Celebrating Diwali, Mindfully And Healthily
When I was younger, I looked forward to celebrations because it gave me a green signal to eat anything I wanted and sometimes overdo it as if never got food before - and won’t get after! Do you know this feeling? I am sure most of you also do or did what I experienced. The story in our head is – ‘I will crash-diet later and just get all this off!’
This is far from healthy and the signs become clear in our blood work sooner or later. The ones who have done these drastic changes during occasions and celebrations, have formed insulin resistance over time, high body fat percentage, damaged metabolism so on and so forth. It will become more than clear that you won’t be able to shed the weight like you did once because the damage is more long-term with hormones.
So isn’t it better that we make small lifestyle tweaks that let us aid us in celebrating Diwali in a sprightly manner? Here are some basic steps that can ensure your health goals are not derailed and, in fact, you can smoothly come back to your daily routine post the celebrations.
1. Stick to desserts made with raw honey, jaggery or stevia:I have a sweet tooth and have something sweet every other day. The only thing that I make sure is I stick to desserts made with these 3 natural sweeteners. When desserts made with natural sweeteners are had in moderation, we aren’t going into high sugar drive, which happens with refined sugar and artificial preservatives.
2. Minimum fasting hours of 12-14 hours: It automatically reduces calorie intake, gives gut a good break from constantly processing and digesting the food as well as reduces our appetite because we aren’t constantly eating something from the time we wake up!
3. Hydrate well: Often during celebrations, we get so involved in family gatherings and outings that we forget the number 1 rule - and that is correct hydration. We are made up of 85% water and we need right hydration to create hydrochloric acid in our stomach that makes sure our meals are digested and we aren’t creating any inflammation. When we do not hydrate right, we also tend to overeat.
4. First go for veggies and protein: Even when you going out and eating in parties, try going for serving of veggies and protein - such as dal or beans - first. At no point are you being asked to stay away from the other yummy stuff, but when we programme ourselves to first go for the veggies and protein-rich food, we train ourselves to eat right always. This will ensure that even if you want to eat a little bit of junk food, you feel sated automatically, helping you stay off the junk food.
5. Skip meals sporadically:This is a golden rule. We do not need to eat when we do not feel like! Eat when hungry. Yes, you will not die! In fact you will live longer. You can also go for just a fruit for the second meal if the first one was considerably heavy. This way we rewire the brain that we aren’t binging because it is a celebration! It is also respecting our body and a huge self-care practice.
The above our fairly simple and easy to do lifestyle tweaks. It will take you a long way in deal with all kind of celebrations without feeling guilty or yo-yoing and taking care of you hormones. Enjoy every celebration, especially celebrating Diwali, but most definitely prioritise self-care.
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