Fasting is the first principle of medicine; fast and see the strength of the spirit reveals itself.’ -Rumi
Ramadan is the holy month in the Islamic calendar for a reason. For me, Ramadan is a month to reset. Besides the religious obligations and traditions, I use this month to reconnect with my body and heal it. intermittent fasting is a new trend and all the celebrities are jumping on it. Yet, it was in our tradition over 1400 years ago as practiced by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), only giving our traditions further proof of the blessings that they are. As a health coach, my clients are constantly telling me that they don’t have the willpower to eat healthily or remove certain foods from their diet. I remind them that for a whole month they abstain from food and water. In the At-Home Ramadan Care Guide E-book we focus on four pillars: Mindfulness, Nutrition & Fasting, Wellbeing and Fitness.
In focusing on the first pillar, Mindfulness, you are creating a positive mindset. Being mindful of yourself and the food you consume is paramount to leading a healthy lifestyle. We’ve all heard the old adage, “ you are what you eat” and this is very true. In giving you the foundation of the four pillars, PurelyB is mindful of the pandemic we are facing and how the uncertainty of it all can have powerful effects on your mind and body. So now, I invite you to try and practice what you can and take from the four pillars what you need the most at this time - make it work for you. Using mindfulness as the first pillar to understand, that you are therefore laying the groundwork for the other pillars to succeed and grow from.
Nutrition & Fasting
I know eating healthy during Ramadan almost sounds like an oxymoron when faced with all the traditional dishes and sweets reserved for this special month. I’m definitely not telling you not to eat those but eat them in moderation and again while practicing mindfulness.It’s important to remember that behind the science of fasting is a mercy that provides for us an innate cleaning of our internal system. It removes toxic proteins from cells, it helps control inflammation and helps boost immunity and on a larger scale, it prompts regeneration of healthy cells.
This all ties into our wellbeing, taking an overlook at our general wellbeing will provide the groundwork we need to stay healthy, energised, and in good spirits not only in Ramadan but as we navigate our new normal in the face of COVID-19. In the At-Home Ramadan Care Guide E-book, we share general and practical advice to help you build a strong immune system. As we know staying well hydrated is crucial to our health as our body is made up of almost 60% water. We’ve included the benefits of staying hydrated along with fruits that have a high hydration percentage.
Lastly movement is a crucial role in our overall wellbeing and essential in providing a strong immune system. Exercise produces powerful endorphins that have been shown to improve mood and decrease feelings of depression, stress, and anxiety. It can be any type of movement, yoga, strength training, pilates, or even running after the kids at home...did someone say dance party!? Make it fun and enjoyable and you’ll be guaranteed to keep the momentum going.
In light of the current global pandemic - this imposed stay home order is stressful, confusing, and can leave you feeling unstable. Take this Ramadan month as a self-retreat you wouldn’t normally have had the luxury of taking. After all it’s all about perspective!
Happy Ramadan from me to you