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Fasting Supplements

So you’re fasting all day and then you have a big meal of rice, meat, samboosas, and maybe a small side dish of vegetables or salad. How many nutrients do you think you got from that meal? Did it contain enough vitamins and minerals to make up for a whole day of fasting? Is it enough to keep you healthy for another day of fasting?

In an ideal world, we’d get everything we need from our food. The perfect meal should in theory provide you with the exact amount of nutrients your body needs.

But who has the perfect diet in today’s stressful lifestyle? And where is that perfect meal that will provide you with everything?

With our stressful lives of today and the abundance of junk and fried food, it’s very easy to fall short on nutrients. Furthermore, modern trade has made it easier for us to bring fruits and vegetables from all over the world, which means picking them early and most likely lowering their benefits.

Add to that, pesticides on crops and possible hormones and antibiotics in animal products, and you end up with a meal that you are unsure will deliver what it promises.

I find that most people do better on supplements because nutrients are so often lacking in their diet.

Where to start? Start with a general multivitamin/mineral which has a bit of everything. It also helps to take extra vitamin D as so many people are deficient in it in this part of the world.  And if you’re ill, take probiotics for a couple of weeks (the beneficial bacteria).

Give your body a kick-start this Ramadan and make sure it complements a healthy diet, not replace it.

For more Ramadan tips and health information, check out


Smart Fasting 101

I read a few days ago in the newspaper that meat consumption is expected to rise during the month of Ramadan. That surprised me and then saddened me.  Mainly because the holy month of Ramadan is supposed to be a time when we pay more attention to our food and our health. We are supposed to eat LESS not more. And we are supposed to eat wisely because fasting requires a lot of nutrients.

Someone once said something smart: he said “everyone can fast, but not everyone can wisely break their fast.”

The reason many people don’t break their fast with a good meal is because of several factors. The biggest is probably cultural. Ramadan has a lot of cultural and emotional elements that come into play. And many have connected big meals and family gatherings during that month, which often equals binge eating as well.

Another factor is the fasting itself. When we fast, it’s natural to crave food; so we sit around all day dreaming of all the foods we’ll eat after sunset. And when sunset comes, well, we eat them!

But the most critical factor is that many people forget about the point of fasting. Many fast because it’s part of the culture and religion, forgetting (or maybe even never knowing) that the main reason for fasting is for health.  If you fast for health, you’ll also break your fast for health, which does NOT mean mega meals, fried foods, sugary drinks, and gigantic desserts.

If you are fasting this Ramadan, I suggest you remember why you’re doing it. Rest your digestion, eat light at iftar, and let your body enjoy the health benefits of this annual rejuvenation.

If you want to learn the exact ways of ‘smart fasting’ this Ramadan, visit

Fasting and Happy?

Are we supposed to be happy while fasting?

A lot of people get grumpy when they’re fasting. Understandably, they are hungry, but why else would be upsetting them?

When we fast, we go through major bodily detox. Our body quickly goes into ‘clean-up mode’ and it starts vacuuming all the debris collected throughout the past year.

But what it cleans out is not just fat and toxins, it also cleans out emotions. Old emotions that are unnecessarily stored in our cells. Emotions that are no longer needed.

The emotional roller-coasters are part of the detox process. In order for the emotions to come out of the cells, they need to pass through our circulation before they are excreted. All you have to do is be an observer. Watch what comes up and be patient with it. By the end of a whole month of fasting, many of your emotions will have been cleared out.

That is why it is so important to make sure that your food and your diet are in top shape during this time. It will help you detox effectively and successfully and get the most out of the holy month.

For more useful Ramadan tips and information on how to Fast Smart, visit

What’s in your fridge?

People get nervous when they see me in the supermarket. They get even more nervous when I come over and open their fridge.

Would you be nervous if I saw what’s in your fridge?

I always say that the trick to getting healthy is to clean-up your kitchen. The best method to getting yourself to eat healthy is to make sure your fridge is full of good-quality healthy food.

Here are a few tips on how you can replace your existing fridge items with their healthy counterparts.

Replace cow’s milk with home-made almond milk (made with soaked almonds, water, and dates – recipe on my blog

Replace your regular eggs with organic eggs, or quail eggs.

Replace all cheeses with hummus, guacamole, or nut spreads.

Replace white bread with wholegrain rye bread.

Replace chocolates with raw organic chocolate (dark).

Replace all desserts with fresh and dried fruits.

Replace processed juices with fresh home-made fruit juices and smoothies.

Replace all fizzy drinks with water or sparkling water (with or without a fresh lemon squeeze).

Replace your ice cream with home-made fruit-based ice creams (see my blog).

Outside of the fridge, you should replace any canned beans with beans that are cooked at home (and frozen for easy access).

Replace any biscuits and crackers with rice cakes or oat cakes.

Replace all your pastas with wholegrain kamut or spelt pasta.

Replace crisps with home-made oven-baked potato wedges, or air-fried vegetables.

Replace all sugary cereals with oats and muesli.

Once your fridge and kitchen are healthy, it will be a lot easier for you to gain your health back!

For more tips and health information, visit

شرايها عليا؟ حلقات رمضان

يعود رمضان ويعيد لنا نصائح  الصحة مع أخصائية التغذية علياء المؤيد. نصائح بحجم اللقمة الصغيرة ولكن تأثيرها كبير
شرايها عليا؟

Ramadan comes back and brings with it the health tips from Nutritional Therapist Alia Almoayed. Bite-size health tips with a big impact.