During the holy month of Ramadan, our diet should not differ very much from our normal diet and should be as simple as possible. The diet should be such that we maintain our normal weight, neither losing nor gaining. However, if one is over-weight, Ramadan is an ideal time to normalise one’s weight.
In view of the long hours of fasting, we should consume slow digesting foods including fibre containing-foods rather than fast-digesting foods. Slow digesting foods last up to 8 hours, while fast-digesting foods last for only 3 to 4 hours.
Slow-digesting foods are foods that contain grains and seeds like barley, wheat, oats, millet, semolina, beans, lentils, wholemeal flour, unpolished rice, etc. (called complex carbohydrates).
Fast-burning foods are foods that contain sugar, white flour, etc. (called refined carbohydrates).
Fibre-containing foods are bran-containing foods, whole wheat, grains and seeds, vegetables like green beans, peas, sem (papry), marrow, mealies, spinach, and other herbs like methie, the leaves of beetroot (iron-rich), fruit with skin, dried fruit especially dried apricots, figs and prunes, almonds, etc.
The foods eaten should be well-balanced, containing foods from each food group, i.e. fruits, vegetables, meat/chicken/fish, bread/cereals and dairy products. Fried foods are unhealthy and should be limited. They cause indigestion, heart-burn, and weight problems. Source.
More on Ramadan in comming posts.
Blogs participating in the global online Ramdan event (Joy From Fasting To Feasting !!!) are:
Dubai – http://syeda-indianspices.blogspot.com/
Egypt – http://ummelbanat.blogspot.com/
India – http://kitchenflavours.blogspot.com/
Malaysia – http://mamafami.blogspot.com/ , http://mamafami.fotopages.com/
New Zealand – http://homemades.blogspot.com/
Riyadh – http://anjumsrasoi.blogspot.com/
US – http://yasmeen-healthnut.blogspot.com/
US – http://saltntumeric.blogspot.com/
US – http://organicmuslimah.blogspot.com/
US – http://triedandtrueeats.blogspot.com/
US – http://themiddleeasterncook.blogspot.com/
US – http://mammuskitchen.blogspot.com/