As we know Navratri is, undoubtedly one of the most awaited Hindu festival of the year. Everyone have their own spiritual beliefs, reason and choices to celebrate. Whatever may be our beliefs and choices, most of us fast during Navratri. And how we should approach this fast is much dependent on how and what we choose to do during this period. Few points that you may want to keep in your mind while fasting to keep yourself joyous and healthy, enriched both physically and mentally, not deprived.
1. Keep yourself hydrated- Have lemon water, coconut water, homemade unstrained juices, vegetable soups. 2. Ensure that your body receives adequate nutrition while maintaining steady blood glucose levels. 3. Have adequate amount of Protein: Include dairy products and nuts into your meals as they are a good substitute for dals and other lentils restricted during fasting. Meals like Panner, Peanuts. 4. Eat adequate carbs: Carbs are an important source of energy. Always combine them with proteins, fats, fibre to reduce their glycemic load (GL). For example: Meals like Roti with saag, Dahi and Ghee. 5. Don’t leave out the fats: While feasting and overindulging is not advisable, don’t shy away from eating the good fats like Ghee, Makkhan, etc. 6. Have good source of Calcium and Carbohydrates form snacks that are made at home, such as Dry roasted Makhana, Kuttu flour , Sabudana chivda, Peanuts or raw salads. 7. Use rock salt in your refreshments: Rock salt (sendha namak), the only salt one can use during Navratri, is not just beneficial for your blood but also helps in absorption of minerals better than white salt. 8. Detox- Navratri brings with it the chance for you to cleanse. So indulge in a little detox with our (The Healthy Company) hydrating and nutritious Detox green Tea. 100% organic plant based ingredients to boost your metabolism naturally.
While observing a fast, one would stop routine work activities and instead, the day was meant to be spent chanting, praying and meditating, the prayers, chantings, worships and meditation help you to function on a lesser intake of fuel (food), and eating lesser, in turn, enables you to perform these practices better. If you look at it carefully in a wholesome manner, there is a symbiotic relationship. Hence, if you fall into this category, whole-day fasting can be good for you, and you may choose to eat one meal a day and you should be fine. But those who fast along with the routine house and office work, and starve for food during work, a flexible fasting plan with a few small snacks during the day is recommended. One should have smaller frequent meals every three hours rather than one large meal at the end of the day. This will ensure your body receives adequate nutrition while maintaining steady blood glucose levels. “Don’t break your relationship with food; eat something healthy when you starve”. #HappyNavratri #HappyFasting #thehealthycompany #healthyliving