Ramadan is coming up super soon, and with all its treats and sweets, it’s not easy at to maintain your weight nor control yourself. The holy month is all about food and gatherings. From creamy food, to sugary desserts that leave you craving more. We try to do our best at times, yet, we eat and eat. It’s certainly hard, and that’s why we’ve collected some helpful tips and tricks from the amazing nutritionist Nour El-Ganzoury, who has studied nutrition in Oxford Brookes University. Her tips will help you stay in shape, and guide you for weight maintenance throughout Ramadan.
Now, we all know that Ramadan is about Fetar and Sohour. Each one of these is tempting in their own way! How can we divide our calories right, and balance both Fetar and Sohour in a healthier way? Here are Nour El-Ganzoury’s tips and tricks for a healthier and lighter month of fasting. Let’s check them out!
We all know the two famous and important tips to keep in mind. Drink lots of water, and stay away from any refined sugar. There are more though in this case.
- Stay away from dried fruits
- No juices, as they also contain lots of sugar
- No creamy sauces
- Don’t overeat fruits (they cease to be healthy once you overeat them, as they contain sugar too)
- Stay away from fried food. Bake the food in the oven instead, as it would be lighter for your stomach.
Ramadan fetar tips
Try to make it as a routine, and start with a salad and/or soup, and wait for at least an hour or so. After that, eat your main meal, which should include complex carbs, healthy fat, and certainly protein. This is called a balanced meal. The break you take between the soup and the main meal will help you not to overeat, and might help you to feel fuller faster.
Ramadan sohour tips
- Drink lots of water
- Stay away from salty snacks or food, as they will keep you dehydrated
- Consume only natural sugars
- Try to stay away from spicy food and coffee, as they will dehydrate your body
- Greek yoghurt
- Dark chocolate is a healthy snack too
- Cottage cheese
- Green veggies
- Fruits and lean protein
- Food with high water content
Last tip everyone. Don’t forget to move and exercise throughout Ramadan too!