Reasons Behind Avoiding Grains and Wheat in Navratri
By Nmami Agarwal
In our country, festivals are generally soaked in religious warmth and sincerity. People alter their lifestyle, and rope in dietary modifications temporarily, for as long as the festival lasts. And fasting during Navratri is no exception, which the devotees observe as a mark of their devotion to the Goddess.
As per religious beliefs, fasting is a way of soul purification which deals with abstinence from food (and sometimes water also) to get closer to God and strengthen the will power. But there is science also behind fasts, which have altogether different explanations dealing with physiological benefits for the body.
What dictates these fasts to be a grain and wheat free? Let’s find out the reasons.
There is science supporting your diet during fast, which takes concerns about your health without leaving you deprived of vital nutrients and vitamins. Navratri falls during the seasonal transition period when your immunity runs low in strength, so few foods are included and others are excluded in order to maintain your resistance to diseases.
Grains, especially whole grains like millets, wheat etc. hinder the process of digestion, that’s why these are removed from the food on your plate. Fasts calls for compulsory elimination of wheat from your diet, which in turn puts an immediate stop on eating processed foods such as bread, cakes, pasta, biscuits etc. This reduces the carb intake of your diet, reduces insulin levels, and stops a leaky gut which many people have with or without symptoms causing poor absorption of vitamins and minerals, and stops hunger. Fasting is also seen from an angle to give the body a break from the regular dietary routine.
All this explains the choice of food items that are easy on digestion and at the same time full of nutrients, proving themselves light on stomach. Buckwheat (Kuttukaattaa) is gluten-free and extremely nutritious. It is enriched in fibre, protein, Vitamin B, magnesium and phosphorus, becoming a great option during fasts.
Fasting is also seen as an opportunity for complete detox the body. Hence, it commands, the one who is observing it, to stay away from processed food items and lays down substitution food where the food substituting for wheat is singhada and kuttu.
Over to You:
With the explanation on scientific grounds you can move ahead without grains and wheat. Bring your wandering soul to peace and heal your body with healthy food, this Navratri.
Diet Plan for Navratri: Day 6
Breakfast: 1 glass of warm milk+ handful of nuts
Mid Meal: Coconut water or Makhanas (8-10)
Lunch: Samak rice idli 2-3Pcs.) + Vegetable + Salad
Snack: Green tea or Kiwi Apple Smoothie
Dinner: Dahi Wali Arbi (1 katori) + Spinach Pumpkin Soup
Post Dinner: Kesar Milk or Fruits
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