Diwali – the festival of lights, hope, and prosperity is here. It is time to celebrate togetherness with oodles of happiness! However, we need to remember, enjoyment and health go hand-in-hand.
Hindus interpret the Diwali story based upon where they live:
In northern India, they celebrate the story of King Rama’s return to Ayodhya after he defeated Ravana by lighting rows of clay lamps.
Southern India celebrates it as the day that Lord Krishna defeated the demon Narakasura.
In western India, the festival marks the day that Lord Vishnu, the Preserver (one of the main gods of the Hindu trinity) sent the demon King Bali to rule the netherworld.
In all interpretations, one common thread rings true—the festival marks the victory of good over evil.
Your health and your family’s health is the priority. The question is how to achieve it? Enjoy a healthy wali Diwali with these simple tips.
1. Warm lemon water
Begin your day with a big glass of warm lemon water to kickstart your metabolism and cleanse your system of unwanted toxins. Drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning can help boost your immune system and keep the body well-hydrated.
2. Don’t skip morning work-out
Festivals can be celebrated to the fullest only if you are fit and fine. Do not avoid your exercise routine. Enjoy the breezy November with a morning walk or Yoga. It keeps the body warm in these cool mornings.
3. Healthy breakfast is important
Have a healthy breakfast to ensure high energy throughout the day. This means you do not start eating Diwali sweets and snacks early on in the morning. High fiber breakfast will be a great start.
4. Stay Hydrated
Diwali means loads of delicious food and no one can resist that. Do not stay away from your favorite dishes, however, make it a point to drink sufficient water so that you are hydrated, about 3 lit of water per day is ideal. It prevents unnecessary snacking and food cravings. Water flushes out toxins from the body.
5. Healthy gifts
Gifts can be the gesture of showing gratitude and love to the family members. Surprise your parents with a small healthy gift. Be innovative; give preventive health checkup and a full body check up as a Diwali gift option to your family.
6. Healthy alternatives
Diwali festival is all about the sweets which are hard to resist. With the variety of colorful Diwali sweets around, it becomes even harder. Preparing these indulgences at home and that too with healthier options is the way to go.
Add more of almonds, walnuts, dry apricots, raisins, sunflower, and sesame seeds while making the sweets.
Spices like cinnamon, cardamom, saffron, black peppercorn can liven up both savory and sweet foods. Spices have shown to jack up a slow metabolism too, so indulge in them.
Buy organic jaggery or honey as a refined sugar substitute.
Fresh fruit salads can be one of the Diwali special dishes or as desserts with low-fat toppings.
Flaxseed and sesame laddoo; protein-rich granola laddoo; granola bar; Millet cookies and peanut laddoo can be substitutes for the Diwali sweets.
7. Dining -Out Tips
Can’t avoid dining invites? Ensure you eat mostly vegetables. Take less or no gravies as they are loaded with fats and calories. Try grilled, sautéed or lightly fried vegetables. If you are non-vegetarian, chose light roasted or grilled dishes.
8. Diwali activities
Wear well-fitting cotton outfits while you burst crackers to avoid any mishaps. Indulging in creative activities like making diyas, lanterns can be a fun-filled family time activity. You can create innovative biodegradable diyas from orange peels. It would make your day much more interesting burning unknown calories.
9. Post-Diwali festival tip
Try to balance out the extra calories in the next 3-4 days by doing a detox diet. Add green tea; Vegetable soups; Anti-oxidant rich fruits like citrus, berries, kiwi; sprouts, Soaked nuts and dry fruits in your diet.
“Diwali is a magical time to celebrate with loved ones. May you get to create special memories with the ones you love, this Diwali. Best wishes!” – Team Leanspoon
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