Author: Mariam Lakdawala- (Registered Dietician)
Ramadan is believed to be a month of fasting and feasting. It involves being without food and water from sunrise until sunset. The meal consumed before sunrise is called ‘sehri’ or ‘suhoor’ and the meal after sunset is called ‘iftar’.
This year the holy month of Ramadan has fallen during the peak of summer, hence the fasting hours are long and the summer heat leads to a lot of water loss from the body.
E.g. of complex carbohydrates: Whole wheat rotis/ brown bread, oats, museli, whole grains, etc.
E.g. of protein rich foods: Egg, milk, soy milk, curds, chicken/ fish, etc.
E.g. Grilled chicken wrap/ sandwich with vegetables, Roti/ Rice + Chicken/ egg/ fish gravy (onion-tomato based) + salads/ fruits.
Unfortunately nowadays feasting in Ramadan has become a vogue, people go gaga over trying different types of foods available in various khau gally’s. These foods are generally very high in fat, sodium and sugars and end up overshadowing the benefits and purpose of fasting during this holy month.
Thus along with fasting and praying, it is very important to take care of your body which is a beautiful gift of god.
Dr. Aparna Govil Bhasker is an accomplished Bariatric Surgeon and Laparoscopic GI Surgeon. Extremely passionate about her field of specialization. She completed her MBBS and MS in General Surgery in 2006, from Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (MGIMS), Sewagram. Set up in 1967 by none other than the first health minister of India, Ms. Sushila Nayar, MGIMS is deeply rooted in Gandhian ethics. Read more