From Fasting to Feasting on Eid

From Fasting to Feasting on Eid

During the holy month of Ramadan, your body was slowly getting used to a routine of receiving foods at specific times during the day.Returning to pre-Ramadan food habits may cause a shock to your body's system and may trigger a whole host of unexpected surprises.

With Ramadan drawing to a beautiful close, we've got Eid al-Fitr, a holiday dedicated to feasting right around the corner to give us yet another reason to be happy for no reason in particular and just celebrate life itself!

This festival of the breaking of the fast serves as the light at the end of the tunnel after a long and challenging month of fasting and abstaining, with the formal moon-sighting in the evening.

What better excuse could you search for, aside from such a glorious occasion to eat to your heart's content, give alms to the poor, wear new clothes and take countless selfies with long lost relatives?

If you've been training with us for a while now, I'm sure the compliments have been coming rolling in, and we're really glad for you.

Now now, before you start to drool over all biscuits, cakes, samosas, pies, tarts and other such "rare indulgences," let's think of ways to do it just right, without adding on that extra fat quotient to each of the dishes. Bearing in mind all the pain your body was subject to during training sessions could serve as a useful reminder to not reverse all the effects of that hard work.

Without further ado, get ready for the gathering that brings together people from all walks of life!

The crux of the problem lies in the aftermath when you find yourself gathering up your insecurities after accidentally overeating during Eid. Some of the undesirable side effects include indigestion, lethargy, heartburn, and the much-dreaded weight gain that comes along with it.
The price you end up paying comes with an added interest in the search for a slightly larger clothing size and ends up subtracting a lump-sum (and then some) of your overall self-confidence.

Each day matters in this fitness journey, and unfortunately, our digestive system doesn't have the privilege of going on vacation for too long, for it must get back to functioning at factory pace to keep up with our quick to grab hands and loud munchy mouths.

During the holy month of Ramadan, your body was slowly getting used to a routine of receiving foods at specific times during the day.Returning to pre-Ramadan food habits may cause a shock to your body's system and may trigger a whole host of unexpected surprises. The first step to help your body gradually adjust is to try eating your main meals during Eid at timings that are close to Ramadan's Iftar and Suhour.

This post seeks to help you gently ease back into your usual routine of eating three regularly timed meals after the change in eating habits during Ramadan. I've curated a few tips and listed them below for you to follow, so you have a happy and healthy Eid this year!

TIP #1 Ditch The Salt and Sugar

The underlying principle lies in modifying recipes to see how you can decrease the overall fat content. Even if it means consuming less salt or cutting down on the sugar, Eid will retain its sweetness in spirit.

Before your Fajr prayers, make sure to eat something, like a few dates. Substituting white sugar with honey or dates syrup would enhance overall taste and is a much healthier choice.

Did you know that garnishes like parsley, thyme, rosemary, coriander powder, pepper powder, chili powder and lemon juice could actually replace the need for excessive salt in almost any recipe? Try it out yourself!

TIP #2  On Preventing Problems Of Indigestion And Heartburn

Eating large, heavy meals at one go can create gastric problems.
The trick is to train your body to eat small and frequent meals at regular timings during the day. Monitoring your portion sizes even as you see the spread of treats will decrease the chances of having indigestion and heartburn.Have bits of everything and control your impulse to overeat from the get-go.

Fresh fruit or leafy greens although seemingly out of place at this party could appear fashionably late onto your plate as appetizers. They would speed up your metabolism and get your digestive system up and running.

Adding some zero-fat yogurt into the mix is likely to reduce the prospect of indigestion.After prayers, it is recommended to have something light such as Badaam milk or Laban.Your stomach will thank you at the end of the day.

TIP #3 Adjust The Intensity Of Exercise

Gradually ease back into old habits of exercising consistently. Maintain the fitness levels you’ve worked hard to build up before your muscles start to reduce in tonicity.

This can be achieved by listening to your body and setting realistic challenges for yourself. Get active when your energy levels are high.Otherwise, it can leave you feeling unnecessarily drained, rather than invigorated and refreshed post-workout.

TIP #4 Increase Liquid Intake

Help your digestive system do its job by drinking more fluids in between meals. Drinking coconut water can also help with your fluid balance.

By all means, avoid soda to wash down your food. Do not fall prey to the common myth that fizzy drinks help with digestion.They contain way too much sugar and are extremely unhealthy.

If water is too boring an alternative, drink some lemonade with mint leaves or sip on that green tea like a boss.

TIP #5 Flex Those Self-control Guns

Go house hopping, to different Eid parties to try dishes that are popular with Muslims from various countries and heritages.This gives you extra time to digest the food slowly and can limit your portion size. The idea is that hostesses know that people party-hop, so portions are made smaller. Likewise, going from home to home gives you more time to digest and start fresh conversations, which will also limit how much you eat.

Exercising self-control around a spread of deliciously prepared treats is certainly easier said than done. The starting point lies in the intention to shift the focus of Eid from merely being about feasting on food, to an opportunity to make memories with family and friends.

These small adjustments make such a big difference to calorie intake and digestion.The easiest way to make each bite worth it, would be to cut down all other sources of oils and fats from your daily intake. This trick won't ensure that you'll be guilt free after giving up and caving into your sweet cravings, but it will certainly lessen the blow on your stomach's recovery.

Armoured with these useful tips, you can feast away on delicately cooked dishes, small treats, and copious amounts of drinks this Eid!

Have a nutritious and healthy Eid and remember to enjoy while keeping in mind that iTrain's regular exercise routine will always back you up!

Your dedicated coach,
Mariam Manack,