As joyous as Diwali may be, many people tend to get caught up in the festivities and forget about their health concerns when faced with the delicious food and sweets served during Diwali. In order to stay healthy this festival season, there are several tips that you can use. By taking these steps, not only will you be healthy but also enjoy the festivities to the max.
Follow these health & diet tips for Diwali:
Eating these delicious food is a joy and a luxury in itself. Eating it in excess is unhealthy, but there is nothing wrong in giving yourself a treat once in a while. Eat the food with more thought and enjoy every part of it. Taking more mindful bites will ensure that the food will be properly enjoyed, rather than consuming it haphazardly.
After eating a large amount of food, most people would have the natural inclination to stay in bed and sleep. Resist the urge and try to move your body instead. Even if you are not running a marathon, running track or exercising heavily, the body should be moved in order to maintain its endurance and health. Which is why in the morning, do not neglect your exercise plans and get going!
- Decline respectfully
As been said before, eating a small portion of food is fine. The key is not going overboard. However, there may be times when declining food is seen as a rude gesture. Avoid that fatal miscommunication by taking a small portion and limiting yourself to that. Alternatively, you can also tell people that you are fasting (although you may not be). Doing a full day fast is also helpful as your body will be detoxified and you will avoid foods that are dangerous to your health.
Just because it is festival season, does not mean that you need to be skipping your gym day as well. People tend to get caught in the festivities and decide not to do any heavy work. During the festivities, skipping gym day would be a fatal move to your overall health. Going to the gym burns off the extra calories you are packing and motivates you on your health and body goals. This is the time when your body is in utmost need of a gym day and get going.
- Pick low fat, low sugar ingredients
If you are cooking this Diwali, be mindful of what you are eating and limit some of the ingredients that you put in your food. Preferably, choose ingredients that are low in fat and sugar content so that the end product is healthy. Be careful about some of the food that have ‘low-fat’ label on the ingredients, as they might not be true. Either buy sugar free or fat free sweets when on a lookout for desserts.
- Drink enough water
Drinking water during Diwali will do you tonnes of good. First, drinking more water ensures that your stomach will feel more full. Therefore, you will be less likely to gorge in various foods that are served in front of you. Second, you will also stay more hydrated.
- Replace some of the food that you eat
Festival food can be really tempting as they serve delicious sugary treats. Rather than reducing the intake of these foods, you can also stay healthy by eating food that are healthy. We recommend you to consume more fruits, vegetables and healthy juices to limit your calorie intake. It also ensures that you have enough fibres to cut down the calorie count in your body.
- Plan your dinner
If you have eaten a lot of food throughout the whole day, one thing that you can do is to cut down calories for dinner. In fact, it is absolutely fine if you plan to skip dinner altogether. Enjoy a glass of buttermilk or eat low-carb and fat-free food as an alternative to dinner.
Diwali is the time of the year to celebrate, so there will surely be a lot of food that is indulgent and delicious. It is important to remind yourself of your health goals and try to take an active role in your consumption of food. These tips mentioned about will ensure that the amount of calories you eat is according to the required daily calorie count, in which you will be eating healthy and nutritious food which will offer more benefits for your body.
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