How to celebrate Ramadan after bariatric surgery
It’s time once again for a special, annual Islamic tradition: Ramadan. But how do you celebrate Ramadan after bariatric surgery? In this blog, we’ll tell you more about it and share a healthy, protein-rich Ramadan recipe.
What is ramadan?
Ramadan is a month in the Islamic calendar. This calendar follows the lunar calendar, which determines the beginning and end of the fasting period. During Ramadan, Muslims fast for a month from sunrise to sunset. After sunset, there is the Iftar, which means meal in Arabic.
Ramadan is also called the great Jihad, the battle with your own ego. You want to come to yourself and rebalance your body and soul. You put your self-interest second and refrain from gossiping, lying and fighting. Ramadan is primarily a time of self-reflection, meditation and spiritual growth in order to strengthen your bond with Allah.
Ramadan after sunset
When the sun has set, the table is set with all kinds of small meals. First there is a date with water or milk. Thus the fast is broken and then real food can be eaten. The meals after sunset are often the time to get together and pray together.
Fasting after bariatric surgery
Sick people, weak people with diabetes, pregnant women and children under 12 do not have to fast. Did you undergo bariatric surgery less than a year ago? If so, it is better not to participate in Ramadan. If you do want to participate or have had surgery longer ago, it is important to watch your protein intake. Sufficient fluids are also essential. Therefore, drink at least 1.5 liters of water when allowed after sunset. And be sure to make the recipe below.
Recipe: ‘Breaking the fast’
Start your meal with a protein boost! This smoothie is rich in protein. Dates and nuts are full of nutrients that your body can put to good use after a day of fasting. Moreover, they are easy to digest.
This is what you need
For 1 person
- 200 milliliters of almond milk
- 30 grams Pure Whey Protein Naturel or Vanilla
- 1 date
- 1 handful of almonds
How to make this smoothie
- Cut the date into small pieces and finely chop the almonds.
- Add the date, nuts, almond milk and Pure Whey Protein to a blender.
- Blend all ingredients until smooth and fluffy in texture.
- Pour the smoothie into a glass and you’re done!
Concluding Ramadan: the Sugar Feast
Ramadan is traditionally concluded with the Sugar Feast, also known as Eid El Fitr (“the little feast”). The Sugar Feast officially begins the previous evening at sunset. According to the Islamic calendar, a new day then begins. During the Sugar Feast, muslims visit each other and give each other gifts or money. It is a celebration, so everyone looks their best. Want to congratulate a Muslim on completing this special month? Then say, Eid Mubarak!