Ramadan is a holy date that many Muslims use as a time to reflect on their lives, to focus on improvement and to increase their worship and devotion to the Qur’an. Though, there’s no denying that it’s no easy feat. After all, if fasting from dawn to dusk was easy, it wouldn’t be much of a spiritual journey. What may surprise you though is that this spiritual experience doesn’t have to be, nor should it be dreadful either. The secret? Coffee for Ramadan.
Start Your Pre-Fast with a Cup of Joe
Coffee Can Keep You Feeling Full
If you’re a Muslimah who relies on a nice, hot cup of Joe to get your day started, the thought of going without it can be intimidating. Coffee is a natural stimulant as it contains caffeine, which is prohibited during the fasting periods of Ramadan.
However, you can still enjoy your coffee prior to dawn and doing so can significantly help you thrive throughout Ramadan as it gives you the satisfying “full” feeling. Not only that but this will also help deter any withdrawals symptoms that often follows the sudden stop of caffeine intake.
Coffee Will Help You Overcome Feelings of Fatigue and Drowsiness
Fasting from dawn to dusk can leave you feeling pretty sluggish on the first day; add on another 10, 15 or 20 days and the drowsiness can feel unbearable. Drinking a cup of coffee prior to the fast can help you overcome those feelings of fatigue and drowsiness, as it’s a natural stimulant that will keep you alert as you head into the day.
Coffee Will Boost You With Antioxidants
Your body needs nutrients to properly function throughout the day. So, when fasting for Ramadan, you want to make sure you provide your body with what it needs to get you through the fasting period – and you guessed it, coffee can do just that.
This delicious, aroma-rich beverage is full of antioxidants. So, a cup of Joe prior to the sun rising can help keep your body safe and protected from germs throughout the day.
Preparing for Less Coffee During Ramadan
Perhaps you’re the kind of Muslimah who enjoys a jolt of java throughout the day. You rely on coffee to get you up in the morning; to fight off the midday slump and to get you through the evening. Come Ramadan, that will change.
However, coffee does contain caffeine which is an addictive stimulant. Abruptly stopping or limiting your coffee intake during Ramadan can result in some unpleasant feelings, such as migraines, dizziness, increased tiredness, and fatigue. So, it’s highly recommended to prepare for less coffee as the months lead up to Ramadan.
As a rule of thumb, it’s recommended to reduce your coffee intake by half approximately two weeks prior to Ramadan. The easiest way to do this is to slowly add more decaffeinated coffee into your cups each day.
As Ramadan gets even closer, you’ll want to try to change all of your midday cups of coffee to decaffeinated versions. Don’t worry; you can still enjoy the caffeinated version in the morning prior to dawn.
Preparing for Coffee at Night
Adding coffee into your Ramadan routine can help you get through the day. However, sipping on a caffeinated beverage once the sun goes down isn’t always practical, as the caffeine can keep you up at night. So, you may want to stick with caffeinated coffee before the fast and opt for decaffeinated coffees to break the fast. This will give you the taste you love without the stimulant that can keep you awake at night.
With a balanced meal during suhour and a strategic coffee plan, you can thrive through Ramadan while still enjoying the beverage you rely on to get you up and moving in the morning. As a bonus, drinking that cup of joe prior to the fast will give you the boost you need to concentrate and remain alert and awake throughout the day. So, coffee and Ramadan? You bet!