
Regulate Portion Control
The typical mindset of “eat all you can because you won’t be eating in Ramadan” is not your best friend. Binge eating only increases your appetite, which will result in you having a harder time fasting and getting hungrier during the day.
- Start reducing your food quantities, to get your body used to less food and calories during the month of Ramadan
If you normally sleep late and wake up late, start regulating your sleep from now, because during Ramadan you will be waking up early for Suhoor. You might also be sleeping earlier as a result. Alternatively, have an afternoon nap and sleep a little later. Whatever sleeping habit you choose, start to mimic it from now.
Stay Well Hydrated
It is very important to stay hydrated in Ramadan. Water is vital for our well being, to help rid of toxins and reduce feelings of hunger.
- Start drinking water regularly.
- Ditch the juices and soda for water so when Ramadan comes around you’re used to staying well hydrated to avoid dehydration.
The saying goes, practice makes perfect. If Ramadan is particularly hard for you, then try fasting in preparation for Ramadan. This way your body will be more prepared for what’s to come.
- Fast at least one day a week until the holy month, to start becoming accustomed to not eating throughout your day.
Having less energy throughout the day, people tend to be less active during Ramadan. Going for a walk after iftar is recommended to avoid slowing down of your metabolism and burn extra calories.