Rules to Go By this Eid

Ciao beauties!
Hope you’re keeping up with Monday (I’m trying too). With Eid-Ul-Azha around the corner, we already see the excitement of festivities that the auspicious occasion brings along. Where Eid-Ul-Fitar is the time for lots of Eidi and sweet treats, this Eid calls for some finger-licking meaty feast s. The vegan craze might have taken over the youth but some real foodies know the pleasure of those grilled mutton chops and kebabs (salivating already?). But before we get down to devouring our favorite meals, there are some measures that you gotta take to make this time of the year trouble-free. You might wanna scribble the following rules on your mind so that you get the best of this Eid. Ready? Let’s roll.

With Congo Virus on the rise, the time demands us to go an extra mile to keep this fatal disease at bay. I know how excited kids get to see animals that are brought home for the holy sacrifice but please keep them away. Take all the necessary measures to ensure the cleanliness of animals. Do as much as you can to keep your (and your loved ones’) health in check.

Distribute as much meat as possible among those who don’t get to enjoy this bounty the whole year round. I know the trend of storing meat has decreased tremendously and households no longer pile up their refrigerators with meat. It’s not wise, anyways. Storing meat for long decreases its nutritional value and increases the risks of meat-borne infections. Reserve a portion for your family needs that can be consumed within a day or two. If that’s your mantra already, double thumbs up!

Use kitchen gloves for cutting and marinating meat. Covering your hands with kitchen gloves will not only keep them safe from the havoc that spices wreck after you marinate but it will also make the whole experience of cooking less messier. After all, your manicure needs to look on pint when you have your guests over!

Excess of everything is bad. Don’t overeat, please. I know it’s hard to resist a plate full of kebabs or mutton biryani but hold your hunger horses. Eating just right (or a little less) is beneficial for your metabolism so don’t bloat your stomach. Keep a check on your calorie intake and don’t stuff yourself just because you are served with your favorite dish.

Go easy on cold drinks. I am sure you’re bombarded by the enticing ads where cold drinks are projected as mandatory meal sidekicks but trust me, avoiding them is the best. If you totally can’t resist the urge, you can have some between the meals. Try switching for healthier homemade drinks that has lots of lemon in it. The best bet? Fizz-free mint margarita gets the job done. Make sure to drink at least 2 cups of green tea after some time of your meal during the day. This will help with the digestion and you’ll have fewer toxins stocked up in your system.

Beef steaks make a great feast, hands down. Pick less fatty portion of the meat and marinate it with just the right amount of spices. Avoid putting in a lot of spices in your other meals as well. The lesser the spices, the more flavor you’ll get. Too much spice is also not good for the gut so strike a healthy balance.

DO NOT forget to have lots of fresh salad and some fruits during the day. Fruits and fresh veggies are essential for providing the body with the vitamins and nutrients that are necessary for the gut. Much on seasonal fruits. Toss some healthy veggies into a bowl for succulent goodness. This has to be an indispensible part of your daily dietary intake. Eid days are no exception!

Walk, walk, walk! Yes, don’t get all sluggish after stuffing yourself. Get up and go for a walk. If you are a fitness freak already then I don’t really have to state this. Those of you who need better digestion and less “filling” feel, this is a must-do. Put on your track suit and get moving!

Whether you have planned an extensive BBQ session for your friends or you’re going for the dinner at your relatives’, make sure you don’t eat anything at least 2 hours before hitting the sack. Ideally, it should be three hours before you doze off. Going to bed within a short time after eating would lead to digestion problems and well, that hideous tummy fat. I’m sure you don’t want that, do you?

These are some of the ways through which you can ensure a healthy and hearty time during the festivities of Eid-Ul-Azha. Does your family have any peculiar Eid rituals? How do you celebrate this promising occasion? Hit me up on Facebook and share away! Wishing you a blissful Meaty Eid in advance. Eid Mubakraaa, oops, Eid Mubarak! Until next time.
Love, Redah.