Nutritional Guidelines For Healthy Eating During Eid Al-Adha Days

Sun Jul 28, 2013 3:47 pm


Nutritional Guidelines For Healthy Eating During Eid Al-Adha Days

During the Eid days, many Muslims slaughter sheep and they tend to consume a lot of red meat,
fat, and possibly organ meats. This consumption causes health problems during and after Eid
days. Consuming lean meat in moderation (6 ounces of cooked meat at a meal) is recommended,
without consuming fatty or organ meats.

[t]The following guidelines will help in adopting healthy eating habits during the Eid days:[/t]
• Eating food items in moderate amounts rather than large meals will give the digestive system a chance to continue functioning normally during the Eid days.
• Continue consuming more fluids and adequate fiber rich food to avoid constipation during the Eid days.
• Reduce consumption of sweets, sugary drinks, fatty and salty foods, and caffeine containing beverages (cola, coffee) Eating these foods excessively may cause indigestion, diarrhea or constipation.
• Few dates before the Eid prayer are recommended and then having a light breakfast consisting of whole wheat bread, low fat milk, low fat cheese or labneh and a piece of fruit, are strongly recommended.
• Lunch and dinner meals may include a vegetable or grain soup, lean meat or chicken or grilled fish, one cup of rice, in addition to green salad or steamed vegetables, and to end the meal with a piece of fresh fruit.

[t]Tips on Consuming Sweets:[/t]
• Light and healthy sweets made with fruits or low fat milk, and with fewer contents of oil and sugar are recommended. Concentrated sweets are difficult to digest.
• It is better to consume the sweets, such as custard or muhalabiyah, in moderation between the meals. It is better that these puddings to be prepared with low fat milk and contain less sugar.
[t]Guidelines for People with Some Medical Conditions:[/t]

[t]Diabetes:[/t]
• Avoid any increase in blood sugar level during the Eid days. Diabetic people are advised to consume their meals as adjusted by their dietitian and to take their usual dosage of pills or insulin.
• Avoid consuming large amounts of carbohydrates (such as rice or fruits, especially dates), as it may lead to high blood sugar level.
• Low-fat milk or milk products are recommended, A measured amount of rice or pasta or whole wheat bread, salad and cooked vegetable and lean grilled or baked meat, chicken or fish.
• Divide meals into three main meals and 2-3 snacks daily and remember to exercise.
Practice regular exercise, such as daily walking.
[t]Heart Disease:[/t]
• Reduce the salt and fat intake.
• Avoid consuming large meals. Six small meals a day is recommended, as large meals put more workload on the heart.
• Avoid eating fatty dishes, fatty meat, organ meat, or any meals in which animal fat is added.
• Reduce the intake of caffeine containing beverages (cola, coffee, hot chocolate).
• Practice your daily walking, as advised by your doctor.
[t]Hypertension:[/t]
• Reduce the intake of salt and salty foods, such as salty nuts, crackers, pickles, smoked food, etc.
• Reduce fried foods and fat intake.
• Consume frequent small meals distributed throughout the day.
• Avoid consuming a lot of meat during Eid days.
• Exercise daily.

[t]Gastric Ulcers:[/t]
• Reduce intake of concentrated sweet, spicy foods, salty foods, nuts, hot sauces and caffeine.
• Divide food into small and frequent meals.
• Take medications as advised by physician.
• Smokers who managed to quit smoking before Eid days are advised to continue
• avoiding smoking and any temptation to smoke again.
• Avoid consuming large amount of meat during Eid days.

Additional Nutritional Guidelines for all:
• Maintain body weight within normal range.
• Exercise on a regular basis.
• Take medications as advised by doctors.
• Avoid missing doctor / dietitian appointments.
• Follow food safety rules and guidelines, and avoid eating uncovered food or any food/drink that is
contaminated.

Eid Mubarak

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