By Farah Jamil
Today, marks the start of Eid ul Adha, the greater of the two Eid celebrations and one of the holiest occasions in the Muslim calendar. On this occasion, Muslims around the world give sacrifice of animals to follow the Sunnah of Hazrat Ibrahim (AS).
While for some, Eid ul Azha is all about the sacrifice, for others, itâ€™s more about the meat.
No matter how much we abhor red meat and avoid it all year round, Eid ul Azha better known as Bakra Eid is the event when we prepare ourselves for a day of feasting!
While enjoying the yummiest food, there is nothing wrong in being a bit careful with your health.
Here are some tips to keep you healthy while you enjoy your favorite occasion:
Drink plenty of water:
Itâ€™s a fact that if you are eating much more than your regular routine, the simple way to get digest your food properly is drink plenty of water. That keeps your stomach healthy.
You can also make a big jug of lemonade with a few mint leaves and keep drinking it before indulging in your meaty-delights. This will help with digesting your food faster.
Eat Fresh fruits:
Try to eat fresh fruits that help increase your metabolism before your meal. It is a good way to get your digestive system up and running. Fruits like grapefruit, papaya, oranges, pineapples, peaches and pears serve as perfect appetizers.
Donâ€™t avoid fresh green leafy salads:
Pair the meat with fresh green leafy salads. Vegetables will be maintaining water amount in your bodies. Try to use non oily dressings- the crunch with the meat will be scrumptious and healthy. They are also ideal for weight management. Leafy salads also limit any harmful effect of meat. This is a fact that vegetables are much friendly to our stomach.
Try to use little oil:
Try and cook the meat with very little oil. Barbeque it, grill it, bake it, steam it but try not to fry it. Fried meat is a stomach-disaster waiting to happen. Try to avoid it if you want to spend a healthy Eid.
Donâ€™t burn the meat:
If you are barbequing this Eid and obviously you are – be very careful when it comes to burn the meat. Charred meat is highly carcinogenic.
Donâ€™t use more of carbonated drinks:
Bakra Eid is the festival when we canâ€™t say completely good-bye to carbonated drinks. Yes, today they have become part of our tradition. But we can use them in lesser amount along with spicy food. Few experts suggest that these drinks can be dangerous for those having problems of acidity, ulcers in stomach and small intestines. So avoid soft drinks as much as you can especially on Bakra Eid.
Drink plenty of hot green tea:
After you meal, you can have hot green tea that keeps your diet balanced. No doubt that green tea is the healthiest beverage on the planet. Green tea may also reduce your risk of various diseases.
Yes, Eid is all about visiting your family, friends and obviously everyone will serve some food. You can enjoy the delicious food by following these simple tips and tricks.
Remember, complex-carbs such as pulses, fruits, vegetables, skimmed milk and low fat yoghurt are your best friends; donâ€™t ignore them!
These tricks ensure that you spend these three days of Eid enjoying the holiday. Listen to your stomach; it will guide you when to stop!
Wish you all a very happy and healthy Eid!
Story first published: 1st September 2017