Six ways to get healthy this Ramadan

Whole fruits are preferred over fruit juices and other fatty sweets since they contain less calories. (Shutterstock)
Updated 21 May 2018

Six ways to get healthy this Ramadan

  • Follow these quick tips to stay healthy — and possibly even lose weight — during the Holy Month
  • Don't worry, you can still enjoy iftar and maintain a healthy diet

JEDDAH: There are some of us who find ourselves piling on the pounds in Ramadan. Follow these quick tips by nutrition expert Myriam Sakr to stay healthy — and possibly even lose weight — during the Holy Month.
Drink water
With the long fasting hours this year, drinking eight cups of water a day (250 ml each) might seem hard. This quantity can be distributed throughout the night, however. Bear in mind that coffee and black tea are diuretics while juices are high in sugar and, therefore, not an adequate replacement for water. If you are craving something hot, try herbal teas, which are a great replacement for water as they help with digestion.
Snack on whole fruits
Whole fruits are preferred over fruit juices and other fatty sweets since they contain less calories and more fibers, which aid in digestion. Have a whole orange instead of orange juice, for example!
Cut the salt
During Ramadan, having high amounts of salt at night will increase your blood pressure, make you very thirsty the next day and will leave you bloated. It is best to avoid foods that are high in salts, such as ketchup, pickles, olives, packet soups and processed meats.
Have a balanced suhoor meal
You should have a balanced pre-dawn meal that contains whole carbohydrates and fat free proteins so that the glucose levels in your blood will remain regulated the next day and you will not feel dizzy.
Be careful at iftar
Again, a balanced meal is the key to maintaining or losing weight during Ramadan. Two dates, a glass of jallab, half-a-cup of lentil soup, two cups of salad and two cups of a homemade stew will leave you satisfied and ensure you remain healthy throughout the month.
Move it, move it
Try to exercise lightly during the day and keep in mind that the body burns more fat during the fasting period.


Where We Are Going Today: Jeddah’s Dopamine Cafe

Updated 24 January 2020

Where We Are Going Today: Jeddah’s Dopamine Cafe

Complementing coffee with books and games, the perfect place to spend hours without being bored is Dopamine Cafe in Jeddah.

What sets this place apart from others in Jeddah is the range of activities that people can enjoy while having a cup or two of coffee.

The walls are lined with books for those seeking a moment of calm or are on their own, while groups of friends are guaranteed hours of entertainment thanks to the collections of games at the tables. Warm lights and soft music enhance the cozy and relaxing concept the cafe is going for.

It serves custom-crafted beverages, baked goods, breakfast options and more. The hazelnut cake is one of the best cakes I have had for a while — a chocolate sponge topped with espresso buttercream frosting and hazelnut chunks.

The cafe is calming and a great way to detox from the loud city and its busy lifestyle. It is located on Prince Sultan Road in Al-Rawdah district.