Ever been to a foreign country and found your healthy diet goes out the window?
I learned to speak basic Arabic before moving abroad to Egypt but I realize I should have learned the names of such essential foods. Especially if you live in an area where little to no English is spoken
For the first two weeks of my stay my diet consisted of snickers for breakfast mcdonalds for lunch and dinner simply because this was so easily accessible.
Knowing the names of foods becomes really convenient when you order your food over the phone for home delivery.
May I suggest you read one of the great books by Ibnul Quyyum Medicine of the prophet
In this book it’s mentioned some essential foods that if taken on a weekly basis at least ten of them then your health should remain with you whilst you living abroad studying Arabic.
Whilst abroad teaching Arabic in China I learned to snack on fruit instead of junk food. I wish all countries had fruit and fruit vending machines readily available at their airports instead of junk.
Some students return back to their home countries due to constant and extreme sickness. One factor is their unhealthy eating. One of the students I was living with consumed to cans of Pepsi daily along with Mcdonalds and KFC daily. It’s not surprise why he returned home after a few months complaining of sickness.
You’ll get full faster. Be able to concentrate more and of course feel healthy. Eating Sugary things will affect your level of concentration when preparing for an exam.
Here’s a great health tip. If you like stocking up food stock up healthy food ONLY!
If you’re like me who every know and again likes to get up and snack on food, imagine if you’re freezer and cupboards are dominated by and full of fruit and vegetables.
Drinking Pepsi and seven up was a serious disaster for me. How do you stop?
Replace it with blender juice
Get a blender and dump some fruit and Voila! Delicious healthy drink.
خلاط khalaat is the Arabic word for blender
Below are some basic necessary healthy foods we all must consume.
تمر tamr dates ‘‘ a house without dates is a hungry house’’
موز mowz bananas
تفاح tuhaaf apples
فراولة farawilah excellent to put on a plate and snack whilst watching tv instead of crisps
برتقال bortugaal oranges
طماطم thamatam tomatoes (almost sounds similar to the English equivalent right?)
عسلasl honey (excellent to use with black lemon tea instead of sugar)
the above are not meals but they are non the less essential
Learn the essential foods then move onto the more complicated foods
Lastly the key to eating healthy is NOT cutting down on bad food you like eating but replacing it with other healthier food you enjoy. If you enjoy the junk food you’ll keep eating it. But if you find healthy food you enjoy you’ll start eating that instead. Finally Eating healthily is not just important it your bodies right. A wise man once said ”your body has a right over you.”
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Author of Get Fluent In Arabic