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Fasting during Ramadan...need advice.

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created March 28, 2013 at 11:01 PM

Hello all, This is my first post on this forum. I've read many of the topics here and have learned a ton in very little time. This will be my first Ramadan (the Muslim holy month of fasting) on a paleo diet. I used to eat oatmeal and whatnot, but now that it is off the menu, I need some ideas on what would be a good breakfast to hold me throughout the day. Keep in mind that from sun up to sun down, I cannot eat or drink anything. This process repeats for 30 days. While I understand many might think this is unhealthy and nuts, it is a religious obligation to teach us what it is like to be without and to appreciate what we have. So again, I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestions on a breakfast that would sustain me from 3am to 8 or 9pm every day for 30 days. Thanks.

Liam

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on April 01, 2013
at 06:46 PM

Thanks for the info and for the Ramadan wishes:)

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on March 29, 2013
at 02:10 AM

You've got plenty of time to get yourself acclimated to eating more protein when you first wake up and even "practicing" your fast, aka trying intermittent fasting! :)

135e21209a0034559f9d2372cceeac67

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on March 29, 2013
at 12:33 AM

Thanks Dutch for your reply. I'll certainly look into it.

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on March 29, 2013
at 12:31 AM

Thanks for the kind, informative replies. To answer Jeff's question, I live in Syracuse, New York. Ramadan is in July this year, so I'm just trying to get myself ready.

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on March 28, 2013
at 11:17 PM

Probably too late now, but for next year you might want to try getting into ketosis. The keto people I know swear that they can go all day without eating and barely even notice. Otherwise, I agree with Dutch: the intermittent fasting people are already doing this, and you can probably look at the methods they use.

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on March 28, 2013
at 11:15 PM

I suggest a search for intermittent fasting (often abbreviated IF here). Eating at 3am and 9pm puts you pretty close to the ideal interval of 16 hrs fasting and 8 hrs eating.

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on March 29, 2013
at 12:33 AM

Thanks Dutch for your reply. I'll certainly look into it.

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on March 28, 2013
at 11:46 PM

it's actually quite healthy to do.... What part of the world are you in? Where I am sunset is around 7pm. And can your suhoor meal be taken a bit later? closer to 4 or 5am? I would have a huge amount of protein and fat. You should find the fasting much easier on a paleo diet than a typical western diet.

135e21209a0034559f9d2372cceeac67

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on March 29, 2013
at 12:31 AM

Thanks for the kind, informative replies. To answer Jeff's question, I live in Syracuse, New York. Ramadan is in July this year, so I'm just trying to get myself ready.

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on March 29, 2013
at 02:10 AM

You've got plenty of time to get yourself acclimated to eating more protein when you first wake up and even "practicing" your fast, aka trying intermittent fasting! :)

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on March 29, 2013
at 10:18 PM

Paleo is great for the ramadan fast! Keeps carbs minimal, stay away from rice/sweets/dates loaded iftar buffets. (A lot of people actually gain weight in ramadan because they eat so many sweets at iftar and suhoor!)
Get in keto-adapted and you will deal with the fast fine - base all your meals on fatty meat, eggs, and has been suggested, coffee with heavy cream and a blob of coconut oil. It will be a bit trickier in NYC because of the later sunset and earlier sunrise but it is still easier on paleo than on standard diet. A really heavy fatty meat-based meal will keep you full for hours and hours but you do need to eat double of what you'd normally eat in terms of meat intake!

Your big issue will be water - when you're in ketosis you get really thirsty and I think the body needs more water to burn fat and protein. Prepare to spend your days devilishly thirsty, and you will get dehydrated. Honestly I don't understand how people didn't die in the Middle East during Ramadan when it was in the summer before there was air con. 50 degrees and no water all day?!

Leangains has good info on fasting

Ramadan Kareem in advance ;)

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on April 01, 2013
at 06:46 PM

Thanks for the info and for the Ramadan wishes:)

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on March 29, 2013
at 07:09 PM

I've been experimenting with 24 hour fasts once a week (per Eat Stop Eat, from 8am to 8am). My favorite breakfast day-of-fast is chicken meatballs in gravy. Both recipes can be made ahead and time and reheated. I make the meatballs out of ground chicken, and the gravy from coconut milk. Here are the recipes: http://kennedycircusunleashed.blogspot.com/2012/10/paleo-gravy.html, http://kennedycircusunleashed.blogspot.com/2011/04/breakfast-sausage.html.

Sometimes I also add a bowl of frozen blueberries with coconut milk on top. Not sure if the carbs help or hinder yet.

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on March 29, 2013
at 05:40 PM

Few people here will think that fasting is unhealthy. In fact, many people here fast strictly for health reasons. You're in good company.

I find I am less hungry during the day if I have a low- or no-carb, high-protein breakfast. For me this usually means a couple of eggs, or a 2-3 egg omlette with vegetables. I also have coffee with whole cream. Sunup to sundown during the summer can be a long fast but in the winter I often fast from sunup to sundown just by virtue of skipping lunch.

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on March 29, 2013
at 04:08 PM

Fatty meat (lamb?) and potatoes, other veg to taste.

You've got a few months to prepare so you could do a one day fast using different meals once every week or two and see which ones work for you.

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on March 29, 2013
at 02:20 AM

Have a big-assed bulletproof coffee. Can you take caffeine? If you can, yea... it'll keep you going. All-in-all it'd be 2-6 Tbsp (or more, as much as you want) of grass-fed butter and the same amount of coconut. Blend it in some top-shelf coffee. You might get some hunger the first day or two, but then no more.

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on March 29, 2013
at 02:05 AM

You will be fine! Load up on fats and protein in the AM you'll hardly notice you're hungry. The paleo diet is ideal for this IMO

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