Prepare yourself for Ramadan
Ramadan, the most blessed and exciting month is almost at our doors, so why waste this holy month haphazardly??? Plan ahead and spend it in the shower of blessings. By simply reviewing our below practices we can make a big difference.Eating Habits:
Shifting to a healthy lifestyle is advisable. Concerning your dietary habits, Suppress the urge to munch snacks at odd moments or when you're bored. Avoid snacking and in between meals, shift to whole foods at regular timing. This simple change in habits is advisable throughout the year, so it is good to start a practice and try to keep it up.
Our body processes its food on a daily or even hourly basis, the extra intake is stored as fats. So any extra calories you consume before Ramadan won't delay or avoid hunger, make sure that you taking less fat & more goodness, because during our fasts our bodies will rely on the goodness of the food we eat, not on the quantity.
Start making it a habit to have complex carbohydrate breakfast that releases energy slowly and allows you to stay energized through the day, it include things such as oats and whole grains. In addition, synthetic chemicals like flavor enhancers and sweeteners over-stimulate your taste buds causing you to feel hungry more frequently .These foods mess up with your blood sugar level and hormones including the hormones that help you control stress level, regulate mood and adjust appetite and metabolism.Drinking Habits:
If you have a dependence on caffeine, i.e. tea or coffee, start to prevent now so that you are not dependent on it during Ramadan, try to substitute your drinks with a herbal tea instead, which has a far greater benefit and it isn't addictive.
Drink lots of water, because when fasting, we're slowly being dehydrated over the course of the day, so once we break our fast and during the non-fasting period we need to have foods that put water into our body, not deplete it further. It can be difficult to eat a lot of watermelon or squash, even though they're super-hydrating foods, but you can make juices out of the fruits and soups out of the vegetables to give your body the additional water it needs.
Avoid salty spice mixes and condiments that sneak their way into our rice and meat dishes only to leave us wondering why we're so thirsty afterwards. A great way to break the fast is to enjoy your favorite dates, of course, but also consider having coconut water, or making smoothies, coolers and fruity drinks which are super-hydrating. They can be consumed at the pre-dawn meal before the fasting day begins or at the Iftar (meal at the time of breaking the fast)Sleeping Habits:
It is also advisable to synchronize our sleeping and resting pattern with the day and night cycle, If you have bad sleeping habits, start readjusting your sleep timings now, waking up for Morning Prayer and avoiding too much TV time at night.Lifestyle:
Concerning lifestyles, it is good to gradually prepare our mind along with our body to welcome this holy month through adjusted intention, daily Divine remembrances, charity, connecting family ties, instilling social belonging, investing in our will power (controlling our temper is a good practice to start with), patience (during traffic jam is a good exercise)
Also, do what it takes to keep you organized in Ramadan. Shop for groceries in advance, prepare large batches of food and freeze them, chop vegetables and store them in airtight containers. Organize your home, Room or closet before Ramadan, an organized; clutter free environment will help saving more time during a day.
Prioritize your activities, by postponing some of the less prior activities, you can take out more time and energy for religious rituals. Limit TV watching gradually and prepare your family for the new spirit of Ramadan.
May everyone have blessed, peaceful, healthy and happy time during the month of Ramadan with family & friends (Ameen).