Are there any particular foods one should stop consuming the month before Ramadan?
When our bodies are healthier it is easier to digest fats, metabolize sugar, use nutrients we consume and eliminate toxins from our system.
When our bodies are imbalanced it becomes difficult to digest fats, metabolize sugar, use nutrients we consume and eliminate toxins from our system.
During Ramadan our bodies need to be as healthy as possible so when we change our dietary habits, our bodies have the "reserves" to handle this change and extra stress. Without "reserves" a person fasting during Ramadan will feel weak, tired, emotionally stressed and more.
The foods one should stop consuming about a three-four weeks before Ramadan starts are also the foods one should minimize or eliminate from their diet on a regular basis. However, if you don't feel you are ready for such a lifestyle change at this time, it will at least be beneficial to eliminate these foods before Ramadan so you can enter the month of fasting with less risk to your health and more energy.
My "top ten" list of foods/substances one should eliminate for optimum health is:
4. All Caffeine including green tea and all sodas with caffeine.
6. White flour, including pastries, white pasta and white bread.
7. All oils except olive oil.
8. Artificial sugars like Aspartame or Splenda.
9. Anything containing MSG
10. Processed snack foods like chips and candy bars.