Diwali is a beginning of the winter season, which naturally increases our metabolism! We feel hungrier and so indulge into delicacies. Diwali also is synonymous with ‘fun, family, friends and food’. Our traditional cultures of variety of sweets and oily snacks is today also merged with most milk delicacies from Sweet-marts around. To add on are- chocolates, cookies, dry fruits and nuts, deserts and dinners outdoors! It’s high time to rethink-”Does prosperity necessarily mean OVER FEEDING”?
Here are 8 Effective Tips for Celebrating a Healthy Diwali:
1. Make your delicacies at home:
This will help healthier cooking by selection of safe ingredients and modification of recipes like low sugar
sweets. Selection of oil, time and temperature control for frying is equally important. Do not reuse the fried, oxidized oil!
2. Eat Mindfully:
We have our gazettes around for emails, social media, news and entertainment. Distractions during eating hours keep us deprived of satiety signals which results into binge eating, larger portion sizes and erratic meal patterns. Eat Diwali delicacies, but eat them slowly and relish the taste.If we focus mindfully on what we are eating, we achieve our health goals.
3. Eat in smaller plates:
Relishing our homemade sweets and snacks in controlled portions, especially in the early hours of day is advisable for better digestion of food. Regular breakfast and lunch could be combined with limited Diwali feasts. We can limit rice, starchy food if we do have sweets on the plate.
4. Do not skip meals:
It’s a general notion of fasting before feasting! We have parties, get together dinners and self-decided weight goal too. If we have our meals on time, we have regulated glucose levels and the brain doesn’t allow us to overeat!
5. Keep your dinners light:
Salads, soups, sautéed vegetables, mix dals, dal rice, vegetable pulao, grilled chicken/fish etc. can provide the essential vitamins, minerals, fiber to keep the digestive system going. A fruit plate could be a good option for ones who are looking to skip dinners.
6. Stay well hydrated:
Approximately 8-10 glasses of water per day is required to flush out the toxins from our body. Include buttermilk, lemon water, coconut water between meals to increase water intake.
7. Find time to exercise:
Easier said than done, many of us find it difficult to make time for exercise. The festive season has many family
responsibilities, rituals and time consuming household chores. We are in a holiday mood too! Managing about 30 minutes of high intensity workout as per our strength, promotes optimum health and wellbeing.
8. Avoid aerated beverages and alcohol:
These are adding a burden on the body by just providing empty calories, very stubborn to burn off!