The nation is gearing up to bring in Diwali 2017 on the 19th October. Also known as the festival of lights, Diwali is one of the most widely celebrated festivals in India. Like every other festival in the country, people indulge in and feast on a lot of festive food during Diwali. From sweets like Kaju Katlis and Rava Laddoos to snacks such as Bhakarwadi, Chakli, and roasted almonds, Diwali celebrations are incomplete without some good food. It’s Diwali and we understand the urge to go all out and binge on sweet treats and fried snacks but it helps to make smart choices even while feasting. And what if we were to tell you can manage both your festive desires as well as your weight loss goals with ease? Here are some tips that would help you relish Diwali sweets and snacks, without worrying aboyut piling on some extra kilos.
1. Pick Your Sweets Wisely
While purchasing sweets from the market, go for trusted mithai shops. There’s a lot of adulterated stuff doing the rounds and your sweets could also pack unwanted fat laden ingredients. Don’t buy heaps of them in one go either, that would only result in leftovers.
Be careful about adulterated sweets.
2. Make some treats at home
This Diwali 2017, you can also make some drool-worthy treats at home. Homemade laddoos with jaggery and dry fruits can help in controlling your calorie intake. The Diwali staple ‘Kaju Katli’ is also quite easy to make at home and could prove to be a better bet than the market bought ones. Nutritionist and Health Practitioner Shilpa Arora has some more suggestions. “You can try making healthy treats like nariyal and besan laddos. Snack on dates, cashews, prunes, apricots and raisins” Home -made sweets and snacks not only use high quality ingredients, but they are also fresh and thus, are light on your stomach.
3. Portion control is the key
Portion control is that medium that will help you relish all the treats without a trace of guilt. Begin with grabbing a small plate and don’t overfill it. Keep a check on the amount (and calories) of sweets and snacks you dig in. Avoid going for second helpings.
4. Do Not Give Up On Your Exercise Routine
Keep up with your regular exercise routine during the Diwali feasting. Practicing Yoga, or any other form of physical training would help you enjoy the festivities with less guilt.
If it is difficult to hit the gym, try little things like taking the stairs or going for a short walk or do a couple of stretching exercises at your desk, there are so many ways in which you can still indulge in some kind of physical activity and burn those excess calories.
5. Plan your meals
As much as it is about the kind of food that you take, your diet is also about how you moderate the quantities. And this is exactly what you need to do while feasting during Diwali. If you have already consumed a high calorie-meal during the day, try to keep the dinner light with soups, salads, buttermilk and fat-free food. The same goes for sweets and snacks too. Excess consumption of high salty snacks and dry fruits may cause bloating and water retention in body. Limit the portions to one single piece or one small bowl once a day. If you are offered sweets, just take just a single piece. Follow your regular meal timings.
6. Stay Hydrated
Amidst all the feasting, it is important to stay hydrated too. This prevents any chances of water retention or digestive problems. The potassium and other minerals in water also keep your blood pressure in check which may be affected due to all the salty, oily and fattening food that you indulge in. It keeps you full and prevents the cravings to binge. Drinking 10-12 glasses daily also keeps your skin nourished and radiant through the festivities.
7. Have a healthy breakfast and indulge in healthy snacking
Eating a healthy breakfast rich in protein and fibre will help keep satiated for the first half of the day and delay the urge to binge and indulge. Fibre takes the longest to digest and promotes the feeling of fullness. Through the day, you can grab some healthy and high fibre foods like an apple or a bowl of oatmeal to avoid unnecessary bingeing.
Happy Diwali 2017!