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An Energetic Fast Begins at Suhoor

Eid & Ramadan, Health & Wellness, Food & Beverage, IslamSundus AliComment
The reward of goodness, is nothing but goodness.
— Qura'an 55:60

As we get ready for the most wonderful time of year, Ramadan, we often forget the importance of a healthy Suhoor routine to ensure our bodies get the right balance of nutrients.

Personally, I am not a suhoor person. I literally want to get out of bed and back into it. Since I work a 9-5 it's difficult to prepare a hearty meal at that hour of the morning, because I try and sneak in a few hours of rest before getting up for work. So of course, I make the quickest meal possible which usually consists of Nutella on toast and if I'm feeling really good, I'll have some fruit. I never ate vitamins, and I barely drank enough water…but not this year.

I've found in past years that around 3-4pm I usually begin to crash. And by crash I mean get-me-my-bed-asap type of crash. I completely run out of energy and my body almost feels like it's giving up on me. Though we fast from eating foods, many ahadith encourage the preservation of our energy by eating properly to ensure we are able to spend time in ibadaah. We don't fast all day to nap for 2 hours before iftaar, right? I mean, I'm all for naps, but maximizing your time in Ramadan is SO important – and you won't be able to do that if you're not treating your body properly. Since Ramadan is the best time to implement new behaviours (or correct bad ones!), I'm trying to incorporate a couple of new habits during Ramadan that I know will be beneficial for me to carry throughout the year.

During Halal Food Fest, a few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting the founders of Nutrimin. Now, we all know how painful it is to find GOOD vitamins that are halal, so I was really excited about learning more about the brand and the products they offer. I had a sample of the gummy vitamin and was HOOKED. It tasted like a Blossom and Bean gummy bear, but it was a vitamin. How could this be?! Anyway, after chatting with him and telling him about what I'm looking for, I received a bottle of the capsules (yes, I made the 'adult' choice and didn't get the gummies) and am really excited to incorporate the Multi+ vitamins into my suhoor routine. The vitamin is packed with minerals including iron (which most women lack!) and essential vitamins like A, B12, D, and others. The best part? The vitamins are all made in Canada, and are vegan / halal. I highly recommend you check them out and incorporate vitamins into your Suhoor routine to stay energized and spend your time doing things that matter (Dawah, Dhikr, Charitable work, etc.) during Ramadan.

Nutrimin Halal Vitamins & Zuhoor Designs Succulant available at The Date Palm.   PC: Sundus Ali

Nutrimin Halal Vitamins & Zuhoor Designs Succulant available at The Date Palm. 

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Another item that I'm going to incorporate into my Suhoor routine this year is the NutraB black seed and honey mix. In case you didn't 'know, black seed is a prophetic medicinethat the Prophet SAW used for curing ailments. There is a famous hadith narrated by Abu Hurairahreported in Bukhari, Muslim, Tirmidhi and others that states“Use the black seed, because it contains a cure for every type of ailment except death." I mean that's pretty incredible, no?

Black seed & honey have tons of great benefits.  PC: Sundus Ali

Black seed & honey have tons of great benefits.

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There is significant contemporary evidence around the medical uses of black seed. It is antioxidant known to help cleanse the body of toxins. Many people also use it to treat skin disorders, allergies, infections, and digestive issues to name a few. So you might be thinking, ok why should I have this in Ramadan?

Well one of the most important facts about black seed is that the polyunsaturated fats in black seed help maintain your metabolism while eliminating toxins, improving blood circulation, and balancing your insulin level. Since our metabolism naturally slows down due to fasting, it's important to balance the way our body will help burn calories, and this will assist with maintaining energy.

Honey on the other hand is often referred to as "liquid gold" for its many, many, benefits. There are so many benefits to honey, that I won't get into here, but honey assists in preventing coughs, colds, and if taken regularly will help to ensure you don't fall sick during Ramadan. (As an aside, it also helps rid your bowel of ya know, the gross stuff, helping with regular bowel movements).

The verse at the beginning of this post talks about goodness. Though we associate goodness with doing good deeds, goodness is in everything. It's in our speech, our mannerisms, our dress, and most definitely in how we take care of our bodies. Allah swt. has made us perfect in every sense, and the least we can do is take care of our bodies to the best of our abilities with that which we know is good. If you're able to, sneak some ZamZam water into your routine, with dates of course, and your body will really be thanking you both during and after Ramadan.

I pray that we all have a fulfilling and fruitful Ramadan. May He accept from you and me.

Sundus Ali / twitter: @sundus_ / instagram: @sunduseh / sundusa.com

6 Tips for the Best Spring Cleaning of your Life!

Health & WellnessHafsa Pathan1 Comment

I’m not going to sugarcoat it – I have a shopping problem. Whether it’s shoes, baby clothes (SO CUTE), makeup, hijabs, or really anything and everything, I’ll probably needwant it.  I’m also really bad at letting things go (okay, I may be a bit of a hoarder), but I just know that I’m going to need that old jewelry box one day, and that I’ll definitely fit into those size 2 jeans soon.

A fresh start to spring with some decluttering. 

A fresh start to spring with some decluttering. 

Can you tell I have a problem? Anyway, I decided to take my problem into my own hands and decided to read about the #KonMari method. You’ve probably heard about it or read about it somewhere but it’s essentially the art of de-cluttering and cleaning up your entire life/home/closet.  One of the key things I took away from the method is to toss things that don’t “spark joy” – that meant clothes, trinkets, old greeting cards, and so on. You can also apply this to your life, and get rid of all your frenemies that don’t “spark joy” in your life – just a little #protip for you.

 

Here are other ways I de-cluttered and reorganized my life:

 

1 - Get rid of old clothes that have stains that you’ll NEVER get out. It’s just not worth the closet space.

2 - Get rid of clothes/shoes that make you feel uncomfortable because they give you blisters, or because they’re way too tight. Girlfriend, there is a 10% chance that you’ll lose all that weight, and hey – if you do lose the weight, then you deserve NEW clothes!

3 - Only buy clothes that you KNOW you’ll wear many, many times. And only buy clothes that will pair nicely with other things in your closet. If you need to find the perfect blouse for that skirt, then put it back down and walk away from the clothing rack.

4 - Only keep the basic necessities readily available so you can speed up your morning routine and not be overwhelmed. On my vanity, I have my blush, my foundation and my mascara. Everything else is put away for special occasions. I’m also a mask and skin care junkie, but I only keep my daily moisturizer and cleanser out.

5 – Labels. They are your friends. Get some plastic containers from Wal-Mart or the local dollar store and sort out ALL the stuff. Then label it! I do a lot of DIYs so I had a lot of crafting stuff. I sorted it all out, bought a label maker and went to town. Now I know which box has what and life is grand.

6 – Lists. They are also your friends. Write everything down, and cross items off as you complete them. 

These are just a few of my tips. I may be a hoarder but I really do love organizing. I promise you that you’ll feel SO much better once you get rid of stuff you don’t use/want, and use the rest of your stuff efficiently.

Neat labels help keep everything organized. 

Neat labels help keep everything organized. 

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