As consumers, we have heard over the years about how moderate consumption of anything that can be consumed is beneficial to well-being in many ways, from financial matters to healthy living. During the month of Ramadan and Hari Raya Aidilfitri, it is a common sight to notice people buying and consuming more food that they can actually eat. The buka puasa buffet is a common occurrence during every month of Ramadan. While the choices of foods and attractive prices may be tempting, it is important to note that we generally overeat at buffets; therefore, keeping visits to buka puasa buffets should be kept to a minimum.
Cooking at home allows for us to create and eat healthier and more well-balanced meals than eating out. While it may not be possible for many of us to commit to on a daily basis, we should still strive to do so whenever we can and try to create a healthy balance as much as possible. Instead of consuming a full portion that we are used to during other times of the year, when fasting it is advisable to reduce that food size to half of what we are used to in order to prevent indigestion and weight gain. Drinking more water to prevent dehydration helps more than consuming large amounts of meals, as well as adding more snacks that are high in fibre in order to prevent constipation being a recurring issue.
Many of the known foods available during Ramadan and Hari Raya are incredibly delicious, they are also deep fried, creamy and sweet, which can lead to an increase in empty calories, as well gaining weight unhealthily. Last but not least, the limitation of salty foods can help to reduce thirst and the risk of dehydration.