Let’s Celebrate Diwali, Guilt-Free
By Nmami Agarwal
The festive season has already begun with Navratri and the excitement sees no bounds. And now, we’re moving towards the festival of lights, Diwali, celebrated in India & all over the world with immense joy.
However, as soon as are done prettying up our hair and putting on our crisp new kurtas to meet the guests, we’re greeted with delicious sweets. Oh, all those weight, calories and sugar worries!
In the spirit of the much-awaited festival, we end up indulging in sinful foods and later feeling guilty for it. Then, we look for easy and quick ways to shed off the extra kilos.
It becomes difficult to keep your diet in check, doesn’t it?
If you’ve been praying for a way to enjoy these festive days with full fervor without compromising on your diet, then here are a few smart tricks for a guilt-free Diwali:
- Diwali Party: If you plan to go out, do not go on an empty stomach. Eat a small snack, like mix vegetable salad, corn chaat, sprouts, soup, yogurt with fruits and nuts, dhokla, idli, etc. It will make you full and prevent binge eating outside.
- Plan your day: If one meal goes for a toss, make sure the rest of the meals are on track. For example: if you’ve reserved a table for dinner, then make sure your breakfast, lunch, and snacks are balanced and healthier.
- Festival and Alcohol: Just restrict to two drinks. Alcohol dehydrates your body. Avoid taking cocktails and aerated drinks too as they’re just empty, extra calories.
- Hydrate well: Don’t wait for the thirst to strike. Keep hydrating yourself at short intervals.
- Be active: Physical activity will keep your metabolism active too. No matter what, engage in at least 20 minutes of physical activity every day. It can be in the form of dance, walk, some jogging, or yoga. You may find it hard to believe, but Surya Namaskar is the best way to fight exhaustion.
- Don’t give up on sweets: It would be a crime to cut out the sweets entirely during this season. So, choose the healthier options and watch your portion size. For example: Go for dry fruit, phirni, kheer, dark chocolate, date mithai, etc. over other sugar-loaded sweets.
Over to you
It’s Diwali and every soul craves fun and celebration. Nonetheless, know that they will last for some time but the damage by unhealthy food may trouble you for a longer time. Therefore, pay heed to the health tips shared above.
Keep an eye out for your health and fitness, and enjoy the festival to the fullest. Wishing you a healthy and joyous Diwali!
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