Eid-Ul-Fitr, one of the biggest religious festivals of Muslims, is celebrated after a month-long fasting in the holy Ramadan. Certainly, it is a beautiful time to celebrate the festival amid much happiness, fanfare and, of course, with various foodstuffs.
Overeating, after a sudden change in food timings on the Eid day, can give rise to certain health problems. More spicy and oily foods are cooked centring the festival. It is difficult to refuse ‘food’ when your host continues to offer you rich food. Besides, this time people take their meals without any routine which either directly or indirectly affects their health. That’s why, the whole body has to do extra work to digest such types of food, resulting in many digestive problems such as nausea, vomiting, upset stomach and indigestion. The liver which is the main power house of human body cannot metabolise the fats properly and the results are an increase in cholesterol levels and deterioration of overall health.
In Islam, overeating is discouraged. It is important to remember that Islam and our Sunnah promote balance and moderation in all things, including our food. To be able to lead a healthy and productive life, one should consume foods in sufficient amount, taking their age, gender and physiological factors into consideration.
Traditional foods like Vermicelli (Semai), Payesh, Firni, Kheer are special treats during Eid and many people tend to overindulge, resulting in ill health. It is important to avoid the temptation to overeat. Eating only one traditional dish at a time, and in small portions, is ideal to prevent weight gain and to remain healthy throughout the celebration time. Fruit salad, yoghurts, puddings are healthier and may be alternatives to theses traditional foodstuffs.
Add less cooking oil and spices in your dishes. Remove the skin and fat from meat and chicken before cooking and limiting the consumption of salt, fried foods and sauces. Cooking methods like frying or barbecuing are not recommended. Try to make baked or boiled meat foods. Include vegetables and salads in your diet. Individuals with diabetes and heart problems are cautioned to avoid over consumption of sweets, carbohydrates and fatty foods, as well as foods that are rich in salt and caffeine. Individuals with existing health conditions are also advised to choose healthy food, such as fruits, vegetables, legumes and to eat smaller portions throughout the day. Patients like diabetics, high blood pressure patients, patients with high uric acid issues, etc should eat meat in very less amount.
Drink enough water. Consumption of soft drinks results in more serious consequences. High level of sugar in soft drinks contributes in harming your health. Instead of soft drinks you can choose lemon water, jeera pani or fresh fruit juices.
And do not disturb your routine activities, as during Eid vacations people take extra rest, which is not good for your overall health.
It is important that you stay healthy during this special occasion so that you can spend meaningful time with your family and friends.