Have a Healthy & Hearty Eid-Ul-Fitr
By Nmami Agarwal
The holy month of Ramadan requires most Muslims to abstain from eating and drinking, after dusk and before Dawn. This festival marks the end of Ramzan and starting of Shawwal month. When the month of Ramzan, is over and the moon of Eid is sighted, they end their Roza (fasts). In this way, the Muslims break their month-long fast. The next day, the festival of Eid is celebrated. Eid is celebrated all over the world with great pomp, show and zeal. Every Eid, underprivileged people are showered with clothes and food and are taken care of as well. It is a day of gaiety, festivity and feasting.
Fasting for one whole month can be difficult as it is challenging to obtain proper nutrients at this time. Severe fasting can lead to dehydration, headaches, low blood sugar levels, dizziness and fatigue. Eid is a great way to chomp down on delicious and healthy food to reap full benefits. Yes, it is possible to eat highly nutritious food which provide enough energy to last throughout the day with a variety of flavors.
A great deal of thought should be put into the quality and quantity of food a person is consuming after one month of fasting. The diet should be a simple meal rather than a feast which shouldn’t be substantially different from everyday diet. In a period of 30 days, bodies get accustomed to practicing caution ,therefore, sudden consumption of sugary snacks can send be harmful and may send your body in grave shock resulting in indigestion and bloating. Even though the temptation is hard to resist, overindulgence can be unhealthy.
A few simple practices can avoid gaining of unhealthy weight and make this Eid a happy and healthy one.
Walk and talk around: Walking around the block will make you feel refreshed and relaxed which helps in eating a balanced diet.
Let veggies get in first: Veggies are packed with essential nutrients which will excuse you from eating fattening delights and food packed with calories.
Exercise portion control: Social gatherings mean endless supply of food which will stretch your waistline. Control the amount of intake of high calorific food by politely declining and focus on foods with healthy nutrients.
People who miss the fasting portion of Ramadan, feed the poor generously and distribute clothes amongst them. Being a festival of love and Goodwill, Eid-Ul-Fitr, sends a message to love all and hate none. It promotes the idea to embrace everyone, no matter what their status is. Not only does this festival send out waves of positivity but also a chance to recycle all the toxins and rejuvenate one’s body.
Here are a few delicious and healthy food items which can be consumed to break your fast:
DATES: Traditionally, dates are known to be the food Muhammed ate when he broke his fast. Other than this reason, dates are considered an essential during Ramadan. While fasting from sunrise to sunset, our bodies can develop mild health problems like low blood sugar, lethargy and headaches. Dates are an excellent source of fiber, sugar, magnesium, potassium, and carbohydrates which help the body in maintaining health throughout this period. Being rich in carbohydrates, dates take time to digest which keeps the stomach full for longer.
FRUITS: Consumption of fruits is crucial throughout this period as they replace the fluids lost during the day and keep the body hydrated to fast next day. Fruits provide natural sugar for energy, fluid and vital vitamins and minerals. Fruits are also a great way to keep the body cool, maintain healthy skin and avoid constipation.
CHICKEN BIRYANI: Chicken biryani with diverse vegetables is a hefty meal which dissipates hunger easily. Rich in carbohydrates, proteins and flavorful vegetables, this meal is perfect to start your day with. Chicken biryani provides ample amounts of energy while taking time to be digested making it a perfect fuel for the body. The vegetables provide vitamins and minerals required which rice provides sufficient carbs.
PIYAJU: Piyaju is a delicious and popular dish mainly consumed during Iftar. Piyaju primarily consists of red lentils paste of moong dal paste along with chopped onion. It is a tradition recipe which is low on calories but high on proteins and fiber makes it an ideal food item to be consumed during Iftar. It is a traditional food item which is consumed in almost every house during Ramadan and afterwards too.
KHEER: What is Eid without desserts, or kheer for that matter? This beautiful aromatic dessert has been an essential part of every Indian and Muslim household since centuries. According to ayurveda, kheer has a very cooling effect on body. It calms down the subtle energy which regulates metabolism. Saffron used in kheer, assimilates all the nutrients while the cardamom counteracts digestive fire. The mixture of dry fruits present in it provide healthy fat and proteins which makes it a healthy alternative to other creamy desserts like ice creams.
People who miss the fasting portion of Ramadan, feed the poor generously and distribute clothes amongst them. Being a festival of love and Goodwill, Eid-Ul-Fitr, sends a message to love all and hate none. It promotes the idea to embrace everyone, no matter what their status us. Not only does this festival send out waves of positivity but also a chance to recycle all the toxins and rejuvenate one’s body.
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