No water or food for fourteen hours in a row, from sunrise to sunset. Then the breaking of the fast at nightfall, and one or two other food intakes before dawn.
A food often richer and more abundant than in normal times, consumed at times usually devoted to sleep. Such is the rhythm of the month of Ramadan, which ends with Eid el Fitr, the festival that marks the final end of the fast.
But after such a break with the usual rhythm, how to get your body back on the road? Gently and gradually, advise nutritionists, so as not to rush the digestive system.
Thus, in the first days of returning to normal and his three daily meals, “avoid overflowing with sugar in the morning” recommends Dr. Houda Larzak to the Moroccan online news site Opinion. The Rabat-based diabetologist and nutritionist continues: “So you have to go easy with starchy foods and other fatty and high-calorie foods.”
Help the digestive system
To avoid possible stomach upset, bloating, constipation or diarrhea, opt for easily digestible foods: fish rather than meat, cooked vegetables (low in fat) rather than raw, whole or semi-whole grains , and very ripe fruit.
Also limit soft drinks and stimulants such as tea or coffee: water will be your best ally so that the transition before returning to normal goes as smoothly as possible. Also favor small portions and remember to chew well.
“It is important to gradually resume your diet for a period at least equal to the number of fasting days”, or about thirty for people who have observed the fast in its entirety, specifies the specialist.
Gentle physical activity such as walking is also recommended for a smooth restart of the body.