5 Tips to help your fasting, this Ramadan

Ramadan is the one of the most predictable events of the Islamic year, yet it takes us by surprise every single time. And before we know it, our bodies are struggling with the first day of fasting. Being low on sugar, caffeine or nicotine is never a fun way to start the holy month.

Well before Ramadan starts , you can start planning ahead and coaching your body to cope with the routine fasting. 

Here are 5 tips for before and during Ramadan to ensure you are never drained of energy.

1. Ditch the Addictions


Everyone has that yearning in the morning when you unconsciously reach out for the coffee jar, then stop half way because it’s the first day of Ramadan.

To avoid the sudden shortage and withdrawal of caffeine, start by reducing the number of cups your drink per day, and increase the hours between each. Also try to avoid drinking coffee once you wake, and increase the time you give yourself before the first cup of coffee.

The same rules apply for nicotine addiction – if you try weaning yourself slowly off shisha or cigarettes now, you’ll be better come Ramadan.


2. Move often



One great way to stay focused and energized without having to eat or drink coffee is by moving. So make sure that every hour, you spend at least five minutes moving. Take a walk around the office or stretch at your desk. It will help you pump blood through your body, and you’ll get a fine boost to help you through the day.

Just make sure you don’t engage in exhausting exercise, or you will get thirsty.


3. Stay hydrated


This may sound silly, because how can you stay hydrated if you can’t drink water all day long, right? Wrong.

You can make sure you’re well hydrated by eating foods, especially fruits, that are rich in juices when you break your fast or before you start your fast.

Also, it’s very important to make it a habit to reach out for water instead of sodas and coffee post iftar, which won’t really quench your thirst.


4. Eat foods that take longer to digest


Since you won’t be eating for a while, you want to make sure you have enough nutrients lingering in your body for as long as possible. That’s why it’s important to include complex carbohydrates into your meals, especially at the Suhoor (predawn meal). This will help to release energy throughout the day.


5. Eat consciously


With regular meals turned into huge feasts, a lot of people tend to eat much more than their body actually needs. Let alone the kind of foods they stuff their bellies with …

Avoid deep fried foods as much as possible, and limit your use of salt.

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The Award of Culinary Excellence for Marriott Regional Chef of the Year in Middle East & Africa Discipline

Chef Chandra - Marriot Harbour Executive Chef

“Congratulations to our Executive Chef, Swamy Chandrasekhara, for winning the Middle East & Africa Discipline Award of Culinary Excellence for Marriott Regional Chef of the Year! The annual awards are distributed to leading experts within the culinary field spread across all Marriott properties worldwide.


Known as Chef Chandra has a long standing relationship with the Marriott family beginning in 2006. In 2012, after two years with the property, he was promoted to Executive Chef of the Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites, branching from his dedication, passion and continuous presence of mind toward the end goals of the restaurants. He has always been vocal in motivating his team to achieve a number one position in quality of food and also plays a lead role in analyzing guest voice comments on Food & Beverage.

In the past, Marriott has awarded Chef Chandra the Rising Star Award 2012 and the Middle East & Africa Chef of the Year 2013, for his exceptional contributions. The award is a true reflection of his accomplishments and we would like to wish him all the best for his future successes.”

‘Mini Plated’ Competition organised by the Emirates Culinary Guild

'Mini Plated' Competition organised by the Emirates Culinary Guild

Our very own Chef Prabhu (top row-second from right), Chef De Partie of AZ.U.R. Restaurant, was part of the U.S. Beef and Export Federation ‘Mini Plated’ Competition organised by the Emirates Culinary Guildat the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek.

Over 18 hotels participating from Dubai with 55 Chefs, the criteria of the competition was to have 3 main course plates with #USBeef parts as the only #Proteinand all plates be static-glazed with Aspic.

If you are curious about the Beef Cheeks, Beef Tenderloin or the Flank Steak presented by Chef Prabhu at the competition? Join us at AZ.U.R on weeknights to speak with the Chef in person.