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Preparing yourself for Ramadan

As Ramadan is coming soon, some of us will experience some problems like headache, dizziness, or tiredness. Planning for Ramadan and getting ready before some time will make the transition to fasting much easier.

Usually, those who are used to smoking, drinking large amounts of caffeine, or having breakfast regularly are those who find it the hardest.

By following some simple tips, these problems can be minimized and you will enjoy healthy fasting, that is why our team in Lina’s and Dina’s diet center start to give you some tips about fasting before this holy month begins and try to help you to start fasting well prepared.

Some of these tips:

Reduce coffee intake

If you are a coffee-lover and do not want to have a headache during the first days of Ramadan, start reducing your caffeine intake at least two weeks before Ramadan, and try to delay its time gradually if you are used to taking it early in the morning.

Reduce smoking gradually

If you are a smoker, starting Ramadan unprepared, will cause you some issues like irritability, anger, and difficulty concentrating while fasting. That is why you should start to reduce smoking during the day before Ramadan to mimic what happens while fasting. Also, this holy month might be an opportunity to quit such unhealthy bad habit.

Start fasting some days voluntarily

The best way to prepare yourself for fasting for a whole month is to start fasting a few days before. Like fasting Mondays and Thursdays a month before. This will give you control over your actions, appetite, and desires.

Try intermittent fasting

Intermittent fasting is now one of the most health trends worldwide. Due to its effect on body hormones and brain, many people use it to lose weight or simply to have a healthy lifestyle.

Intermittent fasting is having periods of fasting (usually 16 to 20 hours), and periods of eating (4 to 8 hours). Try to follow this eating plan before Ramadan starts by delaying your breakfast time gradually and this will help to have smoother fasting.

Usually, those how follow intermittent fasting eat 2 meals per day as they have less time to consume their body needs, that is why we in Lina’s and Dina’s offer the lifestyle program that includes 2 main meals and 1 snack, to know more about this program you can check this link.

Edit by: Dietitian Reham