The auspicious festival of Navratri has started. The 9 days of Navratri are devoted to worshipping the 9 forms of Goddess Shakti. Fasting is an integral part of this auspicious occasion. While some people fast for religious reasons others do it to detoxify their bodies and cut back on unwanted calories. There are also some scientific reasons which highlight the benefits of fasting. Navratri is celebrated twice a year and scientifically, this is also the time when your body becomes vulnerable to diseases and season changes. Whatever be the reason, it is necessary to ensure that you fast in a healthy way. Though people refrain from eating grains and pulses, many of us gorge on unhealthy snacks to satisfy our hunger pangs. The fried and greasy snacks that you indulge in during Navratri do more harm than good. To help, here’s is a quick guide to help fast right during Navratri without any hiccups.
Avoid Fried Snacks
If your idea of fast consists of including fried snacks, you are doing more harm than good to your body. Fasting, for many people, includes binging on oily snacks throughout the day. Whether you are preparing these oily snacks at home or buying it from the market, fried snacks are high on salt, which negates your purpose of fasting. Replace fried snacks with a lot of fruits such as papayas, bananas, or apples to stay energised.
Keep yourself hydrated during Navratri by drinking loads of water, low fat milk, and vegetable and fruit juices. Keeping yourself hydrated helps you maintain adequate level of body fluids and salt. Juices made from bottle gourd, tomatoes and apples supply sufficient amount of Vitamin A, B and C. If you have a cold pressed juicer, opt for cold pressed juices, which is a healthier alternative and also contains more nutrients.
While some people binge on snacks and fruits even when they are fasting, there are many people who starve themselves to death. The thumb rule is to avoid fasting for too long. Keep eating fresh fruits or nuts at intervals. Prolonged fasting can lead to a number of problems such as weakness, anaemia, fatigue and headaches as a result of lack of energy.
Use a Variety of Flours
Instead of sticking to buckwheat flour, use a variety of flours such as Samo Rice (Samak Chawal) to make chapattis or porridge. Add some vegetables to make them healthy and filling. These are not only easy to digest but also have a healthy combination of proteins, carbohydrates and other vital nutrients.
Maintain your Energy Levels
You may experience lack of energy when you are fasting. To keep up your energy levels, ensure that you eat right to maintain your energy levels. Eat foods that are rich in protein and carbs so that you don’t feel drained out.
Plan your Meals
A sudden change in your diet can have an impact on your body and mind, which makes it important to plan out your meals. Ensure that you eat a major meal before sunset which is made with alternate grains and minimum oil. Planning your meals and snacking healthy will maintain your energy levels and keep you healthy.
Last Few Words
Fasting is good for your body provided you eat healthy and don’t starve yourself. Eating a balanced diet even during fasts can help in promoting digestion, improving energy and preventing diseases. You can enjoy a heavy lunch, but ensure that your dinner is light. Opt for healthy dinner alternatives such as milk or cold pressed juices for the proper functioning of your digestive system. You can use KENT Cold Pressed Juicers to prepare different varieties of fruit and vegetable juices. The juices prepared by the Cold pressed juicers produce more juice and also keep the nutrients and fibres of the fruits and vegetables intact.