It has occurred to me that Fasting is preparing me for when I pregnant and also for when I am a new mother dealing with a newborn. Here are five reasons how fasting will help:
1. During Ramadan you fast from dawn to sunset and you do not consume any food or water. This makes it very difficult to do any hard exercise.
So any weight you were planning to “burn” off – Forget about it. The only way to lose weight is to eat less and eat healthy – which is the main focus of this blog btw. Just like when you are pregnant, exercise will be restricted and when you are a mother your time to exercise will be restricted. The only way to control your weight will be primarily by having discipline over what you eat.
2. Fasting requires patience and calmness.
So does pregnancy and motherhood. During those nine months things will happen to your body as it prepares to bring life into the world and that process demands calmness and peace.
3. Fasting builds your endurance. 16.5-17 hours of no water, no food, and keeping your attitude positive – that is a long time. You get stronger of mind and will and you can endure. Labor often requires such endurance and of course all Mothers must have endurance.
4. Fasting in the summer months will test your ability to exist on less sleep and to take naps when you can.
Sound familiar? That’s right – those first months with a newborn. If you did Ramadan, expecially in the summer months, you’ll be ready. I’m getting up at 2:50 am and going to work at 6:30 am. I go to work and I go the whole day without food or water until 8:30 pm. But I preserve my energy for only what I have to do. This skill will come in handy when I have a child.
My coworkers, friends, and non-Muslim family can not believe I fast in the summer. They think it’s insane. They all say, “I could never do that. Who does that? It’s crazy. No water?! Get out of here!” Who does that, you ask? This girl. This girl does it along with 2 billion other people around the world. It can be done. And so it begs the question – what can’t be done.
I feel invincible at the end of every Ramadan. I have a built in security that “I can do anything” and I carry that confidence all year long until my next boost, the next Ramadan. Motherhood, especially with a newborn, requires endurance. Late nights, breastfeeding, crying babies, constant monitoring over someone else- you need endurance and you need to know that you are capable. Fasting can give you that.
If you are not practicing Ramadan, you can still reap the benefits of fasting as a preparation for when you become pregnant and become a mother by fasting on your own accord whether it be spiritual or just for health. It will help you. I promise.
Thursday and Friday’s eating went like this:
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Breakfast – Virgin Diet Shake
Dinner – 2 apples; 1 cup of roasted broccoli; 1 chicken thigh with skin and bone (Yay! only one); 1 cup of sauteed kale; 1/2 cup of roasted sweet potatoes; 1 cup of green tea with unsweetened almond milk
Friday, June 26, 2016
Breakfast: Virgin Diet Shake; 1 chicken thigh with skin and bone; 1 cup of sautéed kale; 3/4 cup of roasted sweet potatoes
Dinner: 1/2 Virgin Diet Shake; 1 steak (long and skinny); 1 cup of sautéed kale; 1/2 cup of sweet potatoes