Eid-ul-Adha also known as the ‘Feast of Sacrifice’ is one of the important holidays in Islam. The fasting and the holiday last three to four days but it is celebrated by millions of Muslims globally. It is considered one of the holier of two Eids, alongside Eid-al-Fitr or the ‘Festival of Breaking the Fast’. The festival is celebrated after the completion of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. The Muslim community fasts before the commencement of the Eid-ul-Adha. The fasting is done for 10 days and the ‘Fast of Arafah’ is performed on the 9th day that is exactly one day before Eid.
Why Fasting Is Important?
Fasting is only done by the people who are mentally and physically strong to perform it. People who are ill, possess some age concerns or are pregnant abstain from fasting during these days. The major focus of fasting is to surrender to the higher authority who is the creator. During Eid, fasting is important due to many reasons:
- To understand the pain of hunger and thirst
- To be grateful to Almighty
- The purpose is to purify your soul that is bound in this physical body
- Choose health over binge eating and put a control on your cravings
The fasting prevails patient, discipline, and yielding among the masses. Moreover, this is a great way to detoxify your body, cleanse the human body, improve organ functioning, and get rid of harmful toxins. So, it is necessary to opt for a healthy diet to prevail mental health well-being too.
Tips To Stay Healthy During Eid-ul-Adha
- Eat Smart
To avoid overeating and wastage of food, it is necessary to exercise portion control. So, eat a healthy diet by measuring the diet portion with your hand. Your meal must include protein intakes like fish, chicken, and beans. One palm-sized is fine for women and two palm-sized for men. A fist-sized portion of vegetables for women and two fist-sized portions are for men. You can take thumb-sized fat as peanut sauce for women and men can take two-thumbed-sized portions.
- Take Healthy Breakfast
Maintain your health by taking a healthy diet and food that streamline your calorie, fat, carbohydrates, and protein levels. The amount of diet should be less in the first few days when you end with fasting. You can take the cereals, oats, bread, seasonal fruits, etc. in your breakfast. This will gradually put you in the pre fasting cycle, and boost your energy levels too.
- Check Your Sugar Intake
We all crave sweets after the Eid-ul-Adha fasting. On Eid, it’s known that people crave sweets to celebrate the holy festival. So, why not give your dessert cravings with jaggery-made sweets, you can eat anjeer, seasonal fruits, dates or Khajoor, and raisins. Instead of satiating your sweet tooth with candies, chocolates, or any other type of dessert, it is good if you opt for these healthy options. Moreover, you should not go for aerated or sugary drinks too as they can mess with your digestion.
- Stay Hydrated
During fasting, an enormous amount of glycogen level is disturbed in our bodies. So, get your basic functioning back by staying hydrated. Drinking plenty of water will also make you feel energetic and fresh, and you can enjoy the Holy Eid with your family and friends without falling sick.
- Do Some Physical Exercise
As it is necessary to maintain your health during the fasting days, so it is important to perform some exercises or even go for a little bit of morning and evening walks. This will manage your appetite; helps digest calorie intake and your food as a whole. Mild exercises during the fasting days can help with proper digestion too.
Eid is the holy month and you must enjoy it with a healthy diet intake. You must not give way to your cravings to disturb your internal organs. Practice portion eating, stay hydrated and exercise to come back to normal. From the Get Healthy Bits team, we wish you a prosperous and healthy Eid!