These are 10 ways to prepare your body to endure fasting the day during Ramadan, with a lower appetite, and an energetic body!
1. Shrink your portions
Begin eating your meals with lesser, moderate quantities, to avoid the increasing appetite while fasting during the holy month!
2. It’s breakfast O’clock
During Ramadan, we wake up early for Suhoor, some of us stay up late till the morning before fasting begins. Try not to skip this pre-dawn meal, and start mimicking your day by having your breakfast early in the morning!
3. Do not Chum
Do not snack, have 3 main meals, so during Ramadan, you cut off only one.
4. Coffee, It’s time to part
If you are best friends with caffeine, and you do not want to endure a pounding headache during the beginning of Ramadan, start reducing your caffeine intake, or switch to decaf!
5. Wean off smoking
Smokers will experience withdrawal symptoms : irritability, anger, restlessness, impatience… etc. during Ramadan. If you are a smoker, try not to smoke by day to mimic what will happen when you fast.
Practice Ramadan by having voluntary fast days to help you adapt.
7. Reset your biological clock
Start regulating your sleep to what it will look like during the month of Ramadan. You will need to wake up early for Suhoor, maybe have an afternoon nap, and sleep early.
8. Stock up
Plan your meals before Ramadan to save yourself from the hassle. Decide on your meals, ingredients, and go grocery shopping!
9. No salty things
Cut off too much salt, use spices and tamari in small amounts instead, to avoid thirst.
10. Modify your exercises
Regular gentle exercise will help your energy levels stay up during the holy month. Fasting normally slows up our metabolism, making it harder to stay fit. Try walking, swimming or yoga, preferably in the morning to stay flexible.