Common eating mistakes people make in Ramadan

KarhiAs the Holy month of Ramadan-ul-Mubarak showers its blessings upon Muslims the world over great feasts and festivities are planned around Suhoor (keeping fast) and Iftaar (breaking fast) time. From kababs, samosas and pakoras to fresh juice and Rooh Afza, and anything in between, it usually is a feast fit for king! However, health should be of prime concern even in this Holy month.

It is expected that more than one billion Muslims around the world will observe fast in the holy month of Ramadan from June 18 for the next 29 or 30 days as Ramadan is considered the third pillar of Islam.

The philosophy behind this Holy month is that one should abstain from food, sex, bad language and bad behavior. It teaches one to control one’s desires, no matter how strong, to eat and drink and have sex and use abusive language. The philosophy behind fasting is…control! If you eat less or in a controlled manner you will not put on weight and you will be free of afflictions. A balanced diet keeps many ailments away a fact established 1400 years ago!

Common mistakes people make in Ramadan:

1. Drinking “Rooh Afza” on a daily basis.

Why: It contains high amounts of sugar, additives and colorants.

Solution: If you have to, drink it twice a week maximum.

2. Drinking large amounts of water at Iftaar time.

Why: Filling the stomach with water is more strenuous food.

Solution: Have a few sips at Iftaar then a glass after every two hours.

3. Exercising directly after Iftaar.

Why: The body’s blood flow is concentrated around the stomach at that time.

Solution: Exercise after two hours of eating to ease digestion.

4. Chewing and swallowing food fast.

Why: chewing food slowly can speed up digestion and help maintain your weight.

5. Having dessert directly after Iftaar.

Why: It makes you drowsy and sleepy.

Solution: Leave at least a two hour gap between Iftaar and dessert to stay fresh and awake for prayers.

6. Consuming foods with high amounts of sodium.

Why: Sodium triggers thirst through out the fasting hours of the day.

Solution: Instead, eat food that is high in potassium, it retains water and suppresses your thirst. Bananas are high in potassium. A banana at Suhoor time can control your thirst level throughout the day.

Best sources of potassium for Suhoor time: Bananas, milk, dates, avocados, dried peaches, pistachios, pumpkin , peas, dark chocolate.

Worst choices for Suhoor: Biryani, kabab, pizza, fast food in general, cheese, haleem.

Best choices for Suhoor: Potato, rice, dates, whole grain bread, banana.

Copyright TJH, 2015

Muslims observe Holy month of Ramadan world over

Holy-RamadanThe Holy month of Ramadan-ul-Mubarak has begun for Muslims all over the world. It is the month of abstinence and worship when eating, drinking, sex (even with wife), bad behavior and language is forbidden during the fast (not that it should be the norm otherwise either!). The month begins when the new moon, signalling the beginning of the Holy month is sighted, and Muslims celebrate with prayers and Tarawih (extra prayers performed by Sunni Muslims at night in the Islamic month of Ramadan).

Earlier, the Pakistan Meteorological Department of Pakistan while observing the sighting of the moon said the first day of Ramadan will be observed on Friday.

The Ruet-e-Hilal Committee of  Pakistan met on Wednesday to sight the moon but they had received no evidence.

On Wednesday, provincial religious committees were also busy sighting the moon in different cities across the country.

Earlier, Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court announced that Thursday, June 18 will be the first day of the Muslim holy month Ramadan.

Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan and Turkey were also expected to observe the first day of Ramadan on June 18.

It is expected that more than one billion Muslims around the world will observe fast in the holy month of Ramadan from June 18 for the next 29 or 30 days as Ramadan is considered the third pillar of Islam.

Copyright TJH, 2015

The world celebrates Earth Hour to affect climate change

Earth Hour was celebrated all over the world on March 28 with a pledge to curb climate change. All extra lights and appliances were turned off in government offices and buildings in countries like Pakistan to celebrate Earth Hour. Earth Hour was observed between 8:30pm and 9:30pm Pakistan Standard Time (PST). March 28 has been established as Earth Hour day all over the world.

