Coffee is the ultimate challenge for coffee addicts in Ramadan. If you’re someone who’s used to waking up and smelling coffee every morning but is now putting up with headaches, dizziness, snapping in meetings and psychotic traffic tantrums and other caffeine withdrawal symptoms, give yourself a pat on the back. You deserve it. Because handling caffeine withdrawal is no walk in the park.
Here are 5 quick tips from dieticians to ease your way out of this predicament throughout Ramadan.
1. HYDRATE YOURSELF
Staying hydrated while fasting is important to combating caffeine withdrawal. So, make sure to drinks lots of water between iftar and suhoor. Set hourly reminders and keep a bottle of water with you always.
2. HAVE A BALANCED DIET
For suhoor, try your best to have a lot of whole grain carbs, a source of protein, and healthy fats to help you feel full and provide energy for longer during the day. Make sure you are not overeating during iftar and undereating during suhoor.
3. GO BANANAS!
Bananas keep you hydrated, which is totally what is needed during Ramadan mornings. But in addition to this, bananas help neutralize the headaches that happen because of the lack of caffeine. So make sure you include bananas in your suhoor meal early in the morning.
4. A QUICK WORKOUT
Workouts can be an impossible task to do while your energy levels are low and you are missing caffeine. But a good workout releases adrenaline just like your favorite brew does. So try and squeeze in a 10-15 minutes yoga or light cardio during the day.
5. GET ENOUGH SLEEP
Compromising your sleeping hours is never healthy and if you’re trying to beat caffeine withdrawal, it’s a big no-no. Fatigue is one of the common symptoms of caffeine withdrawal, so getting enough sleep is a really important step to fight this.
Finally, enjoy your cup of joe soon after breaking your fast to get your caffeine fix without messing with your sleep!