Throughout history human beings had a relationship with food that goes beyond it being a source of energy but also a way of expressing our moods and social status.
When we feel sad our appetite changes so we would eat less or lose the desire to eat completely.
In some types of depression the person tends to consume a large amount of food especially that which is rich in carbohydrates such as chocolate and sweets. The science behind that is explained by the fact that such food contains serotonin which is a brain chemical responsible for mood regulation.
When we celebrate weddings, birthdays or religious festivals we eat special food.
In some cultures special food is consumed during grief after the death of a loved one. Food is also a way of expressing social status as some people would pay a huge amount of money for things like caviar, lobster or special sweets.
In some villages here in the Sultanate of Oman fresh dates are sold at a very expensive price when they first become available, sometimes more than five Riyals per piece. Yet some people would buy it and offer it to their guests to express their wealth, even when they know that the price will go down to less than one Riyal per kilogram after a few weeks when dates become widely available.
During festivities such as Eid people also express their status by preparing food in large quantities and consuming more sweets and meat for the three days of Eid. This can have negative impact to their digestive system especially after 30 days of fasting therefore health professionals advice to eat in moderation and avoid excessive amounts of meats and sweets especially that most traditional sweets such as the Omani halwa contains large amount of sugar and oil which when consumed in large quantities can lead to raise in blood sugar level and increase risk of obesity and heart disease.
Therefore it’s important to exercise during and after Eid to enable your body to burn the calories obtained from all the sweets and meat.
Eid is a time to meet friends and families and leave behind any conflict with others. This year Eid came after almost two years of Covid-19 restrictions that forced us to celebrate indoors and with limited social contact.
But now these restrictions are relaxed and let us meet others with moderation while observing the health advice issued by the WHO to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19. Finally, Ramadhan has been a good time for extended prayers either at home or in the mosques. So let us not get carried away with the celebrations and remember our prayers, may God accept our deeds.