Author : Sharika Nair
Blog : Teetotaler
It is that time of the year again – the joyful time to celebrate the triumph of good over evil! Diwali always brings fond memories within the household. Although the festival is a five day affair, preparations start almost a month in advance. And why not? It is one of the most eagerly awaited and celebrated festivals in India. It is a time for family, relatives and friends to gather and cherish lovely moments together.
No festival in India is complete without the word ‘mithai. The more sweets you give, the more you get in return. How can one say no to sweets during the festive season? For all you know it might even be considered inauspicious! But then again, by the end of the festive season just keep in mind how guilty you would feel in case you over- indulged? Now which is better?
Eating sensibly and enjoying the festival by keeping a few tips in mind or shocking your body to the point that you feel sluggish due to over indulgence?
Here are a few pointers that will make your Diwali enjoying, satisfying and refreshing as well.
- Do not stop your exercise regime. A lot of fitness centres report a sharp drop in the attendance during the festive season. Being in a festive mood doesn’t mean your daily routine should take a back seat. The body should get regular exercise and enough sleep.
- While gifting you could get innovative and give a combination of dry fruits, teas along with diyas, idols or puja thalis. Use your imagination and set a trend! It will be a change from the conventional sweet boxes. In case you get loaded with many sweets hampers in return, you could treat the lesser privileged with these boxes. But always ensure that they are fresh and offered immediately.
- Keep a tab on alcohol consumption. It might be tempting to have extra cocktails and whiskey while at a party or gathering. These are dehydrating and filled with calories.
- Stay away from sweets that have a ‘silver coating’. They are often adulterated with aluminium and can affect the brain. Indulge in healthy sweets made with honey and dates. While preparing sweets, avoid using artificial sweeteners and refined sugar.
- Include fruits and salads in your meals. Fruits ensure that you have proper digestion. Avoid snacking on fried food and drink lots of water. Also keep a check on your meal portions.
- Once all the festivities are over, in the name of ‘detoxification’ many people tend to starve their bodies. You do not need to do this to flush out the toxins in your body. Just add in more fibre, anti- oxidants and water into your diet and reduce carbohydrates. Almonds and walnuts will also nourish your body.
- Above all smile, forget all unpleasantness in the past and make this Diwali special for yourself, your family and friends!