Ramadan is here, and we’re all worried about how we’ll sustain ourselves during the hot days of August without ice cream and cold drinks. From the dieticians at Royal Bahrain Hospital, we get the Do’s and Don’ts of Ramadan eating habits:
DO break your fast with two to three dates. They help to naturally restore your sugar level to its normal range.
DON’T drink large amounts of caffeinated beverages, especially during suhoor, which cause the loss of valuable mineral salts your body needs.
DO consume foods from all groups. Try to include cereals, bread, rice, pasta, meat, nuts, milk and dairy products, fruits, salads and soups .
DON’T overeat; especially during the meal before dawn, it will most likely lead to weight gain.
DO make vegetables the main food during iftar, which is a rule that should be followed in most meals.
DON’T indulge too much in fatty, fried or spicy foods loaded with sugar and oil, they could lead to heart burn.
DO engage in some kind of light exercise such as stretching or walking, in order to maintain your figure.
DON’T focus on just food. Remember to drink water, as much as two glasses when breaking your fast.
Royal Bahrain Hospital is a multi-specialty hospital in the Kingdom of Bahrain. To book an appointment with Nada Jawahery, the Registered Dietician [licensed member of the American Dietetics Association] or for a Ramadan Health Check-up, call 1724 6800 and visit www.royalbahrainhospital.com for more information.