With the long Diwali holidays ahead of us, there are sure to be outings, guests visit and dinner parties among other celebrations. More often than not, we end up indulging in sweets and other sinful foods and then feel guilty, which in turn makes us look for easy and quick ways to shed off those extra kilos. But, the unfortunate part is that we end up resorting to all the wrong ways of shedding that extra weight which again has a YO-YO effect. But don’t worry! We got a few health tips that will help you eat smart during Diwali!
Tips To Eat Smart During Diwali
- If you plan to go out, don’t go on an empty stomach. Eat a small snack before you head out. Choose snacks like boiled corn, mix veggie salad, a fruit bowl, sprouts, veggie soup, yogurt with crushed nuts, whole wheat bread sandwich, etc. This will keep you full and prevent binging/overeating when you are out.
- If one meal goes for a toss, make sure the rest of the meals are absolutely on track. For instance, if you have a dinner party, make sure your meals through the day such as breakfast, lunch and mid meals are balanced and healthier.
- Sip water frequently throughout the day. It will keep you hydrated and will also satiate false hunger.
- Pick healthier desserts. Choose dry fruits, fruits, kheer, phirni, shrikhand (you can make it using hung curd), dark chocolates, til or peanut chikkis, dink laddoos (gum arabic), etc. over any other sugar-loaded sweets. Sweets made out of jaggery or organic honey are good to go. Remember, we need to take care of the portions too.
- Choose baked food items over deep fried ones.
- Compensate: It’s true that saying “NO” when you are offered sweets by your loved ones, especially during this festive season, is going to be difficult. Don’t worry! Pick one, eat it mindfully and enjoy the eating experience. Now you know what to do next. Compensate for your extra caloric intake in your following meals. More fibre (salads, veggies), good amount of proteins and lesser carbs.
- Go easy on the alcohol. It’s a major dehydrator and contains empty calories. Choose red wine over any other hard drinks. Sangria would be the best option here (cut fruits in red wine).
- Be a health-conscious host. Serve snacks like dhokla, masala peanuts, unsalted nuts and dry fruits, sprout-chaat, fruit salad, idlis, baked chaklis, etc. Avoid serving soft drinks or artificial juices. Lemon water, jal jeera, flavoured milk, spiced buttermilk, fresh fruit juices, etc. would be some better options here.
- Firecrackers are going to pollute the air. The pollutants (free radicals) have an easy access to our body as we breathe. Neutralize the free radicals by consuming adequate antioxidants through colourful fruits, berries and vegetables.
- Last but not the least, don’t forget to work out! Workouts would kick your body’s metabolism in high gear, helping you burn calories faster. It’s best to get your workout done before going out for a party. The spiked metabolism would help you burn better when you eat at a party.
We hope you have a great Diwali and these tips help you celebrate a happier, healthier and guilt-free one! If these tips help, do let us know in the comments below.