What to eat and what not to eat – the subject of healthy diets is always hot in the press and there are so many rules to remember. Superfoods and dangerous doses are all over the place. This year, the campaign Action on Sugar has been very much in the limelight for revealing that high street coffee chains are using enormous amounts of sugar, including a chai latte containing up to 20 teaspoons!
All recent research has proven that balance is vital and as we know, it is an essential part of faith. Eating wholesome foods in Islam is an obligation. There are many verses in the Qur’an which point to our duty to look after our bodies and use our health for good causes. For example, take a look at these three verses:
“Eat of what is lawful and wholesome on the earth.” (2:168)
“And He enforced the balance. That you exceed not the bounds; but observe the balance strictly; and fall not short thereof.” (55:7–9)
“Eat and drink, but avoid excess.” (20:81)
Moderation, of course, is important and unhealthy processed sugars are probably not a part of this balance! But this is easier said than done, right? In our busy schedules, involving active kids and different nutritional needs for different family members, it’s hard to maintain the balance.
We hope these five tips will help:
Improve your understanding of balanced meals by looking at recommendations from experts, which include things like the fact that a third of your plate should be fruit and vegetables.
Preparation in advance means that you won’t end up choosing quick last minute options with high amounts of salt and fat. You can prepare delicious nutritious meals in bulk on a weekend and freeze for use throughout week.
Drinking a warming chai latte should be considered a treat and reserved for special occasions. Reducing the amount of sugar throughout your daily diet means you’ll probably start losing your taste for very sweet things anyway!
Keeping yourself hydrated and full of water means that you will reduce your cravings for unhealthy snacks to fill the void. Make sure you hugely limit sugary and fizzy drinks – even unsweetened fruit juice is sugary!
Share the work, from shopping to making lunches to cleaning up! Family meals can become a loved tradition and they don’t have to be every day. But make sure you turn off distractions and engage with one another, while keeping a light and open environment.
We hope you find these useful, but if you have any further questions around healthy diets and wellbeing, do send our way.
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