Resistance may be a battle, but avoid indulging all at once.”It’s better to eat little portions at a time than fill yourself up all at once,” Ferreira said. “Make sure you’re listening to your body. … Being aware of what you’re eating is almost more useful for people than what exact foods to eat.”–
Gastrointestinal problems such as bloating can be avoided by sticking to small portions. “You can have some GI distress when you’re eating that much, especially when you’re not used to it,” Ferreira said. “Eat a variety, but keep your quantities small. That will just help you prevent that uncomfortable fullness.”–
Though sweets such as baklava are an important (and delicious) part of the feast, be sure to go easy on them. “After doing a lot of fasting, if you’re putting that much sugar into your body, it can make you feel ill and nauseous from the high blood sugar. … It’s just not the best for your body to have those crazy surges,” Ferreira said.–
Whether you eat baklava, roti john or lalmohan, diversifying food intake is key for a balanced diet. Experts advise making sure to get enough protein, carbohydrates, fresh fruit and vegetables throughout the day to keep your body happy.–
“Fruits and vegetables, those are going to provide you with minerals you’ve missed out on,” Ferreira said. She highlights that people don’t need to take vitamins if they go back to eating a healthy diet in the weeks after the feast.–
Fasting during Ramadan also involves no drinking during daylight hours, so the body can have some hydration to catch up on during Eid celebrations. “As well as enjoying delicious dishes, remember to keep drinking fluids throughout the day to stay hydrated,” Ferreira said.–
One type of microbe, akkermansia, is particularly helpful. “It comes out during fasting periods, and because it has no food to feed off, it actually nibbles away at your gut lining,” Spector said. Fear not — this is a good thing. “It tidies it up,” he said.–
During a feast, Spector recommends eating probiotics such as cheese and yogurt as well as polyphenol-rich foods including artichokes, leeks, onions, red berries and extra virgin olive oil, which provide energy for the now-abundant levels of good bacteria in your gut.–
After a month of fasting, it will take some time for your body to adjust to a normal diet. Ferreira explains that it’s also best to get back to normal eating habits the day after the feast, so nutrients can be replenished regularly over the following weeks.
“Most people return to their normal state within two to four weeks. … It depends on your age [and] your medical condition, how quickly your body will bounce back,” she said.
Although it’s important to eat healthy, the main thing to remember on a celebration day like Eid al-Fitr is to have fun. “People should enjoy themselves! It’s a tradition. They want to have a good time,” Ferreira said.
You now have your tips — go out and celebrate!