It’s been a few days of fasting, and if you are anything like me, your body is only starting to slowly adjust to the rhythm of going without food almost all day.
You get to work on the first day and you realise that you are going to have to face the day without coffee. Or that you can’t grab lunch while running errands and you are physically tired.
And thanks to summer, fasting hours are so long you just want to lay somewhere till iftar.
It’s certainly not the easiest time to fast, but we all are going to ace this and get as much barakah as we can, insha-Allah.
So, what do you do when you are running on little food for approximately 17 hours, for example? How do you manage to stay upright and not want to be in a plank pose throughout the day?
Let’s look at what we eat, and how we manage our energy for this month. So that we are not one of those people ready to collapse due to thirst and hunger come iftar time.
- Chose healthy meals
I know that it is tempting to want to eat everything in sight as soon as it’s iftar or sahur, but will your body really benefit from all that fast food that you picked up on your way back from work?
Or all the samosas that you’ve been prepping? I know fried food, cakes and sweets are part of the Muslim lifestyle in Ramadan and it is hard for people to stay away from eating them but hey, better to be healthy with strength than to be stuffed with sugar and fat and get tired midway into your fast.
“Eat of the good and wholesome things that We have provided for your sustenance, but indulge in no excess therein.” (Qur’an 20:81)
Remember how as a kid your parents would try to get you to eat more veggies? (lucky you if that never happened to you). Now is the time to choose those veggies yourself. Go for meals that contain whole grains, protein, fat (the good kind), vegetables and fruits.
I know pizza is a quick fix if you live alone, but resist the temptation. Real healthy food will give you more energy for the long day ahead.
- Get enough Rest
Anyone who has a full-time job or active toddlers to look after will probably wonder how they can get even more rest within their already full schedule.
But really, one of the keys to not only surviving long fasting days but also thriving is to get as much rest as you can. If you live in the United Kingdom right now, you have less than seven hours from iftar to the end of Sahur.
As tempting as it is after a long day, don’t spend those hours just eating or winding down. Observe your prayers and get some sleep so that you can easily wake up for tahajjud before the fajr prayers.
Take a break from social media and go to bed early. Lol, I can’t believe that I’m giving that advice but this is Ramadan and we want to spend our time and energy productively so that we can perform our Ibadah with maximum focus.
So…get some rest and rejuvenate your beautiful self, your body will thank you!
- Conserve your Energy
How do you conserve energy when you are expected to show up at work or school every day and work as normal?
Or how do you conserve energy when your toddler is as naughty as ever and keeps turning the house upside down?
For me, now is the time to audit what I do during the day. The places I visit, and generally what I spend my time on. It is part of a good Islamic lifestyle to ensure that what I spend my time on, especially in Ramadan, is beneficial for me.
If it’s not important to be there, then it is just going to have to wait till after Ramadan.
If you want to be productive during long hours of fasting, without exerting yourself, then you need to save your energy for things that are beneficial.
So…to wrap this up, I know that it takes a lot of faith and forbearance to wake up every day determined to worship Allah (swt) and fast for long hours. That is why it is important for us to help ourselves by making better nutrition and productivity choices.
Share your tips, love to hear them.