The Residency and Foreigners Affairs Department in Al Ain presented an awareness lecture to its members about the culture of healthy food. The lecture encouraged members to avoid negative food habits during Ramadan.

The lecture, entitled ‘Your Ramadan Food is a Matter of Culture and Behavior’, was delivered by Dietitian Nada Zuhair Al Adeeb, Director of Community Nutrition at Tawam Hospital in Al Ain, and attended by Colonel Khalifa Matar Al Humairi, Director of the Residency and Foreigners Affairs Department in Al Ain; Colonel Mohammed Al Nabhani, Deputy Director of the Residency and Foreigners Affairs Department in Al Ain; a number of officers, non-commissioned officers and the Department staff. The lecturer explained that food has its own culture and behaviors. “We must follow a healthy food culture that affects the lives of individuals positively,” she stated. “There is a widespread culture of bad food choices in our community that causes adverse effects in the long term, as it is the cause of many chronic diseases. This reinforces the importance of all individuals establishing a positive food culture.”

She also tackled bad food habits during Ramadan and the adverse effects they have on the health of people who are fasting. These bad habits include eating and drinking excessive amounts of different types of food. She explained that there will be 15 hours of fasting this year, which makes the stomach dormant for a long period. It is therefore better to eat gradually, with one meal for Iftar and another after the Tarawih Prayers. It is also recommended to follow the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad pbuh of eating three dates, which gives the body 300 calories, as the body needs this amount at Iftar time and it helps to prepare the stomach for food; this number is also suitable for diabetics.

The lecturer also emphasized the importance of drinking the appropriate amounts of water - 8 cups regularly and gradually between Iftar and Suhur. People are also advised to take up the practices of walking after the Tarawih Prayer; delaying Suhur until 30 minutes before the Fajr ‘Morning Call for Prayer’; avoiding sleep immediately after Suhur; and instead sleeping after the Fajr Prayer, which is a sufficient amount of time for sleep.

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