Fasting: One of the five pillars of Islam. During the Holy month of Ramadan fasting occurs from sunrise (dawn) to sunset along with refraining from sinful behavior. You will even find non-Muslims taking part in the traditional events, however, their reasons may be different and may be about a cleanse or challenge for their mind and body. Whether you decide to participate in Ramadan traditions or not, respect is certainly given to those who celebrate this month of sacrifice.
Ramadan is held for 29-30 days pending on the sightings of the moon’s phases; typically new moon to new moon. During these days many sacrifices are made but you should not sacrifice the health of your body and mind. Take this time to rejuvenate your body and transform it.
Here are three simple tips that anyone can manage to keep during Ramadan:
- Nutrition is the most important factor in transforming your body. Despite fasting, many people actually gain weight during Ramadan. Follow these few simple rules to help you stay on track:
- Eliminate processed foods – specifically high salty fats
- Eat your veggies – high fiber quantity
- Add a high-quality lean protein source (e.g. lentils, beans, low-fat dairy, tofu)
- Include good sources of fat (e.g. nuts/seeds, avocado, omega 3’s)
- Drink water and drink extra when working out
- Fitness, a minimum of 20-30 minutes a day. Adding a variety of different styles of fitness will keep your body on it’s “toes”:
- Sleep, it does a body good! Our bodies function best on a minimum of seven hours of sleep. Studies show that lack of sleep can cause an increase in your appetite hormone and a decrease in the hormone that helps you feel full and burn fat.
Your body will be jumping for joy and celebrating its new and healthier you by following these few simple rules for the next 30 days (and beyond). You may even surprise yourself with your new absolute best body!