Ramadan is here, and our stomachs are empty. The kitchens are working extra hours this month. Many Muslims will be cooking up a feast almost every day especially the weekends. Probably the most widespread and agreed upon un-official trademark of Ramadan is that the best food of any culture or ethnic Muslim group comes out.
This month is so blessed that even the kitchens are blessed. The food is extra tasty and fulfills our desires after a long day of fasting better than eating your favorite desert outside of Ramadan. In many Muslim countries, everything shuts down during the day but at night, everything is alive, and all the restaurants are packed and dinner tables at homes are full to the max.
This is probably the greatest fitna that effects almost every single Muslim no matter where they live. This is not what Ramadan is for and it is not the way of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
Many of us have heard lectures probably every Ramadan about this issue, but I haven’t heard much solutions. So based on my experience of the past Ramadans, I have come up with some ways I do to change my feasting to moderate eating.
Breaking the Fast:
Water or milk and dates. Seriously that’s it. Don’t go after the palorie, samosa, sambosa, channa, etc.
There are two options:
- Iftar with family/friends or at the Masjid – Delay the main course and eat 3-4 samosa/sambosa/palorie/dates/etc. Once many people are eating you go get your food. Fill half your plate up only (if it’s a normal sized plate). If it’s slightly smaller than normal than fill it 3/4.
- If with just immediate family, use a smaller size plate to put your food on. If you don’t have smaller plates (or they are way too small) fill your normal sized plate with only half of it full.
After Tarweeh Snack (Optional):
This is optional and recommended for those who have high metabolism. I do not because in general I’m pretty skinny so I need to keep my weight stable. I usually have cereal, but if can also have a sandwich or 3-5 samosas/sambosas. If it’s the big samosa, then 1 is enough.
Cereal is pretty much what I eat, since that is what I eat normally for breakfast. Honey Bunches of Oats is highly recommended.
What are some of your ways to eat moderately but still enjoy the good stuff?