Diwali is around the corner. The month of October marks the beginning of various festivals in India. It is that time of the year when we are excited to get dressed, spend time with our family, go for shopping, cleaning of the house, making various dishes and most importantly eating the delicious Diwali food. It is that time of the year when we all keep our healthy food aside and want to enjoy our favourite sweets. It’s even more difficult when you are trying to eat healthy and people around you are indulging in sweets like ladoo, barfi, gulab jamun and what not.
But don’t worry, I am that person who will not tell you to give up eating any sweets and only stick to the healthier options. No, I am not going to do that. It would be unfair to you if I tell you to completely avoid sweets or fried food. You will find so many articles telling you to stay away from junk food and stick to only healthier options. But hello, that’s not true because this way you won’t be able to enjoy Diwali ever.
Diwali is considered to be one of the most important festivals in India. Everyone looks forward to Diwali because it is that time when people finally go back to their hometowns and spend time with their families. It is not just a festival but also a reunion of families. With reunion comes naturally the emphasis on a delicious spread. Amidst the celebration, the kitchen is the busiest place where the whole family cooks meals and sweets for their loved ones.
So coming to the point on how to remain fit during the Diwali season. It can be difficult being surrounded by food all this time. The temptation to give in is high. But don’t worry, I have the perfect tips for you to stay healthy and at the same time eat your favourite food. Yes, believe me it is possible.
Easy tips to stay healthy during Diwali-
1. Keep your hydration level high-
Water can do wonders for the body. In fact, drinking at least 8-9 glasses of water every day is advisable. Water keeps the body energetic and keeps the calories at bay. In fact you can replace your intake of tea and coffee with a glass of water. I am not saying that you should totally avoid drinking tea and coffee but it’s best to only stick to one cup per day. Also try to limit your intake of alcohol because it causes dehydration and fatigue. Drinking water can also make you full and so this way you will automatically not feel very hungry. Drinking water also flushes out toxins from the body. So if you indulge in sweets or fried foods, water will flush out the remains of the food from the body and will keep you blood sugar level stable.
2. Stock up on fruits and dry fruits-
Not only during the Diwali season but in general it is recommended to consume at least one fruit everyday. Fruit is high in fiber which keeps our tummy full and relives constipation. Dry fruits is also very healthy snack option as it is high in antioxidants. Having a handful of dry fruits every day can give you healthy skin and hair. Both fruits and dry fruits are very healthy snacking option. It’s okay to eat your favourite sweet sometimes but most of the time it’s best to rely on healthy snacking options because whenever you will be going out or guest will be coming to your place you will indulge in treating yourself but when you are at home and it’s a normal routine then it’s best to snack on these options. This way you won’t be depriving yourself and be healthy too.
3. Exercise Regularly-
Taking out time for a exercise regime during the festive reason can be a little difficult but it’s not impossible. In fact you don’t have to workout for long hours instead you can opt for minimum of 30 mins of exercise daily. You might not be able to hit the gym instead you can do home workouts or go out for a walk or run. Try to take out at least 30 mins from your day to get your body moving. It’s best to go for morning workouts because at that time one is comparatively free than the evening time where any last minute commitments can come up. Exercising daily will burn those extra calories, make you more active and will uplift your mood.
4. Have home cooked meals when at home-
Since a lot of us will be going out and eating out which is totally fine. As i said indulging yourself once in a while will do no harm. But when you are at home try to stick to home cooked meals like dal, rice, roti, vegetables and salads. For breakfast you can opt for poha, Upma, dosa, idli and paratha. Avoid eating fried food at home. Stick to simple home cooked meals whenever possible at home. Avoid take outs or ordering at home. This way you will be able to enjoy your festival without feeling tired or bloated. So as I said before that balance is the key to remain fit and healthy during the festive season.
5. Try to move more throughout the day-
Apart from exercising daily, one must also move throughout the day. Instead of sitting in just one place, try to get up and move around regularly. You can also help your family in the cleaning process of the house during Diwali season because this will keep you moving and active. Doing something or the other throughout the day by moving can aide in better digestion and leave you energetic. If you forget to move you can set reminders on your phone which will remind you when it’s time to stand up and move around.
6. Allow yourself to eat Diwali sweets-
Some people might think that if they eat Diwali sweets then how will they be fit. See here again the key is to balance. If you eat sweets and fried foods during Diwali season in moderation then it won’t affect your weight. Indulgence is important especially during the festive season. You can’t be so strict on yourself and not eat any of those things. That’s unfair. After all it’s a festival and you are celebrating it with your family. So eat that barfi, besan ka ladoo and don’t worry about your weight. If you eat them in moderation you will be able to enjoy without depriving yourself.
Enjoy your festivities with your friends, families and of course don’t forget to indulge yourself 😊