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Top 5 Ramadan Tips from The TFF Family!

ramadan Mar 30, 2022

Top 5 Tips for Ramadan.

As Ramadan approaches, TFF Fitness have asked their members to share some tips and advice to help you have a more successful and easier Ramadan.

Not all tips shared are necessarily to do with health and fitness as we felt that the members could share their best practices.

1. A great time for families to come together and spiritual reflection.

It’s no secret that we live in busy times and that it’s hard to get the family all together at the dinner table for a meal. Ramadan has the beautiful effect of bringing the family unit together for the main meal of the day which is seen by most psychologists as a very important habit for healthy, well grounded families and children.

TFF Member M. Uddin says that Iftar is not only a great time to get the family together for dinner but to also get together and reflect on spirituality. A practice that is often overlooked in our busy schedules.

2. When it feels hard.

TFF Member, Brother Muhammed Swaleh’s tip is to remind ourselves of verse 286 from chapter 2 of the Qur’an, Surah Al-Baqarah which translates to, “Allah does not require more from the soul that it can endure” meaning that whatever we are going through, it is never more than we can endure.

Sometimes, when Fasting seems hard, remember, Allah did not give us trials or expectations that were too much to ask from us  

3. Stay Hydrated

 

Isn’t it often the case that when we’re fasting during Ramadan, it isn’t so much the hunger that causes us to struggle as is the thirst? Especially since Ramadan has been falling on warmer days during summer and late spring. Whilst we always advocate to stay hydrated, TFF Member Bilal shared a great tip, in fact, it’s a tool! To stay adequately hydrated, Sip water between Rakaats during Tarawih prayers. He even shared this awesome water bottle his sister bought him! I’m sure these can be found easily online!
 

4. Avoid Fried Foods

This one was a tip shared by both Irfaan Qadri and Hussein K. And, whilst it was slightly facetious in nature given that Irfaan shared a quote he made up in Urdu, “​​Ramzan me kebab pakore samosa ka deedaar bhi najaiz he” (translated to, It’s also forbidden to look at a kebab, pakora or samosa during ramadan!), there is some wisdom in this.

Let’s be honest, Very often, we traditionally break our fast with deep fried foods such as samosas, bhajias, Pakoras etc. We could be more mindful and make sure that we break our fasts with foods that nourish the body. After all, you’ve abstained from food, why not make sure the food you eat is good for you?


5. Start with a good Sehri

Yaseen Jannar from TFF reminds us of the importance of a nutritious Suhur/Sehri. Making sure you eat a nourishing meal that will keep you energised throughout the day is key without going overboard. 

Remember, you've got a long day ahead of you without food or water. With Sehri time being just before 5am and then gradually getting earlier throughout the days ahead, you'll want to make sure you get hydrated. Make sure to drink water and, if you're caffeine dependant, a coffee would be advisable to avoid headaches.

As for the meal itself, ensuring you're getting a combination of protein, good fats and adequate carbohydrates is always important.

Eggs can provide a good source of fats and proteins as can meats and fish dishes
Oats provide sustained energy and carbohydrates for energy throughout the day.
Protein supplements can also help boost the protein level in your meal, especially if you find it hard to eat a meal. A protein shake blended with some good fats like nut butter or avocado and some oats and greens like spinach could be a good choice. 

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