It’s the time of the year again to purify mind, body and soul. Navratri start when the season tend to change which affects our mental, physical and spiritual health. Observing a fast during this time helps balance our energy.
Navratri fasting is the ideal opportunity to get a break from the daily mundane routine, help it to rest and rejuvenate. Navratri fasting if done in a right way can help detox.
To maintain good health during the festival of Navratri, follow these simple tips to stay healthy during this festival:
1. Don’t starve: Eat fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables to keep energy levels up. Fasting for long period can lead to weakness, dehydration, acidity and other health related problems. Eat frequent small meals throughout the day to prevent acidity and headaches.
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2. Flavored water to Hydrate: Sip on mint/ cucumber/ fruit infused water instead of plain water to hydrate the body. Choose less sugary and caffeinated beverages to avoid extra calories. Vegetable soups, Coconut water, herbal teas, buttermilk alleviates the energy levels and helps maintain optimum fluid levels in the body. But do not forget water, the best drink.
3. Cook light and healthy: Its a fast and not a feast. We all agree that fried food is our all time favorite. People with high cholesterol and diabetes, limit the intake of fried puris, pakora, aloo shera and chips. Instead, opt for dosa, chilla, idli, vegetable cutlet are some options.
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4. Add New food daily: Variety is the spice of life. Introduce new food daily, if its kuttu ka atta today, try samai tomorrow and maybe soup next day. Mother nature has provided us with beautiful coloured vegetables and fruits to add variety. Make a way for buckwheat, amaranth, quinoa, water chestnut and samak rice(Barnyard millet) to the dinner table which provides good daily dose of healthy carbohydrates, proteins, fiber, calcium and vitamins.
5. Snack right: Fruits and vegetables like carrots and cucumber are great snack ideas. Dry fruits like almonds, figs, walnuts, dates, roasted makhana are great to keep the body charged for the whole day. Have a handful daily to keep the hunger pangs at bay and to add a dose of antioxidants.
6. Exercise: If you are the one who do not like to exercise during fasting, try Garbha / Dandiya – to get a break from monotonous workout routines. So, hit the dance floor – a fun way of keeping fit. The continuous movement of the body which requires great effort and stamina helps burn 300-500 calories depending upon the intensity and speed.
This Navratri, lets sacrifice our personal interest and pray for the success, health and prosperity of the individuals and families.
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