Eid al-Adha or Bakra Eid is synonymous with binge eating scrumptious food wherever it's celebrated but especially in our part of the world.
It's the most important holy festival of Muslims celebrated on 10th Zil Hajj. Eid al-Adha, which in Arabic literally means the "festival of the sacrifice", commemorates the story of the Prophet Ibrahim's (A.S) test of faith. The historic moment when he was commanded by Allah to sacrifice his son, Ismail (R.A).
Although Eid in a pandemic is of course going to be very different one thing is not going to change and that is us feasting on yummy foods. This Eid is the time of delicacies all around. Flavorful dishes are prepared for several days to enjoy the festival with great zeal and zest. People usually go overboard in celebrating this holiday.
But sometimes it gets them in trouble as overeating is risky for health and it can lead to various health problems in the short-term and often long term as well. To avoid such discomfort, doctors advise keeping a check on what you eat on the Eid. Here are some valuable tips that will help you rejoice this meaty Eid:
- Try To Avoid Fried Meat:
Eating oily or fried foods is not healthy at all as it increases the daily calories count. So try to avoid fried meat and instead take meat in the boiled, charcoaled forms. Eating Kebabs, grilled meat, and BBQ are also quite healthy choices of food on Bakra Eid.
- Try to Walk/Exercise:
Walk or exercise in any form is very helpful in digesting the bulky protein-rich Eid diet. It's advisable by physicians that you must finish off the last meal 2 hours before the sleeping time. After that, you can go for a long walk for almost 30 minutes to make sure that the food is digested within time and you can easily go to bed feeling light and healthy. So spare at least 15-30 minutes daily for some exercise.
- Avoid Soda Drinks:
Soda drinks and meaty Eid foods make a lethal combination. But you shouldn't be drinking too many fizzy drinks as it is not healthy. Way healthier options are having lemon juice or green tea as they can help increase the metabolism rate. Tea can also be taken but without sugar.
- Try To Pair Vegetables With The Meat:
Pairing vegetables with meaty foods is very important as they dilute the dangerous effects of consuming meat for longer hours. If you keep eating only meat, that creates jumbled up toxins within your stomach. It can easily result in an upset stomach, acidity, or on-going nausea throughout the rest of the day. So salad can be a life savior for you.
- Eat In Small Portions:
Try not to overeat at one time. One trick to eat regularly and not overeat is to eat in small portions and after an interval of at least 3-4 hours. Controlling your meaty cravings on Eid al-Adha is difficult but you must try to eat wisely. Otherwise, it may cause acidity, or bloating, or any other gastric problem.
- Share What You Eat:
Sharing your bounties and happiness with the less fortunate ones is the essence of this Eid. So, share food and happiness along with sweets with your family, dear ones, and needy people in your neighborhood.
Lastly, try to avoid social gatherings as much as possible, wear masks when going in public, and follow SOPs put in place by the government so that we can flatten our COVID-19 curve as soon as possible.