The month of October is upon us and with it the beginning of the festive season. Educational institutions close for the holidays, families have planned special celebrations and there is much to rejoice. An integral part of the festive season includes the endless delicacies that we eat day in and day out without taking a break.
Hemant Dewan, who celebrates the festival in a big way every year says, “It is a busy time of the year for us. While we are have lunch at a friend’s house, we will be joining the festivities and having dinner at a relative’s place. This does, however, affect our health. We get tired soon and feel lethargic due to constant eating out and not exercising enough.”
This is a common scenario in most homes that celebrate Dussehra and Diwali. While socialising is unavoidable, you do not need to compromise on your health and fitness. How can you do this?
“It is important to keep track of what you eat, when you eat and how much you eat,” says Vaishnavi C, a dietitian based in Bengaluru.
Here are tips for the family to stay fit during the festive season:
- Add more fruits and vegetables to your diet: During this season, most of the foods that we eat tend to be fried, oily, and loaded with calories. Incorporating more fruits and vegetables is a good idea. They contain fibre, minerals, nutrients and are low in fat. Your bowels remain healthy, your skin glows, and you can keep your calories in check. Carrot, amla, spinach, tomato, watermelon and orange are all healthy options. While children will gorge on sweets, it is a good idea to set a limit on how much they are allowed to eat.
- Set aside time for some exercise every day: Exercise is vital for you to stay energetic and build resistance against diseases. All the heavy festival food and staying up late at night may take a toll on the body. Exercise helps improve blood circulation, flushes out toxins and ensures you stay in shape. You don’t want to fall ill during the festive season, do you?
- Control the food portion: Most people tend to binge on food during festivals. The celebratory mood means you may throw caution to the wind. It can also be difficult to avoid sweets and savouries completely, considering relatives or friends are sending invitations for get-togethers. Limit the intake of spicy and fried foods, and go easy on the portions. When you are hosting people at home, try healther cooking methods like grilling and baking, instead of frying the food.
- Drink more water than normal: During the festive season, ensure everyone in the family, especially the children, are drinking lots of water. This will keep them hydrated and help flush out toxins. Adding a slice of lemon or a few mint leaves will give flavour to the water.
- Try eating a little before going out: Before you head to a relative’s place for a luncheon or to a friend’s party, try to eat a light, healthy snack or a small meal at home. This will ensure you do not feel hungry and end up overeating.
- Monitor your health: If you (or any of your family members) suffer from health issues like diabetes, blood pressure and respiratory problems, ensure you do not forget to take medications. It is essential to monitor your health regularly during this season.
- Avoid eating late at night: With many of us in a celebratory mood, we often tend to eat late at night. When you eat well past your dinner time, it can affect your digestion.That is because, with each passing hour in the night metabolism tends to get slower. This can lead to weight gain.
“During the festive season, people should avoid eating late at night. It is detrimental to health and can lead to certain issues such as acid reflux,” adds Vaishnavi C.
The festive season is the best time to bond with your loved ones, catch up with friends and savour authentic festival food. The key to stay healthy during this time is to resist temptations and eat wisely.
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