Diwali is the perfect time of year to indulge. As friends and family rejoice together and sweets and snacks are lavishly distributed, it can also mean that high calorie temptation is always close at hand. It’s that time of the year! With loved ones showering “extra sweet” love during the festivities, the ghee-laden mithai boxes at work and the pre/post Diwali indulgences, health might become the least of your priorities during the festivals of lights (and calories).
Here are a few ways how you can stay healthy and enjoy this otherwise wonderful festival.
While you spruce up your home and shop till you drop in these hectic days before Diwali, do spend some time on yourself too. Remember to drink water to keep your skin hydrated and stay away from heavy food for that flawless and glowing skin.While gorging on all those delicacies, most of us forget that we must make sure to sip on water frequently. Not only does it keep you hydrated, it also helps satiate false hunger.
Instead of buying deep-fried samosas, look for healthier options. As there are umpteen healthy snacks options available in the market today, choose roasted, baked or barbqued options over the deep fried ones, as they will keep you fuller for longer and healthier.
Diwali drinking is something you cannot avoid but use the better of your judgement is what we say. Too much alcohol is unhealthy, it dehydrates you, could give you a hangover, leave you looking tired and haggard for the next day’s event, and not forget the extra pounds that you will gain thanks to it! Sip on some fresh fruit juices and water in-between your drinks and make sure you do not drink on an empty stomach!
Make sure you lay out healthier dessert options such as shrikhand (better if home-made), kheer and phirni. Milk sweets like pedas and sandesh are known to be relatively healthier options.There are sugar-free and low-fat sweets available too. Even a trail mix of dry fruits containing dates, raisins or almonds is a good option. Just don’t gorge on a kilo of them! Or just pop some dates, resins or almonds for dessert. Choose carefully while eating out, too.
Let’s clebrate a safe and sound Diwali for all this year by not bursting crackers, and instead get out of our way to add our bit to make this a better place to live. Light up your house with diyas instead of lighting up the house with electric bulbs that consume enormous amounts of electricity. Burst no crackers for a noise-pollution free Diwali.
Instead of loading up your gift box with fattening, sugary sweets, pack a basket of fruits. You could even pack a box of low-calorie cupcakes or a pack of organic tea bags. Also, instead of using plastic packing, go for paper bags.
Have a Happy, Healthy, Safe and Prosperous Diwali.