Restraining oneself in Ramzan -Blogs and Columns – Daily Notable
Ramzan, 9th month of the Islamic calendar observed by Muslims in which they fast during daylight is an epitome of blessings. This month is the most beloved month for Muslims. Fasting in Ramzan is one of the five pillars of Islam, fasting during the month of Ramzan is mandatory.
The idea of observing fast basically roots to the school of thought; self-restraining in one self. Self- restraining may refer to restraining oneself from all unhealthy habits. Where restraining oneself from lying, bribing, prohibiting oneself from forbidden activities its equally important to restraint from unhealthy eating habits but unfortunately the trend in our society reflects the opposite.
Ramzan does not only holds importance due to spiritualistic practices but also is celebrated in terms of food; alluring our pallets.
In our society people focuses on food, to the extent that they begin to worry about eating more than actually fasting.
This also goes along with spending heaps of money on iftars even though a person does not need to eat that much food. Decorating iftar tables with lavish food items is a common trend in our society.
Fried food, sugary drinks and refined food items are must of Iftar table. Have we ever thought that what effects, consumption of such food items on daily basis can leave on our health?
Because its not something that we observe for 1 or 2 days its about a whole month; 30 days. We are polluting our bodies with unhealthy food for a month and above all with minimal physical activity.
Work, spiritual practices and tightened routine in Ramzan barely leaves time to have enough sleep, physical activity is a far cry. Abundant consumption of unhealthy food and with no physical activity might lead to critical health conditions especially stomach problems.
There is a school of thought in health experts which states that unhealthy stomach is the root cause of many illnesses. As once stated by Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine nearly 2,000 years ago:
“All disease begins in the gut”
However, Hippocrates overwhelmingly suggested that all diseases start in your gut but modern researches have proved that innumerable chronic metabolic diseases actually do.
Unhealthy eating habits especially the abundant consumption of fried food items is associated with a greater risk of developing type II diabetes, heart disease and obesity.
Fried foods’ consumption may contribute to high blood pressure, low “good” HDL cholesterol and obesity, which are all risk factors for heart disease. Moreover, fried foods are calories enriched than their non-fried counterparts, so eating a lot of them can significantly increase your calorie intake.
Furthermore, studies indicate that the trans fats in fried foods may play a significant role in weight gain, as they can affect the hormones that regulate appetite and fat storage.
According to a study; even in the absence of additional calories, trans fat consumption significantly increased belly fat. Deep frying is a common cooking method used across Pakistan specifically in Punjab during Ramzan for iftar preparation.
Popular fried foods in Ramzan include French fries, Fritter (Pakoray), Samosay, chicken strips etc., in fact just about everything is deep-fried in Ramzan.
Such foods tend to be high in calories and trans-fat, so eating a lot of them can leave drastic effects on your health.
And according to a research, the number of patients especially complainants of stomach problems increase every year during and after Ramzan. Another imperatively considering fact arises here is that we are still breathing in the era of the pandemic of coronavirus.
Third wave of Coronavirus has already overburdened our Healthcare system that it can not afford to give due consideration to any other health problems let alone to gastroenteritis patients.
We must bear the responsibility of caution individualistically in this regard. Eat Healthy so you can stay healthy. Staying healthy at such crucial time is not only a good contributing factor for your personal life but in fact for whole society generally.
Caged in the web of Coronavirus since more than a year, but unfortunately the caution demands are still the same. Just like last year couple up your precautionary measures and eat healthy to stay healthy avoid fried food items and restraint your pallets from alluring tastes of foods and prefer healthy fresh and home-cooked food.
As necessitated by our honorable Prime Minister Imran Khan to cooperate with the system; be cautious, we must pay heed to it and contribute towards prosperity in whatever ways we can.
As emphasized by food authorities globally, our local food regulating authority; Punjab Food Authority and its high officials; Chairman Punjab Food Authority Umer Tanveer but, Director General Punjab Food Authority Rafaqat Ali Nissoana along with their awareness teams are also leaving no stone unturned to ensure safe food provision for public and making them understand that how much healthy and simple eating in such crucial times is important.
We as citizens must cooperate and at least listen to what they are saying and why they are stressing on healthy eating so much. Concludingly, this is what fasting actually demands restraint one self from unhealthy habits whether that’s behavioral habits or eating habits.