Eid-ul-Fitr, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, is the most celebrated festival in the Muslim community. This festival is observed around the world with great excitement and with a variety of delectable delicacies set out for a feast. However, it is also essential to stay healthy and on top of your health and away from overindulgence and excessive consumption of food at once.
You can follow the below tips to ensure you have a healthy Eid:
- Instead of stacking plates with unhealthy foods, take small portions of food
Make sure your plate isn't overflowing. It's best to try something, just in limited amounts. Otherwise, indigestion and bloating will occur, consuming too much greasy food could damage the lining of the stomach and it can cause indigestion as well.
- Do not eat too much red meat
Excessive consumption of high cholesterol food like red meat should be avoided. To maintain your health, stay away from the fatty parts of meat. Add some fish items instead of red meat.
- Keep desserts to a minimum
If you can't miss out on the opportunity to indulge in some sweet dishes, keep the portion to a minimum. Modify sweet recipes by decreasing their fat content and substituting sugar with honey or dates as this offers the highest nutritional value to the dish.
- Include some vegetable on your platter
Eating a lot of fruits and green vegetables that contain vitamin C in addition to meat is highly recommended. Make sure to eat lots of salads too. Vegetables are rich in vital nutrients and nutrition, which can make you feel full, allowing you to consume less high-calorie, fattening foods.
- Avoid high consumption of carbonated drinks
Carbonated drinks do not help you digest heavy food but instead are high in sugar and are harmful to your health. Avoid drinking them as much as possible. Add coconut water, sour curd, lassi, mint water, and jeera water instead of carbonated drinks.
After a strict regime of 30 days of fasting, the glycogen levels in your body get all messed up. Drinking plenty of water will bring these levels back to normal.
- Fix your mealtime and take breaks between your meals.
To stay healthy, do not eat at odd times of the day. You should stick to your routine even during Eid. To help the food be fully digested, keep at least a 6 hours time interval between two consecutive meals. It helps the food to be fully digested.
A healthy walk and exercise routine improves your mood and manages your appetite. Taking a walk will help your stomach to function properly and digest food.
The value of good nutrition is not new, and retaining good personal nutrition is one of the most important tools. So be watchful of what you eat, maintain healthy ways to feast so that you don't miss out on the spread of dishes.
The writer is Consultant Nutritionist at Praava Health