TTK Prestige wishes Ramadan Mubarak to all of you!

TTK Prestige Wishes Ramadan Mubarak To all of you.

 

We all know the holy month of Ramadan has begun, a month where Muslims around the world fast from sunrise to sunset. Ramadan begins after the month of Shaban, after the new moon has been sighted. According to Islamic Lunar Calender Ramadan is the ninth month and believed it is the month in which the Quran was revealed. Do you know the word Ramadan, is derived from an Arabic word 'ramida' or 'arramad', which means intense heat and dryness, especially related to the ground, as this holy month takes place in summer. The month of Ramadan lasts for 29 or 30 days depending on the sighting of the moon. During this period the Muslims who fast are not allowed to eat or drink anything, including water from dawn to dusk.

 

During Ramadan, Muslims have dedicated meals; the Suhoor which is served before sunrise and Iftar which is served after breaking their fast in the evening. The kind of food served after breaking the fast varies from region to region but dates are the favorite among all. Many Muslims break their fast by eating dates before beginning the Iftar meal. Prophet Muhammad once said, 'A house without dates has no food'. So Muslims continue his tradition and break their fast 'Iftar' with dates.

 

Both of the Suhoor and Iftar meals contain fresh fruits, dried fruits, vegetables, halal meats, bread, cheeses, and sweets. Some of the most favourite food cooked are Paomo - a soup which is prepared from mutton and served along with bread, Ramzan Kebabi - a dish made with lamb adding onions, yogurt and pita bread, Fattoush - a salad made of vegetables and pita bread, Chorba - a lamb stew cooked with tomatoes and chickpeas and many more delicious cooked food to relish during the Ramzan month. The meals are served either at home with family, or in the community mosques, or other designated places within the Muslim community.

 

Here are few tips to be taken care while fasting on Ramzan:-

  • Eat normal portioned nutritious meals before sunrise and after sunset
  • Avoid foods high in fat, salt and sugar. Also avoid fried and spicy foods as they may cause heartburn or indigestion.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to keep yourself well hydrated
  • During the hottest part of the day, stay indoors or in areas under the shade. Rest if possible.
  • Avoid exercise during fasting times - if you want to do it, consider doing so after Iftar. Light exercise such as walking for 15-20 mins in the evening is recommended.
  • Avoid caffeine-based drinks such as tea, coffee and cola. Caffeine is a diuretic and stimulates faster water loss through urination. Always quench your thirst with a glass of water.

 

While Ramadan is a festive time of the year, it has the potential to negatively impact one's health. At times when you are not fasting (after Iftar), maintaining a balanced diet is a must. Eating at night, rather than during the day affects the body's metabolism, thus increasing the risk of weight gain. Fasting can also lead to cravings for foods that are high in sugar and fat, which can impact your waistline. Power foods like whole grains, barley, wheat, oats, whole grain rice and legumes, fruits, vegetables like potatoes and other complex carbohydrates are a must, as these remain in your system for a longer time while you are fasting, making you feel less hungry.