Self Control During Eid

The blessed month of Ramadan has come to an end where Muslims spent the last 30 days fasting from food and drink from sunrise to sunset, spent their time devoted to prayer, engaged in purifying their hearts and contributed more to charitable causes. As you can tell, Ramadan is more than just avoiding food and drink, it is an act of obedience to our Lord where we give up all worldly pleasure for his sake, and in return, we gained a greater sense of self awareness and spirituality, and reset our bodies internally to set us up to live a healthier life.

When translated, Eid-al-Fitr means “festival of breaking fast” and is typically celebrated for three days. For most Muslims, Eid typically means gluttony. It’s where we wear our best clothes, head to prayers, and visit relatives and eat Most of us get lost in the celebration that we tend to quickly forget about the lessons learned and lose the benefits we gained during Ramadan. One of the biggest lessons Ramadan teaches us is mastering the art of self-control.  Self-control can be in the form of many things but I want to focus on food. If you read our previous blog posts you know we mentioned before that food can either go for you or against you and we want you to continue building healthy food habits so we want food to always go for you.

It’s easy to want to feast and get lost in the celebration but it’s important to remember to continue to make good food choices so you can continue to keep your blood sugar under control, so your food choices today do not lead to fat storage tomorrow.  If you recall, eating excessive carbohydrate rich foods (which is basically all we eat during Eid) leads to spikes in blood sugar which leads to insulin release. The insulin picks up all the glucose (remember this is the carbohydrates we ate) and uses them for energy and anything else is that is extra is stored away as fat. The key take away here is everything extra is stored away as fat. It’s perfectly fine and encouraged to eat carbohydrates (it is the preferred source of energy our bodies need) but you only need to eat enough so your body can use it for energy. This is exactly where we go wrong, we over indulge and eat till our bellies ache and we start to undue all the hard work we did for our bodies the last 30 days.

Right now our bodies are set up for maximum fat burning mode, our immune system has recycled all dead and mutated cells, and we have less oxidative stress in our bodies all of which leads to healthier aging and healing. Let’s continue to strengthen our bodies from the inside out by not over indulging, eating a healthy balanced diet full of lean protein and vegetables, exercising, and commit to fasting at least twice a week to maintain these benefits as solidarity to a tradition practiced by our beloved Prophet (PBUH).  

Aside from being accountable for our food intake I want us all to continue to be cognizant of our thoughts, actions, and behavior towards others. Ramadan took us from our fast-paced world to slow us down and reflect on our spiritual state and help guide our moral compass. Our spiritual disciplines in Ramadan taught us to always have Allah (SWT) on our mind and be self-aware of our actions, my hope is that we continue to practice these behaviors throughout the year and not just in Ramadan.

From everyone at Salaam Nutritionals we wish you and your family and friends a joyous Eid Mubarak.