Fasting and praying is a deep rooted part of our culture. Almost every woman and man, alike fast during the holy months of Shravan and Ramadan, eating just one meal a day. Eating is a necessity for our body, helping the body metabolic activities to function in accordance for maintaining our good health. But when people fast, they disrupt their regular eating habits which if not done rightly may also affect their health. Fasting helps our body get rid of all the toxins but also may lead to several conditions such as acidity, gastrentitis, bloating and also weakness. Thus, it is important that while you fast, you also follow a proper healthy schedule to ensure that your fasting doesn’t have an unhealthy effect on your body. Apart from eating the right things, you also have to focus on your everyday habits such as drinking water, etc. So, in order to stay healthy during fasting, here are a few tips that you should follow.
Preparing yourself Spiritually and Physically!
If you are not physically and spiritually prepared for fasting, you can put your health at a risk. Thus, before you start fasting, it is important that you consult a doctor, take the right advice and then commence fasting. Ask for all the cautions and health risks that are involved with your fasting.
People who suffer from anaemia, weakness, behavorial disorder, kidney conditions, diabetes, heart diseases or other chronic health problems should not fast.
Once you are all good for fasting, begin your fasting with a small prayer, asking god’s blessings to help you complete the fasting without any hindrance. Keep your mind and soul calm, relaxed and absolutely peaceful. More the anxiety, more will you get mentally disturbed during the fasting.
Plan your Schedule
During the fasting, make sure you follow a simple everyday schedule of all the work that you have to do in a day. Follow the schedule cautiously so that you don’t have to burn extra calories to repeat the tasks again and again. Avoid doing any sort of strenuous exercises as that can cause fatigue and also lead to certain health risks, especially if you are not too healthy.
Follow basic but important everyday routines. They also have a major effect on you and your health. For instance, brushing your teeth at night, drinking a lot of water, Sleeping in time, Eating a proper balanced sized meal, avoiding caffeine, etc.
Start your day with a healthy breakfast of whatever you are allowed to eat in the morning. Choose banana and milk for sustenance. At meal time, if can have a bowl of fruits and dry fruits along with some curd. Drink water all through the day to balance the body’s water requirement. Also, avoid drinking tea or coffee as they can lead to dehydration. Also avoid carbohydrate intake though out the day as they only give you temporary energy and do not fill your stomach during the fast.
If you are prescribed certain everyday medications, make sure you have them only after having a little amount of food that you are allowed during fasting. Never avoid medicines and never take your medicines empty stomach, unless they are supposed to be.
When you have your one time meal, make sure you have everything, but in a little amount. Include proteins, carbs, fats and minerals, into your diet. Have a little salad, some sprouts, veggies, bread, rice, cereals, curd or buttermilk and something sweet. A proper and balanced meal will help you prepare your body for yet another day’s fasting.
Breaking the Fast
When you break your fast, make sure you d it slowly. Don’t just start eating food like a maniac. Start by eating little amounts of protein and carbs. Take in salads and then follow with small amounts of other food items that you like. Eating too much after a long fast, can actually make your feel sick. So, go slow and eat only a desired amount.