The Spikey Ramadan Diet ~ part 1


Saturday 21 June, 2014 by Uncle Spike

Uncle Spike has his own Ramadan dietary regime to aid fasting 🙂

First of all, fasting means to go without for 30 days, but unlike some fasts you hear about, fasting in Islam is absolute; it’s not just saying no to chocolate or something like that. Fasting is between the hours from first light (around 3:50am) right through until sunset (around 8:40pm). These timings vary day by day according to the sun, and the Islamic calendar changes by -10 days every year too, so the dates of Ramadan also change. But needless to say, these next three years will be the longest physical fasts for a long time – some 16½ hours a day 🙂

Whilst we have the heat to contend with, the closer you are to the poles during any Ramadan in summer, the longer your fasts (e.g. northern UK is 18 hours)!

Put simply, one cannot eat or drink during these times, so no meals, snacks, chewing gum, water, coffee, tea – nuffink! Oh, and doing naughties either; but there again, fasting in this heat (40-45C  or 104-113F every day) tends to put a stop to that quite naturally, lol.




However, it’s a personal choice, so I never have any complaints about it. But I’m also no numpty either, and have perfected what I consider to be a dietary regime that really works (for me anyhow). Many folk really pig out something chronic at Iftar (the breaking of the fast at sunset), and drink copious amounts of tea and coffee, and consume all manner of sweet things too. Me, I’m just the opposite, but I know what works for me…

One of the biggest challenges of fasting are headaches, especially in the first 3-5 days when your body goes through a period of adjustment from ‘normal’ to ‘fasting’ mode. But, I have had ZERO headaches for three years now, having sussed out how to avoid that particular headache (haha, literal pun intended) 😀

It’s simple stuff really, of course it’s based on what is available here, but gives you the idea.



1. One week before fasting, I cut out all coffee, tea and chocolate (caffeine withdrawal is reckoned to cause >50% of the headaches associated with fasting.

2. Caffeine is also a diuretic, so makes you go to the loo, so for every glass of tea, you lose that amount +10% more. For fasting in hot climates, fluid retention is key. If you lose more than your intake, obviously it’ll cause additional problems, and believe me, you don’t want to be dehydrated.

3. I then do not have any caffeine until Eid, simple, but it works. Eid follows 30 straight days of fasting.

In a second post, I have looked at what I eat and don’t eat – I have my own system, but it works for me 🙂


21 thoughts on “The Spikey Ramadan Diet ~ part 1

  1. […] As I mentioned in my previous post, no tea or coffee for 40 days, so I stopped 10 days ago – voluntary, but makes a heck of a […]


  2. Oh my I didn’t realise it was so strict, no water for up to 18 hours, I feel thirsty just thinking about that..


  3. Nida S. says:

    my family and I are also gearing up for Ramadan in Canada – almost 18 hr or so long ones:) ! And you said it, its not the absence of the food but the liquids especially water that makes it all difficult. But after a couple of days God helps us by strengthening our patience :). Happy Ramadan uncle spikey:)!


    • Uncle Spike says:

      Thank youuuu Nida.
      My preparatory work with caffeine and chocolate abstinence makes a huge difference to those first few ‘orrible days. It has eliminated the headaches too; which was always a problem when it’s 35-45 Celsius 🙂
      Ramadan Mubarak to you and yours.


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  5. lizard100 says:

    It wS interesting to read your take in this. To fast for Ramadan in the part of the year where the days are so long must be a challenge. How much can you adjust your lifestyle to help you cope? I know when I was diving in Egypt during the fast we tried hard to let our muslim dive guides rest wherever possible.


  6. potholesahead says:

    I was going to ask you if you would blog about Ramadan and how you prepare for it. I have limited knowledge of it. Very interesting read. Thank you for sharing. Hope to read more. 🙂
    May I ask why fasting in Islam is expected? 🙂

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  7. ballerina95 says:

    You read my mind! haha. I wondered how your typical day is during Ramadan. At least in our country, the sun sets at 6.30pm and i think first light is around 5am. Not too long.


  8. newbloggycat says:

    No coffee :(…I think I’m having a headache already 🙂


  9. Kamila Pala says:

    Thanks for sharing, interesting post! Bye. K.


  10. suej says:

    Most interesting about the length of the fast varying according to your place in the world…I certainly wouldn’t like 18 hours without food. I have 3 meals per day, and not large, hardly ever any snacks between. Works for me!


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