The Spikey Ramadan Diet ~ part 2


Saturday 28 June, 2014 by Uncle Spike

Uncle Spike’s own Ramadan diet is different, but it works 🙂

As mentioned in the previous post, fasting means to go without nourishment from dawn (around 3:50am) till dusk (around 8:40pm) for 30 days. That means nothing to eat or drink at all during these times, no smoking, no gum, and as Sheldon would say, no coitus either 🙂

My special dietary regime has managed to rid me of the usual nightmare long headaches associated with fasting. So, after reading about my preparations, this is what I actually eat…



This a photo of my actual SUHOOR meal at 3am this morning (see below)


SUHOOR (brekky)

1. No big fuss, after 2-3 hours sleep, max, I get up alone 45 mins before first light (e.g. 03:00am).

2. I stick to simple foods, nothing processed as they are full of high salt/sugar content, which play havoc with your system once it realises it has to operate in fasting mode. Plus, when more than a bit sleepy, the last sight you’d want to see would be a plate of fried eggs!

3. I drink half a litre (1 US pint) of water immediately.

4. 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 difference to the headaches I and most others get for the first few days.

5. No bread, it bloats you and then you cannot intake what you need. You might feel full, but it will only last 3-4 hours. Your body has 16+ hours to contend with.

6. Eat complex carbs, that is the key, such as lentils; they last you ages, really. I normally eat 2 of what you might call large mildly spicy green lentil sausage rolls (of course, without the sausage). The wrap is made locally, just a simple flat very thin natural wheat filo pastry. I make loads of these weeks before and freeze them down, then just chuck a couple in the flat hotplate toaster for 6 minutes from frozen.

7. I then drink another 0.5 litre (1 US pint) of water.

8. Add in a tomato and a cucumber, or some other fresh raw veg from the garden. Or maybe even a couple of baby new potatoes dug up the day before.

9. Then I take on my natural sugars for the day, just 4-5 fresh Iranian dates and then from our garden, 1-2 fresh green figs or some other basic natural sugar fruit like Apricot or Plums (2 large or 5 small) and a very small glass of fresh summer orange juice.

10. I then drink a final 0.5 litre (1 US pint) of water.




1. Easy. no food or drink may pass your lips. That includes no chewing gum, no smoking and for us, lol, no daytime ‘nocturnal’ activities, if you get my drift.

2. I work outside, gently (watering etc, non-strenuous), until the sun blasts over the mountain at 0730, then I stay indoors as much as poss as it’s 32 by 0700, and reaches 40-45 from 1100-1600. Apart from Friday prayers, when the 1km walk each way is quite a task (sometimes I wimp out and drive).

3. Indoor house chores on/off all day, entertaining and feeding Cousin Spike Jnr, who is on his 3 month summer school break, plus preparing the evening Iftar meal.

4. Back outside around 2-3 hours before sunset to do farm chores, such as light digging, watering, picking/tending to veg, spraying trees, feeding chooks etc. Then I go to town on the motorbike to get fresh pide (flat bread thingy we scoff during Ramadan here).


IFTAR (din dins)

1. Again, no big fuss. I don’t get on well with the ‘big feast’ idea, and personally, I think it’s more appropriate to keep it all simple and low-key throughout all of Ramadan.

2. Stick to simple foods again, nothing processed as full of high salt/sugar content. Remember, I am also thinking of preparing myself for the next day, and the next…

3. I drink 0.5 litre (1 US pint) of water immediately the big gun blasts (from the military station in town a few km away, that’s the key for the Imam’s to do their bit. The normal call to prayer can be heard from all the mosques, but most do it in under 12 seconds because they are hungry too; and if you’ve ever seen the average Turkish village Imam, they like their grub, lol?).

4. I eat 5-6 Iranian fresh dates to get my system cranked back up again (a soft launch, so to speak, not diving headfirst into a table loaded with goodies). I tried that and it shattered me; too much shock to the system after 16 hours on partial shutdown.

5. I mainly eat one simple, low spice, low salt homemade vegetarian dish, based on whatever is growing in the garden, often containing some more complex carbs, such as lentils.

6. Plus a decent home-grown salad with our own natural olive oil and our own pomegranate molasses syrup etc. And maybe some cheese or an egg (coz the chooks don’t stop laying during Ramadan… they don’t ‘observe’).

7. I don’t eat normal white Turkish bread, it’s far too yummy and moreish, so prefer the pide I mentioned earlier, but no more than a chunk the size of my palm, or I’ll feel bloated later.

8. I drink another 0.5 litre (1 US pint) of water.

9. No desserts or cakes, and as I said, no tea or coffee.




EVENING (after din dins, before sleepies)

1. At this time of year, generally those last few hours of the day spent sitting on our bean bag seat things on the top floor large open terrace under the stars, watching TV series on the laptop with my wife – or perhaps a spot of blogging 🙂

2. I take on more natural sugars with fresh fruit from the garden, such as strawberries, figs, apricot, or sweet summer oranges.

3. I drink one small bottle of plain soda water – my treat

4. I also drink probably another 1.0 litre (2 US pints) of water during the evening, and crash out around 0100 in the morning.

That’s how I survive fasting with only moderate discomfort 🙂


36 thoughts on “The Spikey Ramadan Diet ~ part 2

  1. Simple and light but it seems delicious!

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  2. It must be much easier for Muslim people in living in places such as here (New Zealand) as its mid winter now and sunrise is about 8am and sunset at 5pm. How to Muslim people in places that are daylight nearly 24 hours survive, such as in Alaska or Scandinavia, or do they bend the rules?


    • Uncle Spike says:

      I wrote you a great long reply; PC crashed, so starting again – apologies if you get two messages!

