Don’t Skip Sahur
When the process of fasting begins during the month of Ramadan, the first meal of the day is one usually consumed just before dawn, also known as sahur. The purpose of this meal is to help provide a smooth and healthy transition between the periods of fasting and breaking of fast, in addition to help provide an adequate amount of energy needed in order to get through the day. While it is still possible to break fast without consuming a sahur meal, it is not an advisable practice as it leads to an unhealthy extension of the fasting process, as well contributing to increased feelings of hunger, fatigue and dehydration.
Even though fasting has proven to provide many health benefits, it should be noted that the consequences are often unpleasant when not observed with proper preparation. There are many number of individuals who have skipped sahur and do not feel tired or grumpy until it is time to buka puasa, but these are the same group of individuals who tend to overeat during buka puasa due to the need to compensate for the pre-dawn meal that was not consumed, eventually leading to unhealthy weight gain and indigestion-related issues.
As important it is to not skip sahur, it is also imperative to ensure that the meals consumed contain high amounts of fibre, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables as they help offer many nutritious benefits and help the body function normally without wearing out during the fasting period. Adding a vital amount of proteins and healthy fats also help us to feel satisfied with a balanced pre-dawn meal.