Living a healthy lifestyle comprises of a whole lot this includes diet, exercise, self-medication etc. I will be focusing on just the eating aspect of it. HEALTH (a complete state of physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity, according to the WHO).
Health is one of the greatest favour Allah has bestowed on us. Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) mounted the pulpit, then wept and said, “Ask Allah (swt) for forgiveness and health, for after being granted certainty, one is given nothing better than health.” Related in Tirmidhi
My health consciousness started while I was in the university, at first my friends didn’t understand why I decided to stop taking carbonated drinks except for malt drinks as part of reducing my sugar intake, they just assumed I had started my iye yi (over sabi sabi) again.
I remember when my mum always complained about Fanta/Coke been too sugary and insisted on diluting it with water, I always told her it wasn’t too sugary, she was probably just getting old and doesn’t like sweet things. Fast forward to some months later after staying off, I was very thirsty and had to take a cold bottle of Fanta, it was too sugary I had to ask why Fanta had increased its sugar content, of course Fanta didn’t increase its sugar content my taste buds adjusted.
Having a healthy eating lifestyle is more important than “dieting”, sometimes when people diet they find it hard to stick to it, but having a healthy eating lifestyle means you are changing your eating habit completely.
Healthy Eating Tips:
Swap the unhealthy food with healthy food: swap sugar with honey or date (honey should be taken in moderation, although honey is better, it still contains calories), Coke with freshly squeezed fruit juice or zobo etc.
Reduce oil intake: Fry with little oil, reduce fried food intake. Boil, steam and grill.
Eat right, moderately, and in the right proportion: “A man does not fill any vessel worse than his stomach. It is sufficient for the son of Adam to eat enough to keep him alive. But if he must do that, then one-third for his food, one-third for his drink and one-third for his air.”. Related in Tirmidhi
Reduce your salt and sugar intake: you don’t need that soft drink. The Coke, Fanta, Pepsi etc. are of no healthy use whatsoever, except you’re hypoglycaemic (low blood sugar) and in an urgent need of glucose (sugar). A nice bottle of delicious water, or green tea or zobo drink will do, and the body appreciates it more.
Don’t turn your stomach into a dustbin, by just dumping all sort of stuffs in it, really don’t!
Eat of the good things which We have provided for you.” (Quran 2:172) “Eat of what is lawful and wholesome on the earth.” (Quran 2:168)
You don’t have to eat only cooked food, you can add some salad to that mountain of rice, for some added benefits.
And it is He Who produces gardens trellised and untrellised, and date palms, and crops of different shape and taste (its fruits and its seeds) and olives, and pomegranates, similar (in kind) and different (in taste). Eat of their fruit when they ripen…” (Quran 6:141)
I know it’s not easy, but your body will thank you for it, it’s easier to fast and perform tahajud when healthy. May Allah make it easy for us all, Amin.