Diwali is a time for joy, happiness and.. Food. After all, you’ve worked hard the whole year, you deserve a few cheat days. But when one piece of sweet turns into a whole box, it becomes a little worrisome. Thus, we’ve compiled these 6 super easy tips that will help you eat right and avoid spiraling down this Diwali.
1. Don’t skip meals
In festivals, people often skip meals to save up space for mouth-watering delicacies. This leads to overeating (and that too, overeating of calorie-rich dishes.) Other than that, there is a constant availability of sweets and snacks in the house, and people keep munching on that throughout the day. This adds to the calories and also delays the regular meals. Thus, the easiest and simplest way to stay healthy and avoid overeating is to have your 3 meals on time even during festivals.
2. Keep yourself hydrated
Make sure that you drink enough water to stay hydrated in the days of festivals. Many times, our brain is unable to decipher the signals of thirst and hunger. If our body doesn’t have enough water, the brain can often feel that we’re hungry. This will lead to overeating high-calorie foods even when we don’t need it. Any extra calories that we consume are automatically converted into fat. Water also helps us to get rid of any harmful toxins and in turn, helps us stay healthy.
3. Make time to exercise
Everyone’s schedule goes a little off the track during festivals. It is difficult to find the time to exercise when everyone else is busy binge-eating or clicking selfies. What you can do is get up a little early and squeeze in 30-45 minutes of exercise every day. This will make sure that you’re on track and it will not interrupt any merriments during the rest of the day.
4. Try to find healthier food alternatives
You can always find healthier food options if you look for them. Replacing fat-laden sweets with dry fruits and nuts is one of the things you can implement. If you feel like you cannot go through Diwali without some sweets, then you can always make them at home. This is beneficial because you will use good and healthy ingredients when you prepare it yourself. It is difficult to trust sweet-sellers anyway, more so in the festival season.
5. Avoid aerated beverages and alcoholic drinks
Festivals are a time for partying. And parties equal to high-calorie foods and drinks. Aerated beverages have high amounts of calories because of the sugar levels. Apart from that, they are bad for your health because of certain chemicals used in them.
Alcoholic beverages are also pretty calorie dense and contain many toxins; they not only add to the calories but also harm your liver. It is better to not consume alcohol at all. However, if you do, then make sure that you have eaten something before and that you drink enough water to stay hydrated.
6. Savour it
Diwali is a festival that comes just once a year. The traditional and conventional foods that are prepared on Diwali are a part of what sets the mood for the festival. It would be cruel to restrict yourself from eating all the delicious dishes. A better option would be to remember that it’s a once-in-a-year chance and that you need to make the most of it. Not by binge-eating but by savouring every bite that you take. This will satisfy your tongue and also help you stay fit.
These were 6 tips that will help you stay healthy this Diwali. A little self-control and some tips can go a long way in staying on track with your health plan. Let us know in the comments below if you have any more tips for eating right this Diwali!