And the Foodies Shall Fast

Greetings Flavour Lovers,

It’s Ramadhaan here in the FlavourFull household (and of course many millions of households worldwide)! It is the ninth month of the lunar calendar. It may be a head scratcher as to why a food blogger would be excited about not eating & drinking from sun-up to sun-down for a month. While fasting is very ‘au courant’ lately, the Islamic fast of Ramadhaan sees health and weight loss as a pleasant happenstance of this obligatory act of worship and not the main focus.

Allaah Says in the Quran:

O you who believe! Observing As-Saum (the fasting) is prescribed for you as it was prescribed for those before you, that you may become pious. (2:183)

The month of Ramadan in which was revealed the Quran, a guidance for mankind and clear proofs for the guidance and the criterion (between right and wrong). So whoever of you sights (the crescent on the first night of) the month (of Ramadan i.e. is present at his home), he must observe Saum (fasts) that month, and whoever is ill or on a journey, the same number [of days which one did not observe Saum (fasts) must be made up] from other days. Allah intends for you ease, and He does not want to make things difficult for you. (…) (2:185)

Freedom From The Burden of Eating

We love food so much that we don’t realise what a cumbersome role eating plays in daily existence. Especially in Western societies where malnutrition occurs more often  due to such horridly poor foods in excess as opposed to a complete lack of food that we see in developing nations.

The anxiety of thinking about what to eat and the recurrent trips to the fridge or pantry in order to figure out what to make is lifted from you while fasting. For students & entrepreneurs it can be downright annoying and almost a momentum killer when you have to stop and eat. You try to ignore the growls and pangs because you want to catch every minute towards finishing your tasks at hand.

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Eating to Live Not Living To Eat

It is estimated that nearly 10% of an average lifespan of 70 years is spent eating and drinking. That’s almost 7 years just ingesting foods! It is very hard on your digestive system to never give it a break.

The Islamic fast allows — and highly encourages — a pre-dawn meal and then eating and drinking, until quenched, once the sun has set.  For the pre-dawn meal, foods that sustain in reasonable amounts that are highly nutritious are best. Dates, water, milk, bread and light soups with meats are meals which fit the bill. The idea is to eat well but not with the intention of avoiding any chance of feeling hungry up until the last moment.

Iftaar, as it is commonly referred to, is the meal eaten once the sun has set. Muslims increase in voluntary acts of worship in this month and the congregational night prayer is a hallmark of this month. As such, a light but satisfying supper is the best. Also, fasting causes your stomach to shrink so smaller amounts of food and not gorging oneself is the way to go. Popular foods are seasoned rices, stewed meats, juicy fruits and calming teas.


Soon to be posted: Photos & recipe for this Pomegranate Chicken Stew.

Striking a FlavourFull Balance

Without a doubt, Ramadhaan should not be centered around food but it is equally understood that parched and hungry people want something to get excited about. Yes, we are pulling out the big guns — so-to-speak — for the season. Food is something that crosses your mind throughout a day of fasting so you start to have food dreams that you want to make a reality. We will be delving some into some exotic corners as well as some more familiar ones for a delicious month of food.

This will be the first Ramadan that we are entering as business owners in the midst of launching a startup. Enterprise or not, this month is meant for recharging spiritually, mentally and physically and renewing connections with The Creator through acts of obedience both ordained and recommended.

The clear head that you get from abstaining from food, drink & sexual relations and an overall movement away from being preoccupied with worldly affairs is a gift that keeps on giving. Like a whole month of languishing at home free.

Until Next time,

Mama FlavourFull

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