If you want to use your power to affect climate change go to www.earthhour.org and join an event near you. Remember!…Every member counts! So do visit the website and join other members the world over to make a difference.

Copyright TJH, 2015

PTI closes down Lahore in protest of 2013 general elections

Imran Khan

PTI chief Imran Khan addressing rally in Lahore

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), on Monday, staged sit-ins in the Pakistani eastern city of Lahore blocking all major roads and junctions to protest against alleged rigging in 2013 general elections.

They burnt tyres and forced local businesses to shut down shops and offices. Public transport was also affected as they forced closure of buses, taxis and rickshaws in certain parts of the city.

PTI chief Imran Khan says he will end protests if new judicial commission formed in 48 hours

Imran Khan

PTI chief Imran Khan addressing rally in Lahore

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) supporters, on Friday, closed down Karachi blocking major roads staging sit-ins at more than 18 different locations including 10 major ones to protest against alleged rigging in 2013 general elections. Major locations, which paralyzed the city included Native Jetty, Kala Pul, Teen Talwar, Numaish, Five Star, Hasan Square, Nursery, Star Gate, Qayyumabad, Super and National highways.

How a proper winter skincare regimen can help you save face this season

How a proper winter skincare regimen can help you save face this seasonThe fall-to-winter transition brings harsher climates with drops in temperature and punishing winds across the country. Clothing and accessories will help protect most parts of your body but your face will almost always remain exposed, which can lead to skin damage if it’s not properly cared for.

How to turn a girl off in 7 seconds [Inforgraphic]

Did you know sweat and stench are one way to turn a girl off in seven seconds or less? Eighty-three percent of women say smelling bad is the biggest turnoff when meeting a guy, yet 40 percent of guys say they don’t feel socially insecure about body odor and sweating. Yikes.

10 questions to ask before hiring your wedding photographer

10 questions to ask before hiring your wedding photographerSome moments are simply too important to trust to a camera phone.

Your wedding will be one of the most memorable times of your life and no one can capture it better than a professional photographer. So how do you find the right one? As you begin the interview process, here are 10 questions to help you determine if you’ve found the best photographer for your wedding.

4 small diet changes that can make a big difference

4 small diet changes that can make a big differenceThe new year is a great time to start fresh. Many people commit to exercise more, stress less or make healthier food choices. Incorporating small, sustainable changes, versus dramatic, large-scale lifestyle shifts, can make it much easier to stick to your resolutions. This year, instead of overhauling your entire diet, resolve to improve your health with simple tweaks to your everyday meal and snacking routine.

Ask the Pharmacist: Exercise tips your heart will love

Exercise tips your heart will loveA regular exercise routine is an important component of heart health, yet less than one-third of Americans get the minimum 30 minutes of daily exercise five days a week, as recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA). Nationally, as many as 250,000 deaths annually are attributable to a lack of regular physical activity.

5 New Year’s resolutions too simple to overlook

If you make New Year’s resolutions, you’re not alone. About half of Americans make special goals for each new year, according to University of Scranton research. Unfortunately, you’re also not alone if you break them, as only 8 percent of people are successful in achieving their resolution. Why do so many people fail, and furthermore, what’s the secret to success?

Navy Medical Reserve provides a great career option for medical students

Navy Medical Reserve provides a great career option for medical students

Vietnam, Japan and U.S. doctors access a patient, at Da Nang General hospital, and share treatment ideas as part of Pacific Partnership 2014.

The schooling needed to become a doctor is extensive and expensive. There are four years of undergraduate studies, four years in a medical school, and then several years of residency, depending on the medical field the student wants to pursue. For doctors who want to pursue a specialized field, a fellowship is also needed, and this can add another one to three years of schooling.

ChatClick here to chat!+
INVITING CONTRIBUTORS