Remaining healthy during mudik travels

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Dr. dr. Erlina Burhan, Sp.P(K), PhD
Dr. dr. Erlina Burhan, Sp.P(K), PhD. (IO/Esti)

Jakarta, IO – Mudik, returning to the hometown, is an annual cultural ritual Indonesians perform during long religious holidays, especially during Eid-el-Fitr. People who work and live in Indonesia’s major cities go in droves back to their parents’ hometown at such times. After having issued mudik prohibitions back in 2020 and 2021 because of high Covid-19 caseloads, the Government finally allows the people to revert to their beloved Eid-el-Fitr ritual this year. 

How do we best prepare mudik so it becomes a smooth, pleasant journey for the whole family, while one continues to fast? 

Read: Celebrating Eid al-Fitr while benefiting the body

Mudik journeys are exhausting. However, that does not mean we need much more energy from food. We can still continue our fast. With proper regulation of nutrients, we can make the journey healthy and fun. “Physical exhaustion that requires more eating is caused by excessive muscular activity. Exhaustion during mudik happens because you are forced to sit still for hours on end, hungry, thirsty, can’t sleep, slept badly, aching because your body cannot be placed in a comfortable position to sleep, heat, boredom, or stress from long queues during ticketing, waiting for your vehicle, and traffic jams. Therefore, mudik exhaustion does not require replenishment or healing through more food,” nutritionist Dr. Rita Ramayulis, DCN, M.Kes., wrote on her Instagram.