Fasting and heart conditions
If you are on long-term medication then you should talk to your
GP about whether it is suitable for you to change the amount or
frequency of your medication, so that you can take it outside the
time of the fast.
Ramadan is the perfect time to reflect on your eating and lifestyle
6 tips for a healthier Ramadan
1. Get your 5 a day
Fruit and vegetables are good sources of vitamins and minerals, are
relatively low in calories and also contribute to your fibre and
The dates and juices
traditionally eaten during iftar can count towards two of your
fruit portions, but watch your portion sizes. 150ml of juice and
three dates takes you up to two, and you’ll need to eat different
kinds of fruit and vegetables to make your total up to five.
Read more about eating fruit and vegetables
2. Avoid fatty temptation
When you’re fasting it’s
tempting to get your calories quickly with fried snacks and
Try baked samosas, boiled
dumplings, chapattis made without oil, milk puddings made with semi
skimmed milk and fruit instead. of high-sugar and high-fat foods
such as gulab jamun, rasgulla and balushahi and pakoras, fried
samosas and dumplings.
Find out about high fat foods
3. Spread your meals out
To prevent overeating -
especially at suhoor - try and divide your eating into three meals.
Have a morning meal before your fast starts; a lighter evening meal
when the fast is broken, and then dinner.
4. Leave out the salt
can affect your blood pressure, and make you feel thirsty. Choose
less salty food, such as achars, pickles, papadums, sauces, nuts,
chips and olives. Try using garlic, onions, pepper, lemon, herbs
and spices to flavour food rather than added salt.
Discover the best ways to reduce your salt intake
5. Choose slow carbs
Particularly during Suhoor, basing your meal on slowly digested
carbohydrate foods will help provide you with enough energy for
during the fast. Slow digesting foods include barley, wheat,
oats, millet, semolina, beans, lentils, wholemeal flour and basmati
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6. Quit smoking
Smoking is one of the leading causes of
Coronary Heart Disease and giving up is one of the best things you
can do for your heart health. Cigarettes,
chewing tobacco and shisha are
all very bad for your health – one shisha session is equal to
smoking 100 or more cigarettes.
Smoking, shisha and chewing tobacco - how to stop for
helpful advice on quitting smoking. You can also contact
one of these helpful organisations: