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It is the call to prayer that we hear from afar that marks the end of another day of fasting. Plates, spoons, bowls, glasses are ready to be used as they sit so neatly on the table. As we reach for those dates and glasses of water, we praise Allah for another successful day. Since the start of Ramadan the list of things to do while fasting and food preparations have been modified some.  I had to create menus to basically allow me time to help better organize my week after coming home from work. I have actually tried to work smarter rather than harder now in the kitchen. Thinking that I could do it all was something beyond expectation. I have been able to reflect on the many purposes of Ramdan-self-control, spiritual duties, and unity. Fasting is about increasing awareness, savoring the food you eat and appreciating Allah not an excuse to overeat. The important thing in fasting is how to be close to Allah through building a relationship. Thus, it also applies to having  a healthy relationship with food which is just one way to keep physically and spiritually fit. This Ramadan, I have obeserved that fasting can actually do more harm at least physically than good. It all comes down to choosing the right food to break fast which is the key to better health. So how are we to avoid the discomforts of fasting? I am certain that sales of antiacids are an all time high during Ramadan. When it is time to break the fast, there is food galore, particularly calorie-heavy cakes and cholesterol-inducing curries. After fasting all day, there is a tendency to pile food onto the plate. That can make for uncomfortable health problems. Thus, the month of Ramadan is the month of great gains and profits. The smart trader is the one who makes the most of special occasions to increase his/her profits. I have been trying to make the most of this month by keeping in tune with doing acts of worship, forgiving people and cooking for others which I thought would not be a great deal of work for me but it has turned out to be somewhat difficult to keep up with. 🙂

Here is just one example of a very popular dish that is a typical Moroccan soup and time consuming to prepare. However, delicious to the taste and nutritous.

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One response to this post.

  1. If you have problem with your stomach, in iftar time, you need to start with dry foods. Like a little sandwich by bread and cheese.
    In Iran usually people have 2 times iftar. One is after azan, which they eat alittle food, just for breakfast.. Then after awhile maybe 2 hours they eat sonething like dinner.. It helps stomach not to work suddenly, but little by little.. 🙂
    And you are right, if the foods dont be chosen right, fasting can be very harmful..

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