Almighty Allah Who created the universe from nothing has
made human beings responsible not only for acting as His servants but
also for looking after their bodily existence. He has entrusted to them
what needs to be kept as best as can be. We must not forget that robust
health is the greatest blessing that Allah has given us. When we protect
the bodies entrusted to us from illness, there are a few things about
nutrition that we should keep in mind:
- Do not eat animal fats, butter or margarine.
- Eat lost of fruits and vegetables, even before meals.
- Be careful of salt and cook your food without using salt.
- Eat small amounts frequently.
- Do not eat late. If possible, get used to not eating after 9 oâ€™clock.
- Use cold pressed olive oil in your food and on your salads. But donâ€™t
use too much olive oil; no more than 2 tablespoons a day. Otherwise the
consumption of unsaturated fats will cause you to gain weight.
- Watch your carbohydrate intake. You should eat only one kind of carbohydrate
per meal, such as bread, rice or pasta.
- Avoid refined sugar and white bread. Eat brown sugar instead of white
and whole grain bread instead of white bread. Refined sugar and carbohydrates
dissolve quickly in the blood producing an excess of insulin that could
overwork the pancreas. This could hasten the onset of diabetes. Whole
grain products contain vitamin B, leave a person feeling full and supply
fiber that facilitates the working of the intestines.
- Balance your cholesterol with omega oils. Omega oils balance the cholesterol
produced in the liver. Omege-3 is found mainly in fish; Omega-6 is found
in walnuts and hazelnuts. Omega-3 found in canola oil has recently become
- Cold water oily fish are especially rich in Omega-3 but because they
contain lots of cholesterol they must be eaten sparingly. You can eat
two small servings twice a week.
- We do not need more sugar or sweets than we get in our daily diet.
The bread and rice that we consume is changed by the liver into the sugar
that the body needs every day. One way to keep the blood sugar stable
is to eat whole grain bread and brown rice which pass into the bloodstream
after being slowly absorbed by the intestines. The stability of the blood
sugar caused by these foods make us feel satisfied for a long time. This
balance is delicately adjusted, but in any case if you are craving for
sugar satisfy it by eating natural sweets such as dates, figs or a dried