As Muslims, one of the best ways to live life is to follow the Quran and Sunnah. If you recall from the guest post Top 5 Healthy Sunnah Foods to Add to Your Diet article, the foods that were included in the Prophet’s (pbuh) Sunnah were discussed, and some of the benefits of including those foods in your own diets were highlighted. In this article, I’m now going to be sharing 5 foods mentioned* in the Holy Quran that may be beneficial to add to your diet!
*The foods mentioned are based on the widely accepted Sahih International translation of the Holy Quran. Note that other translations may offer different meanings and contexts.
In Surah Al Waqiah (chapter 56 verse: 27-33) the Quran tells us:
“And the people of the right-how blessed will they be! They will be amid thornless lote trees, clusters of bananas, extended shade, flowing water, abundant fruit never out of season nor forbidden”
The Quran makes general mention of fruit being eaten by those in paradise, and a specific mentio...
The Ramadan Suhoor and Iftar Meal Planners are simple, practical tools you can use to help make meal planning and staying healthy during Ramadan a million times easier! This calendar-like tool can be printed out and placed on your fridge for you to fill out throughout the week and always have in front of you for reference as you prepare your suhoor and iftar for the week.
Here’s how to use it to make the best out of this helpful planner!
The first is protein and the examples shown are eggs, Greek yogurt, beans, meat and poultry. These examples are diverse enough to accommodate whether you prefer breakfast type or dinner type suhoor foods, and are all there so you wont forget to mark it down!
2. Whole Grains
The second category is whole grains. This is slightly different from the iftar planner as rather than having a general “carbohydrate” category, this ensures you’re planning your meals with the best kind...
As you get ready to cheer on #TeamReem get to know her a little better with our exclusive interview with Reem below!
Tell me a little bit about yourself.
I arrived in Canada a decade ago. My dream was to become a doctor, help people, make them happy, and have a positive influence on them, but unfortunately I chose one of the hardest programs to achieve my goal “Biomedical Engineering” . The years I spent doing engineering were the toughest of my life. However, I am forever grateful to engineering for the hardships and obstacles I faced....
Ramadan is fast approaching with less than 2 months to go! However before you start preparing, it's important to ensure that you have tried to make up the fasts you’ve missed from the previous year. Many women have around 5-8 days to make up and as the year goes by and gets busy, the time flies by! It can be easily forgotten but it is an excellent habit to make up these missed fasts before starting a new Ramadan.
One of the main reasons why a lot of people wait a longer period of time before making up fasts is because fasting outside of Ramadan is a very different experience. That amazing sense of community and feeling of oneness with our fellow Muslims is lacking, and it can feel quite isolating and tiring fasting when it’s not Ramadan. On top of that, many people choose to take time off work/school (if possible) as much as they can during Ramadan in order to focus on worship and spending time with family.
As our lives remain busy and active, and as we feel alone in our f...
For the past couple of weeks now we’ve been discussing diabetes and highlighting some of the important things to know, and even some crazy misconceptions about the condition. This is a wrap to the series discussing Gestational Diabetes, so if you’ve missed Parts I and II, make sure to check them out to learn all about Pre-diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes!
What is Gestational Diabetes?
Gestational diabetes is a special type of diabetes that only affects women during pregnancy. It affects 3-20% of pregnancies in Canada, and can be quite common depending on other risk factors present. Those in at risk populations include South Asian and African populations, similar to as was mentioned in the first part of the series on Pre-diabetes.
What happens in the body?
During pregnancy the body goes through many changes and this includes some changes to hormone balance. As we recall, insulin is a hormone released by the pancreas that helps with glucose metabolism. When pregnant, the baby develops in the bod...
As mentioned in Part One of the Diabetes Series, Type 2 diabetes affects 90% of the population of diabetics making it the most common form of diabetes. Type 2 diabetes is caused by lifestyle factors that include diet and exercise, however genetics also play a role in your risk of developing it. Type 2 Diabetes develops slowly and although is more common in adults, it can also affect children.
What Happens in the Body?
With Type 2 Diabetes, the pancreas either does not produce enough insulin that the body needs, or the insulin is not working effectively enough to get the sugar out of the blood and into the cells. As a result, the sugar stays in the blood and the body cannot make enough of the energy that it needs.
Someone with high blood sugar in the short-term may experience feeling:
In Canada, approximately 10% of the population in 2015 had some form of diabetes, and the amount is continuously increasing. However despite this number, diabetes remains largely misunderstood by the general public. With misconceptions such as “diabetes means you can’t eat anything sweet” or “you can never enjoy food and a happy life with diabetes”, it’s important for us to look past these ideas and understand diabetes correctly so we can help either ourselves, friends, or family members who are affected by diabetes to live a happy and healthy lifestyle!
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic (meaning life-long) condition in which the body cannot use glucose (a sugar that comes from food) for energy. As a result, blood glucose (or blood sugar) levels rise higher than normal.
Check out this video for a quick visual on diabetes in the body, as well as some symptoms that can be related to diabetes.
What Happens in the Body?
Blood glucose levels higher than normal associated with diabete...
As the summer months are coming to an end now is the perfect time to take advantage of that last bit of summer heat! This means enjoying all the delicious cool summer snacks before the season changes and the weather gets colder. However, most of the popular summer treats on the market don’t really do much good for you other cool you down, as they are usually packed with added sugars. These may not be the best choice for your health in the long run, as many sweet snacks often contain refined sugars that lack nutritious value. They also may be connected to greater health concerns, as there is even a growing field of study exploring a potential connection between refined sugars, obesity and other complications.
It is still possible however to enjoy those cool sweet summer treats while looking out for your health! Here are 10 dietitian-approved recipes for healthy summer treats that’ll be sure to wrap up your summer in the most delicious way!