Navratri Food: Healthy or Unhealthy?
By Nmami Agarwal
Fasting is a common practice people follow during any festival, in which Navratri is also included. Here, fasting is observed generally for nine days in a stretch as a part of devotion. Fasting not only has religious aspect but also bearsscientifically proven benefits on the human health.
If done in moderation, fasts are really helpful. Moderation means that total abstinence of food and binge eating of food should be avoided so that the biology of your body gets an opportunity to play the impeccable role of upgradingyour immune system and other vital functions.
Let’s understand how to differentiate between a healthy and unhealthy diet when on fast.
The Healthy Road:
For complete nine days you’re on a veg diet, being vegetarian is always good, irrespective of an event of fast. And at the same time, you are not on alcohol which gives your body ample room to work upon its detoxification.
During fasts, there is a priority of giving rest to the digestive system, eating on the perfect degree of optimization. In such an effort, there are recommendations to opt for those foods which are easy and light on digestion. Grains such as wheat are put on hold and substituted with water chestnut flour and kuttu ka attaa. Wheat has gluten which is responsible for pulling down the immunity to certain extent in all individuals. Further adding to this, fruits available out in market are should also be flooding in your house during this festive. So, shunning it for nine days, that too during a changing season, is a genuine move towards a good health.
Substitution of table salt which is high on chloride with rock salt (sendha namak) is again a healthy move. In-fact, yoga practitioners recommend use of rock salt as it helps in detoxification of the body.
The Unhealthy Road:
Binging on oily, starchy or deep-fried foods or simply overeating to satisfy your appetite, is the point where trouble starts and fasts become an unhealthy religious practice.
Bringing too many sugary items, or even using much salt to pacify the craving taste buds, dilutes the healthiness of fast. Food that people tend to count on during Navratri are fried potatoes, paneer, sabudana vadas made in ghee or oil, puri/parantha made from singhada(water chestnut) flour, makhana kheer in condensed milk, cashews or nuts and some thing alike, are high on calories and load the working of your metabolism.
The key when on such food items is – take them in moderate quantity, instead of relying heavily on them. The bottom-line is that you shouldn’t penalise yourself with no food, but assist your body in detoxification by eating just the optimum amount of food or opt for baked and air fry recipes.
Over to You:
There are certain rules that need to be observed about your foods and eating habits, because fasts are well-knitted event of attaining good health with purified soul to offer God a sincere prayer and seek his/her blessings.
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