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Ramadan Reboot

 

Ramadan Reboot

Ramadan Reboot

To detox your body you eliminate toxins such as sugar, refined and processed carbs, dairy, nuts, coffee, cigarettes and alcohol. These foods are all common allergens that cause many people sensitivities, digestive problems, moodiness, headaches, low energy, indigestion, constipation, skin conditions such as acne, hormonal issues, insomnia and even infertility and cancer, to name a few.

When you remove these toxins you rest your digestive system and automatically begin cleansing on a cellular level. It’s so vital that we take the time throughout the year to go through this process and get back in tune with our bodies because detoxing, or rebooting your body and metabolism serves several purposes: you uncover hidden food sensitivities; learn what foods fuel your body; you rev up your metabolism; reduce cravings; and reduce inflammation that leads to weight gain.

You may be wondering why I’m telling you about detoxing in Ramadan, a time when we clearly and knowingly do the complete opposite! Because just as our metabolism needs a reboot every once in awhile, so too does our soul.  In my first blog, I spoke to you about Primary Foods: career, exercise, relationships, and spirituality. Ramadan gives us the opportunity to celebrate and indulge in one of our most important (and sometimes most neglected) Primary Foods: spirituality.

Every religion and culture around the world recognizes and practices a tradition of fasting:  to nurture the soul instead of feeding the body. We feed (and in some cases overfeed) our bodies everyday throughout the year. For one month, we are required to re-examine our souls, to not be concerned with what we do or don’t eat. To practice self-control in the face of worldly temptations.

In the same way we cleanse our body to achieve optimal physical health and vitality, we clear and replenish our souls so we can achieve optimal inner peace and harmony. Have you ever really considered what may be toxic in your life? Do you know what is keeping you stuck and frustrated with your life? Do you wish “something” could change but you’re not sure what? Non-food toxins wreak havoc on us in a way that is just as harmful as toxic foods. We are simply less attuned to them and generally less likely to face them since we see them as personal shortcomings. The easy way out is to downplay their importance or impact. But this is precisely the time to face and let go of the non-food toxins that are not serving your body or your life.

To do that you need to harness the power in you to strengthen your will on spiritual matters. Wherever you are on your spiritual journey, go deep to find and remove the toxins that hinder your inner growth: are you cynical or intolerant? Do you usually think negatively? Are you greedy or lazy? Are you short-tempered and impatient? Do you want to be more charitable?  Whatever your shortcoming may be, reboot yourself in Ramadan. Feed on soul-enriching positivity, prayer, love, tolerance, joy, acceptance, gratitude, generosity, patience, moderation, forgiveness and humility. Practice better self-discipline. Become socially responsible. And inspire others around you to do the same. I’m not saying it will be easy, but you will be amazed at the endless possibilities.

Once you grasp the true meaning of abstaining from food to fuel your spirituality, you will feel the incredible benefits of a more transparent soul, clearer mind and lighter body. You will be able to transport those feelings of spiritual empowerment to other areas of your life. Just as we have blueprints for what works for us physically, we all have a blueprint for what propels us forward to become the best version of ourselves. Try not to take the experience at face value and fret about how much you are missing your coffee or your cigarettes. You will miss the point and this month will pass like all the others. Embrace it.

Even if you don’t celebrate Ramadan, it is hard to miss the festive and communal spirit of this month. Especiallly during these challenging times, it’s so important to ride the wave of good will and rejoice with your friends and neighbors.

At sunset, eat! Feast on your meals surrounded by family and loved ones. Acknowledge and appreciate the love and effort that went into preparing your meal and be thankful for the company that surrounds you.

Kol Sana Winto Tayibeen!

 

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Dana Dinnawi

Dana Dinnawi is an Integrative Nutrition health coach specializing in empowering women to improve their health and family life. She received her training from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where she studied more than one hundred dietary theories and a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods. She can be reached through her website and Facebook page.

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