Buka puasa is a term known by all Malaysians as the act of breaking fast during the month of Ramadan. Many Malaysians who do not celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri are known to either practice fasting or join in for buka puasa meals with their friends who do. While it is tempting to gorge on the foods purchased at Ramadan bazaars, as a number of these dishes are made available only once a year, it is important to understand the habit of overeating that comes with it.
Overeating is one of the primary causes of experiencing feelings of indigestion, as well as unhealthy weight gain. An effective way to avoid this would be to begin the breaking of fast with the consumption of dates, as it common to feel lethargic after half a day of fasting. Dates contain the right amount of sugar needed to rejuvenate the body’s energy levels. When it comes to having a meal, ensure that the portion is of a reasonable amount that will prevent you from feeling bloated in your stomach, but instead leaving you feeling full and satisfied. Furthermore, you can supplement the meal taken during buka puasa with a light supper after Terawih prayers known as Moreh.
While it is important to eat reasonable amounts of food when breaking fast, we should not downplay the equally important manner of consuming the food. Eating and chewing on your food slowly before swallowing has many health benefits, one of which allows for better digestion. This can be helped through the consumption of whole grains, nuts and other foods high in fibre instead of consuming copious amounts of oily, greasy and sugary foods.