Starting in early May, millions of Muslims around the world will observe the month of Ramadan. Ramadan is a time for self-reflection, religious observance and for communities and families to come together. For a full month, many Muslims will dedicate themselves to fasting from sunrise to sunset, during which they refrain from having any food or drink.
Fasting symbolizes cleansing of the soul, inspires self-discipline and empathy for those in need. Not to mention, this sacred time encourages Muslims to carry out acts of generosity.
I’d like to think, that Ramadan is also a time to honour our bodies and our health. This year, Ramadan falls in the spring, and with longer days, the fast in Canada can last for up to 16 hours. For the most part, Muslims will continue with their routine; go to work, attend school and show up for their responsibilities – despite not being able to eat or drink. Understandably, this can trigger fatigue, may affect physical performance, and impact mood. So that mean, following a healthy and balanced eating pattern during Ramadan is key; to help keep you nourished and energized throughout the month.
We’ll explore some of the common questions about healthy eating during Ramadan, and share delicious and healthy Ramadan recipes to give you the sustenance you need, to observe Ramadan and engage in spiritual exploration.
With the holy month of Ramadan starting next week, be sure to read this excellent article which also include recipes by DesiliciousRD (Shahzadi Devje).