      First off, it’s first light to sunset, so for say Auckland, that’s 0600-1715 approx. Here I fast 17-19 hours, and to be honest, that’s quite doable if you take care what nutrients to intake. I learned that lesson long ago, and now it’s no problem at all 🙂

      For countries of minimal daylight (when Ramadan falls in their summer), there are varying schools of thought. If say 22 hours, and of course it’s not super-hot there either, then no reason why a 22 hour fast isn’t doable, but for some, or where a full 24 hours, then I think the Imam would recommend following the times of the nearest country with workable times. Bear in mind that there are five prayers to fit into each day, so when that’s not doable, sense must prevail – and then they may follow the nearest country etc… /I think) 🙂

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  3. […] a second post, I have looked at what I eat and don’t eat – I have my own system, but it works for me […]


  4. I knew you were observing Ramadan but I didn’t know breakfast was called suhoor. If I ever need to drop a stone in weight I’m coming to stay with you for this month! Can you imagine me on this diet! Is that a gherkin for breakfast? I only see them on a MacDonalds and I’d pick them off :). Mind you I could manage all the fruit. I like the self discipline of this, all the best with it 🙂 Missy H


  5. Dragnfli says:

    It sounds like a good diet to follow at any time of the year.
    And thank you for sharing this experience.


  6. joannesisco says:

    Very impressive! It sounds like you have this down to a fine art 🙂
    The spicy green lentil rolls look very good. Do they have a name?


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  8. ballerina95 says:

    any special reason why you sleep past midnight or is it that you can’t sleep?


    • Uncle Spike says:

      Just a matter of hours available…

      We cannot eat or drink anything until almost 9pm, and so to have a meal, get some fresh air on the balcony (shut indoors much of the time now while fasting), and take on fluids, it is easily midnight. And then I’m up 3 hours later for brekky, lol


  9. ballerina95 says:

    what about Spike jnr? Are kids exempt?


  10. It sounds like you are well prepared. Some sensible advice avoiding bread and processed foods. I always thought Ramadan must be difficult when it falls in the Summer with long hours of daylight. Here in Georgia it is also a fasting time “Marwa” but this is different…basically if you follow it, it means adopting a vegan diet for three weeks (although sometimes fish is allowed). My wife is quite devout and follows the four fasting periods in the year religiously, We also forego our “nocturnal” activities during the fasting periods. Good luck…in the sense of “Bon courage.” here English is more limited than French, “Good Luck” can be translated as “Bonne Chance ” (for something like the lottery) or “Bon Courage” (for tackling some difficult task).

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  11. Atul mittal says:

    Great Uncle Spike. You got some wonderful ideas for this Ramadan. I just hope everything goes in your favor. Here in India, Ramadan will be beginning from tomorrow and so will the fasting. I am a non-Muslim, but many of my friends are Muslim and I came to know a lot about Ramadan from them and I am really enjoying this new information.
    Ramadan Kareem quotes 2014


  12. lizard100 says:

    Really interesting to read this on lots of levels. In western culture it’s more common to hear about Christian abstinence (giving up chocolate for lent isn’t fasting in my book) and yet the ritual you present here gives far greater resonance to the peaceful focus brought by Ramadan. Thanks Spike. A far more interesting devotion than the one I was complaining about earlier! (The green lentil sausage roll recipe would be greatly appreciated too, if you don’t mind me asking. )

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  13. zainabattari says:

    Ramadan Mubarak 🙂

    I totally agree with you food intake during Suhoor and Iftaar. We follow the same at home.
    Since I was a child, I loved the month of Ramadan as I wouldn’t have to bother about in between meals. [Lazy, you see]
    An other reason being that I got to meet my friends in the masjid and loved the atmosphere. We all pray and eat together in the masjid and have an amazing one month of ibaadat and friendship! 🙂 [Oh, and we are provided with a good meal by the masjid so no hassle of cooking too]
    Happy Fasting, God Bless.


  14. Nussaibah says:

    I wasn’t quite prepared for my first day of fast since I wasn’t sure what my dorms would be offering for the sahur. But we did get some nice fresh poğaça which was amazing. I can’t usually forego hot drinks so I switched to herbal tea instead of black tea or coffee. Throw in a banana and some plain yogurt and it does the trick for me. While I’m not too big on the ‘feasts’ in the evening, I’m however looking forward to some Iftar tastings in the streets – nonexistent in Mauritius or London


  15. AnnetteM says:

    Very impressive! This is very like Michael Mosely’s 5:2 fasting diet but for a hell of a lot longer. I manage the odd 24hrs here and there (on 500 calories) when the weight creeps up above a certain figure (which I am not about to reveal to the wide world!) You must be doing your health a lot of good – cholesterol, blood pressure etc. Must be tough cooking for Spike Junior while not eating yourself, but dieting is a frame of mind isn’t it and when you are in it you can do it. I just can’t get in it very often. Didn’t notice anything in your regime about daytime naps? Surely you don’t manage that long on 2-3 hrs sleep a day! Liked the bit about snogging with your wife under the stars – oh sorry blogging – didn’t have my glasses on!

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    • Uncle Spike says:

      lol 🙂

      I may take a 20 min nap around midday, but that’s it. As you say, frame of mind…

      Cooking is no problem. I prepare the evening meal too, cook and wash up for guests. Take them to the beach and one year I took my in-laws to restaurants every day as they visited for 2 weeks, and I waited outside in the car, hehe.

      It’s my choice, so like any choice, no point moaning about it 🙂

      Health wise, it’s ok… but I always eat from the garden, eat barely any processed food at all, so in fact, Ramazan fasting is worse for me – in terms of bloating etc.

      Hey ho, just another 29.5 days to go 😀 😀

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