Diwali is the grandest festival of the year that marks the changing season. Giving and receiving sweets is perhaps the greatest Diwali tradition. You might get tempted to overindulge in sugary and oily delicacies. Who can say no to mouth-watering rasgullas, kaju barfis, and gulab jamuns. Instead of giving in and eating unhealthily, ensure you eat healthy this festive week through wise choices, portion control and moderation.
This Diwali take a conscious effort to watch what you eat and stay healthy.
Be faithful to your diet
It is very easy to throw your diet out the window when you are caught up in the magic of Diwali festivities. Remember, a moment on lips, a lifetime on hips. A good tip for avoiding unnecessary binge-eating is to stay hydrated and full by drinking water throughout the festivities.
People who suffer from diabetes and high blood pressure must make healthy food choices. But don’t let your illness stop you from having a fun Diwali. Diabetic patients can try delicious low-calorie sweets in moderation. Try delicacies like Apple Basundi, Lauki Kheer, Multigrain Ladoo, Quinoa Phirnee, and Jowar Dates Ladoo to have a healthy, safe Diwali.
Make safe choices
There is reportedly an increase in food adulteration around Diwali mostly due to the high increase in demand. Diwali season witnesses an outbreak of misbranded, substandard and unsafe sweets. Eating adulterated sweets are more likely to hurt your health than too many jalebis.
To keep yourself safe, remember the following tips while purchasing Diwali sweets:
- Check the manufacturing and expiry dates.
- Check the license number of packed food products.
- Make sure you always get a bill against your purchase.
- If possible, avoid milk products and sweets from roadside shops.
- Avoid Khoya and Chhena sweets as they are most likely to be unsafe.
- Choose Kaju and Besan sweets as they are least likely to be adulterated.
Say no to Diwali weight gain
Late night partying and binge-eating coupled with lack of exercise and alcohol is a combination that can send your body reeling into sudden weight gain. Instead of snacking on prepackaged desserts, get together with your family and try cooking your favorite dishes. It will be much healthier and a great opportunity to bond.
If you slip up, don’t worry! Quickly get back on track by replacing carbohydrates and proteins with fiber and vitamins in your diet, and drinking more water. You can also try ayurvedic massages and steam bath to leach out toxins in your body. You can also use herbal weight loss supplements for effective weight loss.
Buy healthy gifts
Diwali is incomplete without exchanging gifts with your near and dear ones. It is so easy to buy gift hampers filled with yummy cookies, chocolates, sweets, and cupcakes. But this year, while choosing gifts for friends and relatives, choose healthy nuts and dried fruits over sweets and other unhealthy snacks.
Healthy Diwali Diet Tips
- Choose fresh fruits and dry fruits instead of gorging on unhealthy, overly sweet confections.
- Try curd dips, raw salads, and roasted food items.
- You can also try to give a healthy spin to your favorite sweets.
- Coconut water is a healthy and refreshing choice for a sweet drink.
- Dark chocolates are loaded with nutrients and a great source of antioxidants.
List of Foods to Avoid
- Avoid oily food at all costs.
- Say no to sugars of all kinds – Raw, brown, white, they all break down into the same molecules and have the same number of kilo-joules.
- Avoid dishes made with Maida, white flours, and other refined grains.
- Stay away from packaged and processed foods like soups, sauces, cereals etc.