Diwali is a time when we tend to lose track of our eating, drinking, and fitness habits, from the card parties that kick off the season to the endless array of snacks and sweets we eat.
No one can blame you for enjoying Diwali treats, but it is important to keep track of what you eat. This will help you avoid overeating and gaining weight.
The goal is to enjoy the festival while eating sensibly and not overindulging in food. That way, you won’t feel guilty at the end of the holiday season. We’ve got a few health tips to help you eat well this Diwali!
How to eat smartly during the festive season, as per experts
Diwali Health Tips
1.Practising Mithai Safety: Eat Homemade Sweets
More than avoiding binging on the mithai, the increase in food adulteration around Diwali is what will hurt your health more. There is reportedly an increase in misbranded, substandard and unsafe sweets during Diwali.
To keep yourself safe, remember to check the manufacturing and expiry dates, along with the license number of packed food products, and always get a bill against your purchase. Try out our chocolate peanut butter barfi, besan ladoo, tasty and healthy treat for this festive treat.
2.Snacking and Weight Gain : Avoid Fried & Packed Snacks
We all have a tendency to try fried snacks and other packed foods while binge-eating alcohol at late-night parties. If you want to avoid gaining weight during Diwali, you should try to avoid this. Instead, adopt a mindset of moderation, particularly with regard to fried foods and alcohol.
Replace oily snacks with a variety of fresh fruits, curd dips, raw salads, roasted foods, and nuts such as almonds and pistachios. Furthermore, drinking and eating out must be balanced with a post-Diwali detox. The good news is that making your own snacks will help you eat and stay healthy. Here are some of the best and easiest Diwali snacks that you should try.
3.Pick healthier desserts: Choose healthy Sugar alternatives
Substitute the unhealthy ingredients with a healthy one. Make ghee your best friend instead of oil or unsaturated fats. Swap refined powdered sugar with natural plant-based sugar. Add lots of nuts like raisins, almonds, walnuts, dry apricots etc. You can also include healthy superfoods like Chia, Flex, sesame and sunflower seeds.
Choose dry fruits, fruits, kheer, phirni, shrikhand (you can make it using hung curd), dark chocolates, til or peanut chikkis, dink laddoos (gum arabic), etc. over any other sugar-loaded sweets. Sweets made out of jaggery or organic honey are good to go. Remember, we need to take care of the portions too.
4.Stay hydrated throughout the day
It is important to drink water on a regular basis in order to stay hydrated. If you drink fizzy cold drinks, you will undoubtedly become dehydrated, and your calorie intake may increase. Water has the ability to remove toxins and uric acids from your body.
If your uric acid level is high, you will develop a craving for sweets and sugary treats. As a result, you must keep your blood sugar under control. Drink as much liquid as you can throughout the day to stay hydrated. Increase your intake of low-calorie smoothies, juices, coconut water, and water.
5.Drink Healthy: Go easy on the alcohol
Alcohol is known to stimulate appetite and is a major dehydrator and contains empty calories. We know that our body stores unused calories as fat. Furthermore, the hangovers are a buzzkill, making you feel crappy the next day.
Choose dry red wine instead of sweetened wine. Sangria would be the best option here (cut fruits in red wine). Do not go hard on hard drinks. Have alcohol in moderation. Cocktails which are a combination of alcohol and juices should be avoided as they are a calorie bomb and are equally dehydrating. Strictly avoid aerated and sugary drinks.
Go for fresh juices and mocktails, detox water, jal-jeera, nimbupani, kokum sharbat and coconut water as these are the healthy options!
6.Exercise: Be Active During Diwali
Do not rely on a post-Diwali workout session to lose weight. If you are consuming more calories than usual, you should also burn out those calories in time. Don’t be a couch potato this festive season and gear up with your running shoes.
Diwali is a week-long celebration for your mood and taste buds. But do not forget the need for your organs, muscles, and joints. A full-fledged workout routine that you follow every day may not be possible during festivals, but try squeezing in a little physical activity to stay on track.
A walk is always a great idea. Nothing beats a few yoga poses. Suryanamaskar in the morning works too. Aim for exercise for 20-30mins every day. A light cardio routine or high-intensity workout helps you shed off the extra kilos and the guilt of over-indulging.
These all amazing tips of being healthy in this Diwali will make your festival more joyful, more colourful, as well as more healthful.
Wishing everyone the best of health and may your homes be filled with light this festive season. Happy Deepavali!