Ramadan fast survival guide will help you stay fit and healthy

Posted on July 26, 2013

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This is a partial reprint of an article by Sarah Hashim-Waris in the Los Angeles Times, USA, July 24, 2013

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Though it’s tempting to gorge on anything edible in sight once the sun sets, Levine urged me to resist and explained that I’d be better off if I slowed down the fast-breaking food consumption. About the worst thing a faster can do is overdose on refined carbohydrates and refined sweets at nighttime.

“It takes about 20 minutes for a signal to go from your stomach or your G.I. tract to your brain to tell you you’re full,” she said. “So if you eat very quickly, you’re much more likely to overdo it right when you break fast.” The same goes for the pre-dawn meal, when Levine says fasters should be gulping water instead of coffee to remain hydrated throughout the day.

Levine said fasters should “ease into” an eventual meal by breaking their fast with dates and water, milk or watered down fruit juice, before moving on to a light starter such as a broth-based soup and crackers meal. “Then, you can have a healthy and balanced meal including a protein, vegetable and ideally whole grain side,” while continuing to rehydrate your body with water.

Working in some exercise is the next step to a healthy and enriching Ramadan. The thought of sweating out my body’s precious drops of water makes it hard to even consider a normal gym routine. Luckily, Los Angeles-based sports nutritionist and celebrity fitness expert Rehan Jalali says 20 minutes of exercise is actually all you need. […]

Please click here to read the whole article from the Los Angeles Times website.

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