We are one week post-Eid yet somehow the treats are never-ending. I blame it on the quarant-Eid baking this year! Most people baked themselves and then had treats dropped off from friends and family. As we go into the summer months, spending the next couple of weeks getting back on track is key to ensure you have a healthy and energized summer. Otherwise, you will get caught up into unhealthy habits and find it difficult to establish a healthy routine.
Here are 5 things to focus on to get back on track:
1. Take advantage of your decreased appetite with religious and intermittent fasting
At this point, you may not have too much of an appetite to eat throughout the day. If you’re surrounded by a lot of treats so you go through your day just snacking on bits and pieces here and there. By now, it’s probably not even because you *want* them but simply because they’re in front of you. The result is decreased energy levels, consuming the wrong balance of macros, and eventually weight gain. Instead, take advantage of your decreased hunger by either completing religious fasts or start intermittent fasting. Religious fasts can include Shawwal fasts, nafl fasts, make up fasts, or other Sunnah fasts.
In order to gain the benefits of intermittent fasting, all you have to do is have your first meal at 12PM and not eat anything after 8PM. These timings will provide you with some structure and also prevent late night snacking!
2. Eat at least one salad a day
Most people are just not eating enough veggies in a day. Regardless of which diet you are following, you NEED MORE VEGGIES! After a week of sugar overload, your body definitely needs the nutrients from a salad. Learn how to make the perfect salad here. The key is to incorporate a variety of colours of veggies to ensure you are getting a variety of nutrients.
3. Remember to drink up
The last thing you will remember during the day is taking a sip of water! That’s because after a month of fasting, you’re just not used to reaching for the water. However, you’re probably not drinking a lot of water at fajr and maghrib time either anymore! So it’s important to remember to drink water throughout the day. Keep a water bottle with you and aim to finish up at least one bottle before noon.
4. Schedule in New Workout Timings
If you were active during Ramadan, you may have scheduled workout timings to suit your fasting schedule. Now, it is important to think about your new schedule for the upcoming summer months. In order to consistently work out, it is important to prioritize your fitness. Schedule in workout timings at least 3-4 times a week.
5. Get Active Daily
Beyond a structured workout 3 times a week, it is important to stay active daily. This will help reduce aches and pains, maintain energy levels, and provide positive mental health benefits as well. It’s important to find something that you will enjoy doing. Whether it’s going for a walk, a bike ride, or just playing with your kids.
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