Diwali 2020 brings with it hope and joy amidst the pandemic anxiety. This year we have seen many ups and downs. Without a doubt, we all are looking forward to the spirit of the festive season to spread some cheer.
With Covid-19, still, amongst us, we should exercise caution, maintain social distance, sanitize regularly, and take care of our health.
Putting on a few kilos and other health problems are quite common after Diwali. Indulging in sweets and Mithai is something we all do. Eating healthy and staying fit does not mean you give up on the fun.
On the contrary, you can do both. Here are a few tips to help you stay healthy this Diwali 2020.
Every time we talk about health, Drinking water always tops the list. But still, drinking water is always at the bottom of our list. With all the mayhem and chaos of the festivities, we tend to forget to drink water.
You should drink water if staying healthy this Diwali is your goal.
Now, why is it important to drink water?
Drinking water will help you
- Flush out toxins that our body produces due to stress as well as unhealthy eating habits.
- Prevent you from overeating (and that is the last thing we want to do with so many sweets around the house).
- It is the best remedy against hangovers, constipation, and indigestion.
Try to drink up to 3 liters of water per day.
Sounds too much? Try this simple trick.
Set aside three one-liter bottles and write your name using a sticker or a label. This way, you can keep track of the water you had on that particular day.
Remember, always drink water slowly and in small quantities instead of dousing down a whole bottle. Drinking water slowly gives the body time to absorb it, or else you will be making frequent trips to the washroom.
Make Sweets At Home
Diwali, like any other Indian festival, is incomplete without sweets. We all have favorite sweets/ Mithai that we look forward to eating during Diwali.
The problem is that most of these Mithai’s or sweets are store-bought and laden with sugar, fat, refined flour, and color. Food adulteration is at its peak during Diwali and other festivals. Furthermore, the ingredients used are of substandard quality. With the covid pandemic this Diwali 2020, we want to preserve our health at all costs.
What we suggest is that this year instead of buying Diwali sweets, make them at home using healthier substitutes and quality ingredients. Making sweets at home gives you better control over the amount of sugar and fat used. This way, you can enjoy your sweets without much guilt.
Make Healthier Choices
This Diwali, cook healthy and eat healthily. Eating healthy does not mean you give up on your favorite foods and sweets. But remember, the prime function of food is to nourish your body and not just about taste and celebration.
Get creative with your ingredients. A little substitution is all you need. For example, swap the unhealthy maida in your recipe with wholesome flours like ragi or whole wheat. Replace sugar with jaggery or honey. Use oats, granola dried fruits, nuts, and seeds in your sweets, snacks, and other dishes.
Be liberal with spices like cardamom, cinnamon, saffron in your sweets, and snacks. They will boost your metabolism and also have immunity-boosting properties.
Tweak your traditional cuisine to combine the best of taste and health. In the end, it all comes down to the choices you make.
Serve Healthy Snacks
Eating healthy snacks between meals will keep you active, full, and curb cravings. However, Snacks served during the gathering, card games, or when guests visit can add up to the total calories.
This Diwali 2020, instead of going for traditional snacks that are deep-fried and full of salt and maida, opt for healthy snacks.
A wide variety of roasted snacks are available in the market, like roasted chickpeas, roasted makhana, granola bars, trail mixes, khakra, nuts, dried fruits, and fruits.
While buying healthy snacks, keep the following criteria of healthy snacks in mind –
- Total calories between -100-150 kcals per serving
- 5-8 gm of protein per serving
- 3- 5 gm of fiber per serving
- Low in sodium – less than 150mg of sodium per serving
- No added sugar
Read the nutrition label and ingredient list before buying any food, sweets, or snacks.
Do Not Skip Your Meals
Skipping meals means either you will be craving sugary and fatty foods, or you will end up overeating at your next meal. Not an ideal situation to stay healthy and fit this Diwali.
Start your day with a good breakfast. A high protein and fiber breakfast sets you on a course of clean eating for the day. Make it a rule to eat healthy snacks every 2-3 hours.
Eat something light before you go for a feast or sit down to a lavish dinner. With mouth-watering delicacies laid out and constant persuasion from friends and family is the test even for the strongest of wills.
Eat smart and gift smart
Diwali is the time of the year when it is pouring gifts. With all the chocolates and sweets flooding the house, your conviction to stay healthy during Diwali begins to waver.
Start a trend this Diwali 2020, be smart, and gift healthy.
As health and immunity are paramount during these times, what can be a better gift than a gift of health. A healthy Diwali gift hamper can show your loved one that you care about them.
These are the few things you can add to your healthy Diwali Gift hamper.
- Nuts and dried fruits,
- Healthy snacks hamper,
- Couverture chocolates,
- Energy bars and trail mixes,
A full-fledged workout routine that you follow every day may not be possible during festivals, but try squeezing in a little physical activity to stay on track.
A walk is always a great idea. Nothing beats a few yoga poses. Suryanamaskar in the morning works too.
Aim for exercise for 20-30mins every day. A light cardio routine or high-intensity workout can help you shed off the extra kilos as well the guilt of over-indulging (if you have).
You can be active even when on vacation. Vacation does not mean you are on a break from exercise too. You may not exercise or workout per se, but you surely can be physically active by playing sports, going for hikes, or dancing.
Alcohol And Other Beverages
Alcohol is known to stimulate appetite and is a source of empty calories. We know that our body stores unused calories as fat. Furthermore, the hangovers are a buzzkill, making you feel crappy the next day.
Stick to two medium drinks at the most and go for dry wine instead of sweetened wine.
Strictly avoid the aerated and sugary drinks, instead go for fresh juices and mocktails, detox water, coconut water, green tea this Diwali.
After the festivities come to an end, and as our lives are back to the routine, we begin to feel guilty and regret giving in to our cravings. While most of us try to get things on track, some are disappointed with themselves and give up trying.
Do not reminiscence about the time lost. Let the bygones be bygones. Remember, your future will be determined by what you do today and not what you did in the past.
Shake off the negative feelings and get started. Start with small changes, and slowly steer yourself back on the road.
A little effort is all you need for Staying healthy during Diwali. Remember, balance is the key. If you can balance it, you can get the best of both worlds.