In this day and age many of us do not get as much exercise as we may like to due to work and family commitments; or we may just feel that we have better things to do. If you are unable to exercise as much as you would like but still want to maintain a healthy weight then it is important that you eat the right foods to help you do this and only indulge in your favourite, less healthy foods occasionally. If you are unsure about what to eat then all the options and diets that are available can sometimes be difficult to decipher and follow; especially if you have specific dietary restrictions due to your religion or allergies. This article will help you to understand how to eat the correct foods to give you energy, keep you feeling full and help you lose or maintain your weight.
What to Eat
If you are Muslim then there is less information available to you about the best things to eat on a diet or just to maintain a healthy weight. One good way of maintaining your weight is to eat foods that will keep you fuller for longer and contain fibre and other vitamins. You will also ensure that your body has the best chance of remaining healthy if you eat foods with a low glycaemic index (GI). This can improve your blood sugar and reduce the risk of diseases such as cardiovascular disease and cancer.
Two of the main staples of a Muslim diet are chapatti and rice. A chapatti is made from whole wheat flour and whole grains. This means that they are high in fibre, vitamins and minerals and also have a low glycaemic index which we know is a healthy option. You can eat chapatti with beans and vegetables as a healthy meal that will provide you with acceptable amounts of protein and fibre. Other foods that can be included in a healthy meal are brown rice and beans that have a low GI and can contribute to your healthy lifestyle.
The Spice of Life
One way to make your food taste and smell delicious is to add spices to it. Many halal dishes are made with a number of spices, the most common of which is curry. So is therefore acceptable to use in a healthy diet. If you enjoy eating spicy food then you may already be on your way to a healthy diet. Capsaicin which is found in hot peppers also helps to reduce your appetite and lower your metabolism so if you enjoy your spicy food, carry on eating it, and adding spices to your meals.
The Importance of a Halal Diet to Muslims
There are many foods that Muslims are not allowed to eat on a halal diet and these include pork and pork products and alcohol. It is important that when cooking you can ensure the ingredients that you are using halal; and to do this it is important you have a reputable supplier you can call on to provide you with halal chicken, halal lamb and anything else that you require. So make sure you do your research before choosing a supplier.
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