When fasting, of course our bodies will begin to adapt to new habits. However, during the fasting month, the body changes both in terms of eating habits, sleep and exercise schedules. Changes in the body when fasting certainly allows our bodies to always adapt to these new habits. If not, then chances are your body will have problems with these changes.
If in previous months we were accustomed to breakfast, lunch and also a long meal and a predetermined exercise schedule. This is different when the fasting month where these times change. For this reason, so that our fasting is smooth and also successful, it would be nice if we prepare ourselves to face changes during fasting. Starting with better living habits and changing our daily food intake is certainly something you have to do.
The most appropriate way to change these habits is by reducing bad habits and also consuming unhealthy foods. If at first you often do some activities that interfere with your health, you are not allowed to do these habits during the fasting month. Some preparations that can certainly change your habits are necessary. Therefore, we will present some things that you need to prepare when facing the fasting month.
Habits That Must Be Changed When Fasting
The bad habits that we usually do, of course, should not be done during the fasting month. This is because the fasting month requires us to refrain from eating and drinking and avoiding several things that can disturb our health. You really have to do some preparations for the fasting month so that your fasting is smooth and successful.
Some preparations for the fasting month that you can do are as follows:
Irregular eating patterns
For those of you who have a bad and irregular diet, of course you shouldn’t do this during the fasting month. Frequently delaying the time to eat is certainly very bad for our digestive system. So, on the contrary, increasing and also exaggerating the portion of the meal is certainly not a good thing for you, especially if you are one of those people who really like to delay eating.
Apart from this, of course your habit of delaying eating can be changed by fasting. During the fasting month, of course we are not advised to delay the time when it is time to eat. When it comes to breaking the fast and also nearing dawn, we must immediately eat and drink. But of course our bodies need adjustments so you have to change your diet to keep fasting smooth.
During the fasting month, you are not required to eat the same amount of food before fasting. However, you can reduce your portion of food slowly or moderately, either breaking the fast or the meal. This is because during the fasting month, the time to eat and drink have been determined so that there is no opportunity for you to delay eating time. Therefore, don’t worry anymore about feeling hunger and other digestive disorders during the fasting month. With a note, you have to choose a menu of foods and drinks that are healthy and also good for our bodies. In addition to changing your diet from irregular to irregular, you can also control your weight to stay ideal during the fasting month.
Maybe for most people who are very addict of smoking, fasting is the right time to limit and even avoid smoking. As with coffee, smoking is also an activity that is very difficult to give up. Eliminating the smoking habit suddenly will certainly be very difficult to do. This is because for some people who consume coffee and cigarettes, this habit can make it easier for them to concentrate and also make the mind more relaxed.
When fasting, of course, you will reduce the consumption of cigarettes per day. If before fasting you often smoked 6 or more cigarettes, then during the fasting month the number of sticks can gradually decrease. For this reason, reducing the number of cigarettes before or during fasting will be better so that the effects that are felt will not arise when fasting.
Fasting may be said to be the perfect time for those of you who have the desire to quit smoking. If during fasting it is very difficult to avoid this habit, but as you fast, then the limit for cigarette consumption can also be done easily. With the hope that when the fasting month is over, then you will no longer smoke so you are accustomed to implementing this habit every day.
Don’t stay up late
The habit of sleeping late at night or staying up late is certainly a habit that must be eliminated during the fasting month. If before fasting you like to stay up late, making it difficult for you to get up early. So as a result, you often spend the beauty of the morning and also exercise. If you continue to do this habit during the fasting month, then you will miss the sahur time which is very loss if you don’t do it. The reason is, sahur is the right time for us to eat food as our energy booster during fasting during the day.
If you often do the habit of staying up late during the fasting month, then you have missed the most important time to fill food so that it can last for approximately 13 hours. It would be nice if you avoid sleeping late at night during the fasting month. We recommend that you get enough sleep and rest so you can easily get up at dawn. Getting food and also drinks at dawn can make your body stronger and will be resistant to disease so that the possibility of getting sick at the beginning of fasting can be avoided.
Stay up late
Almost everyone of course knows that exercise is one very important habit. By exercising, of course our bodies will be healthier and also fitter. However, it cannot be denied that many people are very lazy to do sports, especially when fasting. Often sleeping at night is certainly a barrier for you to do sports. It is not surprising that people who often stay up late will feel very tired and unfit.
Even though we are fasting, you still have to do good exercise. In order to stay in shape during fasting, of course, sports are the preparations you have to do when facing fasting. In addition, exercise can make the body fit, reduce stress and can also control weight easily. So that the activities we do every day have a bad impact on our health, then try to adopt regular exercise habits both before fasting or while fasting. With a note, you do a mild type of exercise so as not to drain a lot of energy. We recommend that you do sports before breaking the fast with work out or walk as well jogging.
Avoid caffeine drinks
As we all know that the habit of consuming coffee is very difficult to avoid. Just like the smoking habit where many people cannot get away from this bad habit. But by fasting, of course, you can gradually avoid this bad habit. Although not directly, at least you can slowly limit your body’s caffeine intake.
Several types of drinks that contain caffeine include coffee, chocolate, tea and energy drinks. Although caffeine can be used as an intake that can increase the concentration and focus of the brain, if consumed frequently, it will certainly cause side effects for your body. If we are accustomed to drinking five cups of coffee per day, then dur
ing the fasting month this number will decrease. This is of course an alternative for those of you who want to limit or even stop consuming caffeine.
As we know, stopping or limiting the intake of caffeine that we usually consume suddenly will actually have a negative impact on your health. No wonder you will feel headaches, drowsiness, anger and also loss of concentration and brain focus. This is why during the fasting month can be a great time for you to avoid the habit of consuming coffee.
We need to know that the recommended caffeine intake for adults is about 40 mg per day or the equivalent of four cups of coffee or two cans of energy drinks. Meanwhile, pregnant women should not exceed 200 mg per day or the equivalent of two cups of coffee. However, you also need to limit the portion of your caffeine intake before fasting. This is to avoid the bad effects that you might feel when fasting.
As suggested by the Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi, it is recommended that you only consume 4 cups of coffee per day. For that, reduce up to one or two glasses every day while fasting by drinking one glass when breaking the fast or one glass at dawn. It is recommended that you consume decaf coffee, which is a type of coffee with low caffeine levels to the lowest lecel. This will be safer for your body during fasting.
Start eating healthy foods
If before fasting you often eat unhealthy foods, you should avoid this habit during the fasting month. Eating unhealthy foods will certainly have a bad impact on our health. So you should avoid the habit of consuming junk food and fast food before fasting so that we can easily adapt to healthy food. Even though a healthy diet will still be very difficult for you to change so it would be better for you to start changing your habits in eating healthy foods.
Preparing various things to face the fasting month, of course, is a habit that you must do. Those are some tips for preparing for the fasting month that you can do so that your fast runs smoothly and is also successful. Hope it is useful!