Diwali is the time for celebration. The traditional clothes, the grand parties, the amazing food, the getting together with friends and family... just the celebration itself brings warmth to the heart. But Diwali also brings with it high calorie food, ruined diet plans and mouth watering food that is so, so bad for health. So, what does one do? Not celebrate? Not eat? God forbid! Read on to find out how you can get through the festival season with minimum heartache and maximum joy. Yes, we mean how to eat the yummy stuff and get away with it.
Mrs. Jyoti Arora, Head Dietician at Artemis Hospital believes that this seemingly-impossible task is very doable. It’s not the ‘what’ that you eat, it’s the ‘how’ and the ‘how much’ that matters. The first rule, she told us is to “eat smaller portions.” ‘When you go visiting, people always offer sweets, and it is sometimes too rude to refuse,” she says, “but what you can do is take only a small piece and limit yourself to that.” Her other solution is simple and effective. “Tell them you’re fasting. You have to lie sometimes for your health,” she chuckles. And then she goes one step further. Actually fast for a day, she advises. It’s a great way to detoxify your body and that’s one day you will have to stay off the sweets.
Another great piece of advice she gives is to not let up on your exercise regimen. During festivals, it is a common thing for people to skip their day at the gym. Don’t do that, she advises. It is imperative to keep exercising, especially when you are consuming more calories. Exercising also helps keep you motivated (and we all know motivation plays a large role while trying to stay off the fatty foods!).
Have a happy and healthy diwali!
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