As the meaty Eid-ul-Adha is approaching, we are all getting ready to fill our bellies with hot plates of mutton biryani, top-notch steaks, and delectable kebabs. During this time of year, a lavish feast is prepared, and everyone enjoys the appetizing dishes made with the meat of the sacrificed goat or sheep. The abundance of meat—all of it prime, juicy, and delicious—brings with it a lack of self-control. And thus we inevitably eat way too much food.
Because of this, a lot of individuals visit hospitals after Eid. There are, however, methods to enjoy your feast while remaining healthy during Eid.
To ensure that you feel your best throughout the Eid-ul-Adha celebrations, follow these really simple guidelines:
It matters what kind of meat you eat
There are many different types of sacrificed meat available because several animals are slaughtered on Eid-ul-Adha. Meats like beef, mutton, lamb, and camel all have different compositions. Some of them have more fat than others, while others are a little bit leaner.
Typically, 100g of lamb meat has 21g of fat, compared to 3g in mutton, 30g in ground beef with 70% lean meat, and 6.4g in camel meat. Keep in mind that the longer it takes for the body to digest anything, the higher the satiety. Therefore, size your servings accordingly during Eid-ul-Adha while considering the type of meat you intend to eat.
The parts of the animal matter
Depending on the animal’s anatomy, fat and protein are distributed differently in different animals. The shanks and the neck, which have leaner flesh, are preferable to the sections with more fat. So, choose your foods intelligently to limit your overall intake of fat and consequently calories.
Be mindful of the portion size
Although you might be tempted to taste the juicy, mouth-watering meat, hold yourself back. The kidneys and the liver might be negatively impacted by consuming a lot of protein. Additionally, your body needs time to metabolize the protein, so consuming too much of it can exhaust your system. Problems including acid reflux, motion sickness, and upset stomach may then result.
On a joyous occasion like Eid-ul-Adha, it can be a little frustrating to hold yourself back. After all, everyone is allowed to celebrate occasionally. In order to maintain your health throughout Eid, do not deprive yourself but rather indulge in a little bit of everything.
Because Eid is all about socialising and meeting new people, schedules are often busy. Everyone’s home requires you to stop over and enjoy their hospitality. You must indulge the guests (and yourself!) with the meat offerings, sweets, and beverages. However, because you don’t give yourself enough time in between meals, this raises the risk of overeating. Since social gatherings frequently go late, it is worse when you find yourself eating at unusual hours.
It may be challenging, but you must space your meals by at least 6 hours. Before you eat more, give your body some time to digest the previous serving. You might have to decline some delectable kebabs, but you’ll appreciate it afterwards. Additionally, make an effort to reduce your caloric intake, particularly at night when your body is at rest.
Proper meat handling
The safe handling of the meat is an important principle to follow to stay healthy during Eid. Remove any visible fat from your meat and carefully clean it. Additionally, make sure the meat is thoroughly drained before being stored.
You should also be aware of the heat since Eid-ul-Adha falls right in the heart of summer in 2022. The meat can spoil if it is left outside for an extended period of time. Similarly, if your refrigeration is not operating properly, there is a potential that the meat will no longer be safe to eat.
Your health could be at risk if you eat meat that is contaminated or improperly cleaned.
Add some vegetables to the dish
Even though Eid-ul-Adha is simply known as meaty Eid, you do not necessarily have to apply that literally. If you want to stay healthy during Eid-ul-Adha and enjoy it, it’s not a good idea to restrict your diet to only proteins.
So, include wholesome foods like vegetables in the mix. Prepare stir-fried vegetables, grill or broil some alongside the meat. By consuming these wholesome vegetables with the meat, you are supplying your body with the fiber it needs. The fiber also helps to avoid heartburn in addition to constipation, which is inevitable if all you eat is meat.
Fiber offers the diet more bulk, which makes you feel more satisfied. As a result, it aids in preventing overstuffing. Additionally, the classic pairing of meat and veggies is one that, when done well, results in a delicious supper.
Avoid fried foods and soft drinks
You might be tempted to fry the beef pate to create a truly fantastic burger, but resist the desire. Though fresh meat is already hefty, frying it makes the flesh even heavier due to the added fat. It gets more calorically dense and is, therefore, more difficult for your body to process.
Stick to alternate methods of preparing meat instead of regretting the time you choose to fry the meat and experiencing epic amounts of heartburn. The enjoyment of eating fried meatballs may only last a short while, but the weight they will make you gain will take a lot of work to lose. So, exercise caution.
The cool colas and other chilly soft beverages can be tempting, especially after a particularly spicy meaty bite. These soft drinks are calorie-dense, though. They contain a lot of sugar, particularly liquid sugar, which is significantly riskier for the body. Adding soft drinks to the festivities is a terrible idea because we frequently overeat during the Eid celebrations.
Exercise some restraint if you don’t want to spend the Eid celebrations grabbing at your stomach or sobbing on the bathroom floor. The consumption of excessive amounts of red meat in a short period of time might have serious negative effects on your health.
Overindulging in red meat might result in food poisoning, nausea, acid reflux, stomach pain, or pangs. Particularly in those who already have GI disorders, overeating may result in more gastric troubles. Many people have the potential to become ill.
Workout, in an enjoyable way
It is true that it is challenging to get motivated to exercise during the holidays. However, it is advised that you get some exercise, but in a pleasurable way, if you want to digest all those heavy meals and avoid putting on weight during the days of Eid.
Try playing games while barbecuing or having a picnic with your friends and families. Cycling, bouncing a ball around, and engaging in light sports chit-chat with pals are a few great ways to get in some workout. You won’t even notice that you’re exercising!
Because of summer, our body needs more water to combat the heat. Dehydration is another possibility that increases when conditions like diarrhea or vomiting are present. Make sure to keep your portion sizes in check and avoid overeating. Seek prompt medical attention if you experience gastrointestinal problems.
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.