In the holy month of Ramadan, you might be tempted to skip out on sahoor, your pre-dawn meal, simply because of laziness. Skipping out on sahoor however, means that you’re also skipping out on important nutrients that’ll actually help you get through the day much easier!
If you’re feeling sluggish in the morning, try out making oats – one of the easiest foods to cook. They have numerous health benefits as well and are filled with complex carbohydrates. These take time to break up inside your body. This is very useful in releasing the right amount of calories at a slow rate, giving you energy throughout the day. This will also prevent a quick burn up of calories, preventing you from feeling lethargic and tired during the day.
Avoid fried foods like the plague! These foods will force the stomach to release numerous enzymes and will take a longer time for digestion. Heartburn and diarrhoea are common symptoms associated with fried foods. Adding to that, they fill your stomach quickly, preventing you from eating further and so it is better to avoid as best you can.
You can also cut different types of fruits and mix them up in a bowl to make a nice salad. Add a handful of different nuts like almonds, walnuts and cashew nuts. You can also boil vegetables or consume them raw depending on your preferences. Fruits and vegetables are extremely rich in nutrients like vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
Most importantly, stay clear of any diuretics and this includes tea or coffee. They dehydrate the body and release toxins which in turn need to be flushed with water, and are therefore not optimal for fasting!