The holiest month is round the corner. These tips will surely help you prepare for the month of fasting
As the month of fasting is approaching, one might think that they are ready. By planning and adjusting now, it’ll be easier to kick habits and cravings, making the transition a whole lot easier. Here are nine ways to prepare your body and mind for Ramadan.
EAT LESS BUT HEALTHY
In the lead up to Ramadan, it’s important to reduce your portion sizes. Begin with eating moderate quantities. Do not splurge on food because Ramadan is approaching. It will only increase your appetite and make it more difficult to fast.
EAT BREAKFAST, EARLY
During Ramadan, we wake up early for Suhoor. It is important not to skip this. Start having an early breakfast from now to help your body get used to the earlier hours.
It would be an excellent idea to cut out snacks between meals in the days and weeks leading to Ramadan. Rather, go for three main meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner. During Ramadan, you will have to get used to having two main meals, Suhoor and Iftar. This way, you will only have to cut out one meal.
CUT DOWN ON COFFEE
Caffeine withdrawal, it’s a thing. But, it is time to reduce your caffeine intake. A systematic approach would involve switching to decaff, one coffee at a time, until you are only drinking decaffeinated coffee, then cut it out altogether.
WEAN OFF SMOKING
Smokers who enter Ramadan unprepared may experience withdrawal symptoms such as anger, restlessness, impatience and difficulty concentrating during fasting hours. It is also good to view Ramadan as an opportunity to quit bad habits like smoking altogether.
As the proverb goes, practice perfects a man, what better way to prepare yourself for Ramadan than through practice? Try doing a few fasts in the run up to Ramadan to help you adapt. Take this as an opportunity to make up for any missed fasts from last year.
Meal-planning before Ramadan can save you a lot of hassle, especially during the first week while you are busy adjusting. Prepare your menu for Iftar and Suhoor for the first seven days, list the ingredients needed, and go grocery shopping while you are still full of energy.
Start regulating your sleep before the holy month begins as 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.
VISIT A DOCTOR
If you have concerns over your ability to fast for whatever reason, now is the time to check with your doctor if it is safe for you to fast.
By: Suleiman Khan