We are halfway through Ramadan, but that doesn't mean we still can't make the most of this month inshallah! Today, I wanted to address a topic that you might not want to talk about, but it is a reality for many people during this month: digestive problems.
It is a bit of an embarrassing topic so at first I drafted this as an email only to my subscribers. However, after putting it together, I realized this would be beneficial to many people so I am putting it together as a I didn't want to talk about it on social media, but if you have experienced digestive issues during Ramadan, you know how uncomfortable it can be and why it is important to alleviate it!
I am going to cover 4 main digestive issues, with a bonus one that isn't necessarily related to your digestive system but is related to your bodily functions.
Constipation is the number one complaint during Ramadan. It almost becomes a norm to not be going to the washroom daily and you might thi...
If you grew up in a Desi household, you’ve probably heard health and nutrition tips from elders, whether it was your parents, grandparents, or concerned neighbourhood aunty. You’ve heard these tips so many times that it almost feels like its right but you’re not quite sure if it even makes sense anymore. I’m here to help with that!
After giving birth, it’s as if mothers have a sign on them that invites all aunties to give their unsolicited advice. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all about combining traditional health practices with modern techniques, but there are some pieces of advice that just don’t work. The problem with some of these nutrition myths are that it can actually just cause more overwhelm to an already tired mom, especially if it isn’t true.
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...
Today I want to share with you how it can be possible to fast during Ramadan as a Breastfeeding mom. Before we start, I just want to share a disclaimer that I am not an Islamic scholar. This post is not meant to serve as recommendation on if you should or shouldn't fast while breastfeeding. It would be best to speak to a scholar you trust before coming to a decision on whether you should be fasting while breastfeeding.
If you do choose to fast, these are guidelines to make it possible without compromising your milk supply, inshallah!
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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....
Chocolate is enjoyed by both children as well as adults and is often looked at as a treat or something that should be forbidden. Chocolate is also often associated with being a guilty pleasure, however, it can be just as nutritious as it is enjoyable. You just need to know a little bit about chocolate before you jump into incorporating it into your healthy lifestyle.
Continue reading about the different types of chocolate over on MasalaMommas!
As you welcome a new addition to your life, alongside the joy, you will undoubtedly experience low energy, aches, and pains. After being pregnant for 9 months and going through labour and delivery, your body has gone through significant changes. Especially if you are breastfeeding, you are continuing to share nutrients with your baby. While you may not be able to control the amount of sleep you get as a mom of a baby, you can include certain foods to give you a boost of energy and important nutrients your body requires.
Me and my 2nd daughter (2 months postpartum)
I gave birth to a baby girl 2.5 months ago and also have a 2.5-year-old toddler. You can only imagine how hectic my day can get! However, I have found that on the days I am more prepared to eat healthier, I feel much more energized and more in balance.
The benefit of eating nuts is that it provides you with a great source of protein, something that is hard to get from most snacks. Studies show that eating nuts regularly have shown to reduce the risk of heart attacks and heart diseases.
The nutrition benefits of consuming nuts include:
High level of unsaturated fat
Great source of protein
Great source of important vitamins and minerals:Magnesium, Vitamin E, Potassium
Great source of fibre
Naturally low in salt
Helps us satisfy our hunger, even if you eat nuts in small amounts
Consuming nuts on a regular basis can add a variety to your diet. It is a great way to skip out on meat products and still get some of the protein we need. The greatest thing about nuts is that it can be eaten raw, toasted or even chopped and added to almost anything of our snacks and meals. Minimal prep is a win in my books!
Portions of Nuts
Having nuts on a regular basis is beneficial to your health and can satisfy...
Healthy snacks are important for everyone, but are especially important for kids who are very active during summer activities or at recess during the school year. Snacks provide energy for children during recess and in the classroom so they can focus better while learning and get through the rest of the day.
Energy in the early morning comes from dinner or a snack from the previous evening
Energy in the late morning comes from breakfast or a mid-morning snack
Energy in the afternoon comes from food eaten at lunch
Energy in the evening comes from food eaten during lunch or an afternoon snack
It is important for children who are active, or a part of sports teams to be fueled with healthy snacks throughout the day so they have the energy throughout the day.
Offering snacks can be beneficial because:
It can give children the fuel they need during recess, gym, or even to get them through their classes
As we get to the end of Ramadan, the fasts can feel quite difficult. Staying hydrated and nourished during these last few days is just as important. Drinking water during non-fasting hours is a given, but it can be difficult to drink enough to stay hydrated. There are many fruits and vegetables that are not only packed with nutrients but also have over 90% water content.