Food Mondays: Fasting During Ramadan

Worshippers stand in line for the iftar meal after breaking their fast at sunset during the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the Islamic Center of Greater Miami, Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Muslims throughout the world are marking Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, in which devotees refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex from sunrise to sunset.
Worshippers stand in line for the iftar meal after breaking their fast at sunset during the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the Islamic Center of Greater Miami, Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Muslims throughout the world are marking Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, in which devotees refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex from sunrise to sunset. Lynne Sladky / AP Photo
Worshippers stand in line for the iftar meal after breaking their fast at sunset during the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the Islamic Center of Greater Miami, Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Muslims throughout the world are marking Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, in which devotees refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex from sunrise to sunset.
Worshippers stand in line for the iftar meal after breaking their fast at sunset during the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the Islamic Center of Greater Miami, Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Muslims throughout the world are marking Ramadan, the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, in which devotees refrain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex from sunrise to sunset. Lynne Sladky / AP Photo

Food Mondays: Fasting During Ramadan

During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims around the globe fast from dawn to sunset, eating two main meals each day: suhoor and iftar. Suhoor is served before dawn, and iftar, after sunset. On today’s Food Mondays segment, though, we’re talking about the time between the meals. How do you stay happy and healthy when you’re not eating or drinking for hours at a stretch? Worldview’s food, health and culture reporter Monica Eng sits down with Meha Ahmad, a producer for WBEZ’s The Morning Shift who is observing Ramadan, to talk about strategies for fasting. We also hear from listeners about how they stay as full and hydrated as possible during the long daytime hours.