Diwali is right around the corner. From morning poojas to card parties to mithai exchanges, food is the cornerstone of the celebrations.
However, if you’re managing a chronic condition like diabetes or trying to lose weight, this might feel intimidating.
But here’s the thing.
You don’t have to give up on your favourite foods to stay on ‘track’.
With just a little planning this Diwali, you can enjoy your favourite food while remaining healthy.
Here are 9 tips by our nutritionist that will help you remain healthy this Diwali.
1. Plan your meals
Whenever possible, plan your meals in advance. For instance, if you’re going out for dinner, then try to keep breakfast and lunch relatively simple. Don’t skip meals to compensate for a late night feast.
Skipping meals will spike your blood sugar levels. Moreover, undereating during the day often leads to overeating at night.
2. Swap unhealthy desserts for healthy alternatives
Replace sugar or jaggery based desserts with ones made with natural sweeteners such as dates, raisins, anjeer and apricots.
Try these 10 sugar-free dessert recipes.
3. Portion control
Be mindful of portion size. Desserts like jalebi, gulab jamun, sheera etc are high in fats and sugar. If you absolutely must eat them, then try reducing the portion size.
4. Add salad to your meals
Try to add salad with different coloured vegetables to your meals whenever possible. Salad is packed with fibre which regulates blood sugar levels and promotes satiety.
Replace sugary drinks with water. If you want something other than water, then go for buttermilk or tender coconut water.
6. Eat raw, unprocessed foods
Try to consume raw, unprocessed foods whenever possible to balance Diwali feasts.
7. Roasting instead of frying
Try roasting all the foods you would normally fry. This will reduce the amount of fried food in your diet.
8. Physical activity
Research suggests that a short walk after a meal may help lower blood sugar level. Try to go for a walk or keep up your exercise routine even during the Diwali week.
9. Stay calm and enjoy
In case you slip up or have a bad meal, simply move on. Diwali only comes around once a year. There is no point in feeling guilty over one meal. Instead of worrying about it, quickly get back on track from the next meal.
Have a happy and healthy Diwali!
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