The festive season has kicked off, with Diwali just around the corner followed by wedding season, Christmas and finally New Year, we are surrounded by palatable and sumptuous eatables, including mithai, laddoos, pakoras and a lot more. It is extremely hard to resist such temptations especially when you are continually offered such scrumptious food.
Indian festive season is synonymous with colors, lights, parties, booze and most importantly ‘binge eating’. We indulge in this toothsome food because, let’s agree, Indian food is temptingly tasty!
We all tend to put on a few extra kilos, and later regret when we cannot shed them off as easily.
We bring to you some ideas to maintain your best health without missing the fun and merriment:
Increase fiber intake, add fruits and vegetables
The best thing you can nourish your body with is fruits and vegetables this season. Adding amla, lemon, carrot, spinach, and tomatoes in your daily meals can make a huge difference when it comes to cleansing your body. These eatables are high on minerals, vitamins, antioxidants and low in fat and calories. Adequate fiber intake helps in regular and smooth bowel movements. So, if your stomach is healthy, you will be healthy and your skin will keep glowing.
Moderate eating and drinking
During the festive season, you cannot always turn down a booze party and relish in delicious food, and an excessive amount puts our liver under pressure. We want our liver to be healthy to fully enjoy our festivals. The best you can do is drink enough water and eat something healthy before hitting a friend’s party as that will leave you feeling fuller and reduce your urge to consume more. Also, opt for smaller serving and keep sugar, fried food, white flour(miada), aerated drinks and soda intake to a bare minimum. These can lead to indigestion, breakouts, acne, dull skin and most importantly weight gain.
Stay hydrated, detoxify your system
Begin your day with a glass of lukewarm water with lemon juice in it and some honey, to rinse your body of all the toxins. Hot water and lemon are known to ease out bowel movements and accelerate the process of burning fat, hence keeping your body and skin healthy and supple. You can also opt for green tea or chamomile tea, as these have antioxidants and cleanses the system thoroughly.
Balance diet throughout your day
In case you think that you should skip meals to balance your day, you’re dead wrong! Don’t even try fasting as this will have more negative than positive effects, and you will end up eating more than you wanted. Your breakfast should include whole grain roti or parantha, or poha along with fruits, precisely, you should start your day with a power-packed meal which is rich in carbohydrates, proteins, and other nutrients. Don’t go too harsh on your tummy by ending your day with a heavy meal. If you’ve had a heavy meal in the afternoon, then opt for a lighter dinner and vice-versa. Also, don’t put longer breaks between your meals. Keep having something light and healthy in between the meals, like dry fruits and healthy snacks.
Stay physically healthy
Although, it sounds like a typical suggestion, try to keep your workout routine active. Go ahead with a 30 minutes rigorous workout routine, if not, then you can stick to yoga, or, at least spend around 30-40 minutes brisk walking. It will keep you active and also burn out extra calories daily and you will not have to worry much about putting on fat.
Last but not least, don’t forget to enjoy and sink into the festive vibe.
Wishing you a HAPPY AND HEALTHY festive season.