August 10, 2010…..Suggestions for Ramadan
Ramadan is the holiest of Islamic holidays. During the 9th month of the Muslim year, all participating Muslims maintain a month of
fasting from dawn to sunset. Several readers asked about the best way to keep their Metabolism B under control and still uphold their religious practice of Ramadan.
The safest way to practice the month of fasting is to be in Step 1 of The Metabolism Miracle. After three days, the liver and muscles will have released stored glycogen, and your pancreas and liver will go into the “rest/detox” mode. When you do begin to eat after sundown, eat liberally of your neutral foods. You can also put a 5 gram choice at dinner, right before bed, and in the middle of the night (before sunrise) if you are awake. Make sure to adequately hydrate during this time. Water does not have to be spaced throughout the day, so you can make sure to take in close to 48 ounces of water or decaf fluid from sundown to dawn. You can also take your vitamins after dinner and at bedtime with a snack.
On the last day of the fast, when the feast occurs……..dietary “mistakes” that occur in a 5 hour block will add 3 days to Step 1 before you advance to Step 2.
The elderly and chronically ill are exempt from fasting, although they are encouraged to feed the poor in place of their missed fasting.