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During Ramadan

What should I eat and how can I manage my diet during Ramadan?

Allah has given us our health and it is a violation to knowingly and willingly harm it.

During Ramadan there is ample time to replenish energy stores at pre-dawn and dusk meals. A balanced diet and adequate fluid intake is essential between fasts, particularly as the fast will be during the long summer hours.

Suhoor, the pre-dawn meal, should be wholesome and filling to provide enough energy for many hours. It is important to include slowly-digested foods. Complex carbohydrates are foods that will help release energy slowly during fasting and are found in grains and seeds, like barley, wheat, oats, cereals, semolina, beans, lentils, wholemeal flour, basmati rice, etc.

Fibre-rich foods are also digested slowly; these include bran, whole wheat, grains and seeds, potatoes with the skin, all types of bread and breakfast cereals, vegetables such as green beans and fruit such as apricots, prunes or figs.

Iftar is the meal which breaks the day’s fast. This meal could include dates, following the Prophetic traditions. Try to eat a healthy balanced diet, enjoying some protein from meat/fish or lentils and some vegetables. Try to eat as you would normally and remember to eat only a moderate amount of fat and sugar.

Useful contacts

Muslim Chaplaincy Service

St Bartholomew's Hospital Muslim Chaplain: 020 346 57220
Newham and Whipps Cross University Hospital Muslim Chaplain: 020 7363 8053
The Royal London Hospital Muslim Chaplain: 020 3594 2070

Diabetes Services

Mile End Hospital: 0208 223 8609 or 0208 223 8744
Newham Hospital: 020 8586 5200
Whipps Cross Hospital: 020 8539 5522 EXT: 5706

Smoking Quit Line

Barts Health is a smoke-free Trust providing free help and support to stop smoking, for patients, the local community and staff.      

For advice and support, speak to a member of staff at any of our hospitals
who will be happy to refer you to specialist stop smoking support.

Clinic contacts

Mile End, St Bartholomew’s and The Royal London Hospital
Freephone: 0800 169 1943 Tel: 020 7882 8230

Newham University Hospital
Freephone: 0800 013 1673 Tel: 020 3373 6630

Whipps Cross University Hospital
Freephone: 0800 032 0102 Tel: 020 8532 6284

For more information about how top stop smoking go to the smoking pages on our website.

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Useful information

Faith in Health

Diabetes in Tower Hamlets 

Diabetes and
Ramadan discussion

Part one, Part two
Part three, Part four


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