10Oct

Islamic dietary laws are typically referred to as the Halal diet and are an eating and food preparation method based on Quranic and Hadith teachings, the holy books and texts of Islam. Most foods are permissible unless specifically stated as forbidden or unlawful which is translated as haram.

The Halal diet is most stringent on meat and its preparation and in general, a very small percentage of foods are considered haram. This makes it less restrictive in comparison to the kosher diet though they are several similarities. The Islamic dietary laws are considered divine will which should be practised in conjunction with the various edicts on wealth, health, property and marriage.

 

The process of the Halal Diet

Most food groups are permitted and the Halal menu can be adjusted for vegetarians, vegans or to achieve weight loss and fitness goals.

The main restrictions are on meat and its preparation and include stipulations which state that all animals must be alive and healthy before slaughter, the slaughter is done after prayer and with an incisive strike to minimize suffering, all blood should be drained from the animal and carcasses or animal killed with blows strangling or falling are prohibited.

The animal protein forbidden includes pork, meat from carnivores. frogs and other amphibians. Fish and other sea life are permitted even if carnivorous. Alcohol and other intoxicating substances are strictly forbidden on the Halal menu.

Pros

  • It does not restrict too many food groups.
  • The food items are commonly found and inexpensive.
  • They are many major food items and outlets offering halal alternatives.

 

Cons

  • It is diet rich in all nutrients needed for a healthy diet.

 

Who Should Do The Halal Diet

The Halal diet plan is a requirement for all Muslims and is an important part of observing worship. New converts to Islam should be ready to make the change but this should be easy enough as most foods, food products and restaurants explicitly state if they are halal. The Halal diet plan should not be too difficult to follow as it prohibits very few food types.

Meal Plan Ideas

Day 1

Breakfast: Plums, Special Cereal

Snacks: Brazil Nuts Small

Lunch: Soft Cheese, Oatcakes x 4, Sliced Beetroot, Salad

Dinner: Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes and Crème Fraiche, Broccoli

Dessert: Walnut and Raisin Oatcakes

 

Day 2

Breakfast: Granola Small

Lunch: Mixed Leaf and Tomato Salad, Orange, Sliced Beetroot, Tortilla Wrap, Tuna Small

Dinner; White Rice, Chilli and Orange Cod

Dessert: White Chocolate Florentines

 

Day 3

Breakfast: Low Fat Fruit Yoghurt, Bran Flakes Small

Lunch: Mixed Leaf and Tomato Salad, Coronation Chicken Small, Oatcakes x 4

Dinner: Carrot and Raisin Salad, Special Vegetable and Nut Rice

Dessert: Fresh Fruit Salad