Diwali 2021- 9 tips for healthy feasting

Diwali is right around the corner. From morning poojas to card parties to mithai exchanges, food is the cornerstone of the celebrations.

For Indians, festivals equal food.

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.

5. Hydrate

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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