By Dee Dee Mahmood May 21, 2018

Updated 23 April 2020

How to eat SPICY foods  when you are fasting 

Good thing about spicy food? Spicy food’s content – chilli and pepper contain capsaicin, a substance that can boost your metabolism and help you maintain a healthy weight.
But then, after a day of empty stomach while fasting, you are taking a high risk of diarrhoea if you chomp on spicy food. 
But that Tom Yam Kooong looks appetising..and you MUST have can you?

Eat your Phoenix dactilyfera first…huh? Whats that? Dates…korma..thamar..

Dates has good fibre (even better than banana) and it is anti-constipation too. How? Dates correct the mineral content deregulation that occurs during constipation. To prevent constipation, we need a minimum of 20 – 35 grams of fibre every day to make our stools soft. 100 grams of dates has 8 g of fibre (banana has about 2.6 g of fibre)

To dilute the effects of spiciness to your stomach, drink Green or Oolong Teas

Green tea and oolong tea have been shown to increase metabolism by 4–5%. These teas help convert some of your body fat storage into free fatty acids, increasing fat burning capacity by upto 20%. 

Good night sleep 

With the spiciness comes the inability to sleep for some after a spicy meal. What do you do? Drink your hot milk and dates immersed in it. That will neutralise its effects. 

Sleep is a MUST so that you can stabilise your Ph levels in your body. Otherwise, you will end up with lots of stress hormones, throwing your Ph balance out of whack, thus increasing your chances of getting stomach upsets.furthermore, sleep deprivation boost the hunger hormone ghrelin, and decrease the fullness hormone leptin.

Lack of sleep has  been linked with increased blood sugar levels and insulin resistance linked to a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes and inefficient weight management.


Inadequate water intake makes your body pH balance acidic. That will cause stomach upsets.
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Exercising during Ramadhan, not only regulates your metabolism better (for good weight and health management), it works your gut better with good transport of blood to all your organs and system, including your gut lining resulting in a good digestive system. This helps alot when you want to eat spicy food after fasting decreasing likelihood of stomach upsets.

 Good time to exercise? Do your running and cardio work 1 hour before breaking fast or before sahoor, to avoid being thirsty and not being able to drink. High intensity weight training can be done earlier part of the day as your energy is still high from the morning sahoor. 

Mid day, medium strength training and pilates. 

High intensity exercises can be done after iftar.

Intermittent throughout the day? Stand more.

You can do 10 minutes of dance movements in 3 blocks spread throughout the day. 



2-4pm is a good time to rev up the metabolism and increase strength during Ramadhan  

Easiest exercise to do:
Any time is a good time for stretches. Do 2-3 times per day of these 12 Full Body Stretches below. It stretches and relaxes your muscles and tendon area gets massaged with the synovial fluid. Relax your body during fasting by stretching well.


Full body stretches

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Dee Dee Mahmood, multi award winning Celebrity Exercise Physiologist and Nutritionist, is the Academic Adjunct Senior Lecturer at Edith Cowan University Australia. Her PhD research on obesity was chosen for its impact on obesity in Asia and was accepted and presented at the President’s Cup Award, American College of Sports Medicine Northwest Annual Meeting in Tacoma, Washington. Ambassadors to brands like Reebok, Norwegian Seafood Council and Celebrity Beaute, this TEDX  Speaker has several signature community programs to her name, Fat2Fit Asia and Walking Football for Health Asia. She conducts  synergy on community and corporate health and research collaborations internationally. Dee Dee has just been appointed the Director for Asia for International Walking Football Federation. 
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