With the holy month of Ramadan drawing to a close, Eid-ul-Fitr 2022, the most celebrated Muslim festival, is just around the corner. It’s a festive occasion that begins with unique Islamic prayers, which are often performed in a vast open field in the congregation. This event is celebrated around the world with much fanfare and gusto, with a variety of delectable dishes spread out for a feast. It’s natural to want to indulge in some tasty delicacies after a month of fasting. Keeping in mind what your body has been through, however, exercising prudence is as crucial. Can you withstand that much temptation? That is the key question here that might be asked too much.
The festival provides you with so many delicious dishes in one place that it’s difficult to say no. While there’s nothing wrong with eating those tiny winy bits, overindulging and consuming a large amount of food at once might cause serious harm to your body. Remember that your body has accustomed to the one-month Ramadan routine, and that a drastic change in this might be quite hazardous. You may get indigestion and, as a result, bloating. Consuming high-calorie foods can result in feelings of excessive guilt as well as undesired weight gain. These are, unfortunately, the perils of social gatherings, which constitute an important element of the auspicious celebration of Eid. While these gatherings are unavoidable, you can make sure that Eid 2022 is a pleasant and healthy one by following the guidelines below:
Breakfast on Eid:
You should get your body ready to have breakfast in the morning after a month of not doing so. On the first day of Eid, begin by doing the same things you did throughout Ramadan’s iftar fast. Eat dates and drink water before the Eid prayer and eat breakfast almost a couple of hours later.
It’s tempting to go overboard with the delectable sweets after a month of devotion and constraint. Slowly chewing each mouthful and focusing on the feel, taste, and feeling of each mouthful can help you get ready for the day.
Overeating can result in a variety of health issues. When you don’t keep track of how much you eat, you’ll wind up eating too much, which might cause indigestion and acidity. The less food you consume, the less likely you are to suffer from indigestion. Set some rules for yourself about what you’ll eat and how much you’ll eat before you start serving. This will aid in the prevention of overeating. Avoid piling food on your plate since you may feel obligated to consume it all so it doesn’t go to waste. Refuse second helpings politely.
Maintain Sugar Levels:
We all know that sugary treats should not be consumed in large quantities. On Eid, Muslims usually start the day by greeting one another and sharing sweets. Those treats, as much as we enjoy them, should be consumed in moderation. Sharing sweets with others is the best method to prevent overeating them.
Before you begin with the other treats, try some dried dates filled with walnuts or dried figs. This will also help you to satisfy your sweet desire without going overboard.
Minimum Salt Intake:
Keep an eye on how much salt you consume. Excess salt can be harmful to one’s health, particularly the heart, as it elevates blood pressure. Salt intake should be kept to a minimum. Try to keep the number of highly processed foods to a minimum. These foods are often high in salt, sugars and saturated fat. If you do purchase processed foods, read the labels carefully and choose healthier ones that include less of these ingredients.
Let Veggies Come First:
You’re probably wondering why I’m asking you to eat vegetables, even on Eid. Yes, indeed! Eating your vegetables first is the greatest approach to control and minimize your hunger. Veggies are high in critical nutrients and fiber, which will make you feel satisfied, allowing you to eat fewer high-calorie, fattening foods. Start your supper with a salad or stir-fried vegetables, and I’m confident your stomach will only ask for a small portion of stuff like achaar gosht and chicken karahi.
Drinking Aerated Beverages Isn't a Good Idea:
While it may appear to be a good idea to take an aerated drink with your dinner to help you digest the heavy food, the reality is quite different. Aerated beverages are high in sugar and are harmful to your health. For better digestion, consume a glass of buttermilk with mint leaves instead of a glass of cold beverage. Buttermilk will not only help you digest food better, but it will also help you eat less. So, which option should you take? A sugary beverage or a protein-rich beverage. My advice is to choose the latter and you will not be disappointed.
On this day, stay hydrated. The glycogen levels are all messed up after the strict 30-day diet. These levels will return to normal if you drink plenty of water. Drinking water is especially important after eating sweets since the kidneys utilize water to eliminate the sugar from the system. It will also make you feel fresh and energized throughout the day, allowing you to spend quality time with your family.
Leave the table once you’re done:
The objective and goal here is to fulfil your hunger while avoiding going crazy after seeing the huge selection of delights. Remember that when you’re full, it’s a sign that you’re close to finishing. When your stomach is no longer ready to accept food, it sends signals to your brain telling you to stop eating. Pay attention to your body’s signals and gently declare that you have thoroughly enjoyed the meal and have consumed your fair share of Eid treats. Leave the table as soon as you’re done; don’t linger.
Exercise Around The Block or Walk The Talk:
Yes, you read that correctly. You will feel rejuvenated, relaxed, and joyful after going for a walk or going for exercise. You’re probably wondering how? A regular walk and exercise routine generates feel-good chemicals that improve your mood and aid in hunger control. Furthermore, these prevent diseases and make you feel more energized. On the eve of Eid, it’ll help you feel less guilty as you go digging into that plate of stuff like Mutton Biryani or Shahi Korma with Naan.
Enjoy this occasion with your loved ones to the utmost, and I wish you the best of happiness. Enjoy the treats, but remember the above guidelines to stay healthy this Eid.
Dn.Saqib Iqbal is CEO and Co-Founder of SDNO. He is a social worker, having his own non-profit organization (H.E.L.P Philantropy) for this cause. He is also a good writer and photographer. His leadership skills go beyond the limits. He can be reached at @diet_by_smarty.
Disclaimer: The information in this article is not intended as sound medical advice for your particular illness; rather, it is meant to increase awareness of common health issues. Before implementing any recommendations made in this article or choosing a treatment plan based on its contents, you should always speak with a qualified healthcare professional.