Eid In Recovery- *Food and Feasts*

 

“If you are grateful, I shall certainly give you increase” [Qur’an, 14:7]

Something that I’ve always feared; with all the variety & the quantity of foods present, I couldn’t but feel tensed & stressed 😬 .
“Omg what should I eat”;
“How will I know if I’m not overeating”;
“Will I be judged for eating too much or too little?”;
“What’s the best way for me to control my food”. & more worrying thoughts to think of… I’m not gonna lie & say that it’s super easy for me to attend a family gathering,buffet, or any form of events. because it still isn’t. But I’m learning how to build a strong connection with my body & to trust it enough, it is certainly not easy .

 

 

 

Dear Readers,

 

We bring to you another reflection on Eid from a person in Recovery. We thank S from North Africa for sharing this with us. We share this to create awareness of Eid and Eating Disorders.

 

 

*Eid-ul-Fitr

*Food and Feasts*

 

Eat and drink of what Allah has provided, and do not go about the earth spreading ‘Fasād’ (corruption, mischief, disorder).” (Quran, 2:60)

Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) commands us in the Noble Quran in surah 7, verse 31, that we must _“eat and drink”_ but we should _“not be excessive”_ i.e. we should neither eat too little nor too much. Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) then continues in the verse to warn us that He (سبحانه و تعالى) does not like those who are excessive (in eating and drinking).

Eid-ul-Fitr is the Eid of feasting. After a month of fasting for the pleasure of Allah (سبحانه و تعالى), we celebrate the bounties that we have been blessed with by cooking and eating a storm! However, as the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ) teaches us, we as Muslims need to be moderate in all of our actions.

*A few aspects to consider* on the day when you are planning your menus:
• Think of your energy consumption. Plan your preparation and cooking times to ensure that the stoves and ovens get switched on less frequently and for shorter periods of time.
• Incorporate more healthier food options into your menu as well as food items that have a lower carbon footprint. Include vegetable dishes and fruit platters, and decrease the amount of meat and sweet that you serve. You will feel a whole lot better after a day of eating wiser!
• Don’t waste food. Encourage guests to dish out food wisely, and respect what is not eaten. Save leftovers for the next day (less cooking work) or share it with others.

Eid-ul-Fitr is also *a time to share our bounties:*
• Pay fitrah for all your household members, preferably well in advance.
• Be charitable and give more than the minimum fitrah amount if possible.
• Donate to the many of the charity organisations that feed the less fortunate, both local and international.
• Donate to an animal shelter (SPCA) and help feed the creations of Allah (سبحانه و تعالى).
• Share the yummy delights and wholesome meals that you cook with those around you. Strengthen the ties of your relationship between family, friends, neighbours, employees, and colleagues.

May Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) grant you baraqah in all the food that you make, eat and share on this upcoming day of Eid-ul-Fitr.

Aameen,

🍗🥗🍭🍵🍒🍽🍒🍵🍭🥗🍗

Sunnah of Eid ul Fitr

 


✓To Rise Early
✓To Clean The Teeth With Miswak
✓To Have a Bath/Ghusl
✓To Dress in one’s Best Garments in an Islamic Manner
✓To Apply Perfume
✓To Eat Before Eid Salah
✓To Go Early for Eid Salah
✓To Walk for Eid Salah Using One Route and Return one Another

Eid Mubarak to all of Muslim!

 

🥖🍗🥩religious feasts & me 🍱🧁🍫

Something that I’ve always feared; with all the variety & the quantity of foods present, I couldn’t but feel tensed & stressed 😬 .
“Omg what should I eat”;

“How will I know if I’m not overeating”;
“Will I be judged for eating too much or too little?”;
“What’s the best way for me to control my food”. & more worrying thoughts to think of… I’m not gonna lie & say that it’s super easy for me to attend a family gathering,buffet, or any form of events. because it still isn’t. But I’m learning how to build a strong connection with my body & to trust it enough, it is certainly not easy .

I’m learning to trust my body’s hunger & fullness cues .
I’m learning to trust that my body (by itself) will make up for my food, whether I overeat at a buffet or under eat .
I’m learning that part of being a “normal eater” is to sometimes overeat .
I’m learning that recovery is a forever on-going process that I’ll cherish at every occasion & especially when it involves an endless amount of food.
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Yes, I do fear enjoying food on special occasions like eid , but I first & foremost eat to live, not live to eat 🤞🏼

It’s all about balance , flexibility,and variety .
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Yes; “forbidden” fruits taste the sweetest & when we stop restricting certain foods, they lose their power over us & we’ll see ourselves satisfied with a normal amount rather than completely banning it from our life or bingeing on a kilogram of it

I fear also social events.family gatherings and all kind of meetings where food is on tables lol

Sunnah of Eid ul Fitr

✓To Rise Early
✓To Clean The Teeth With Miswak
✓To Have a Bath/Ghusl
✓To Dress in one’s Best Garments in an Islamic Manner
✓To Apply Perfume
✓To Eat Before Eid Salah
✓To Go Early for Eid Salah
✓To Walk for Eid Salah Using One Route and Return one Another

Eid Mubarak to all of Muslim!

🥖🍗🥩religious feasts & me 🍱🧁🍫

Yes, I do fear enjoying food on special occasions like eid , but I first & foremost eat to live, not live to eat 🤞🏼

It’s all about balance , flexibility,and variety .
.
Yes; “forbidden” fruits taste the sweetest & when we stop restricting certain foods, they lose their power over us & we’ll see ourselves satisfied with a normal amount rather than completely banning it from our life or bingeing on a kilogram of it

 

 

Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”

– Robert Collier

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