Ramadan is a month to focus on spiritual affair and re-assess our goals in life. It's a month of serenity, contemplation, and generosity. It can also be the perfect month to begin implementing a healthy lifestyle. How? With 17-18 hour fasts and so little time to eat, you really need to focus on what's important: Macro and micronutrients. Things that get you through the next day. Things like whole grain brown rice, fruits, vegetables, eggs, etc.
Ofcourse, everything in moderation - and so long as you're following the 80/20 rule, not a problem! But really, if you eat too much salt, you will feel it the next day. That headache - may be from the lack of hydration from yesterday's Iftar. And with 30 days to try such an intense healthy diet out, make it a keeper!
Healthy eating will not only help you survive the month with more energy and willpower, but it may just give you the fuel you need to focus on your self-transformation on a spiritual level. Ramadan is a month to challenge ourselves and change for the better, after all. Why not start with healthy eating?
P.S. Check out this talk I had at the All in a Day program on CBC about Ramadan.
Sarah Hamdan Registered Dietitian.