As Muslims, we are always thrilled when Ramadan is getting close. We start to spend more time with our family, enjoy the festive atmosphere and take a better look at our souls. For sure, we all prepared mentally and emotionally for Ramadan, but are we physically? There are some measures that you can take to make fasting easier for you. In this way, you will only have to focus on your soul, not on your body. Follow these guidelines to prepare yourself for Ramadan:
- Give up sugar. You already know that sugar is not good for you, but it can be even worst during this time. Let me explain: we become, from a medical point of view, addicted to sugar. The more we eat, the more we crave sugar. Now, this wouldn’t be a problem in any other month, but when Ramadan comes and you are fasting, this can make things harder. To be sure that you will not crave sweets during the day, try to lower your sugar intake a few weeks before Ramadan starts.
- Eat small meals. I know that this is an advice that you see on nutrition websites, but I am not trying to help you lose weight. There is a great reason behind this advice: imagine that your stomach is made of rubber. When you eat large meals all the time, your stomach enlarges and it takes a lot of food to feel satisfied. If you eat small portions, you get satisfied quickly and you are not hungry so often. To prepare your stomach for the stress that will come, minimize your portions.
- Do not eat very often. A few days before Ramadan, you can start to extend the time between your meals. You will get used faster to not eat or drink, and you will not feel so hungry in the first days of fasting.
- Visit the doctor. You don’t have to be sick to get a medical check-up. Before Ramadan, it’s indicated to pay a visit to the doctor and see if everything is alright. If you have a problem, a lack of vitamins for example, you can solve it before the month starts. In this way you will be able to enjoy Ramadan without interruptions.
- Establish your menu. When we break the fast at the end of the day, we tend to eat anything, no matter how heavy it is. This is a mistake that can make us feel miserable the next day. You have to know what types of food you tolerate best, and what you have to avoid.