Fasting is an integral part of Indian festivals, and some times takes precedence over celebration; this holds true for Navratri as well.
Some do it for religious reasons, while some do it to cut back on unwanted calories and lose weight. Whatever be the reason, it’s absolutely essential that fasting through these nine-days be done in a healthy manner.
Fasting is a good way to detoxify your body and cleanse your mind. It also leaves you with a great feeling, but remember these tips to help you achieve your purpose…
1) Do not starve yourself. Eat small meals so that you don’t get acidity It also helps those who have to .maintain blood glucose levels.Regular snacking can prevent you from feeling low.
2) Drink lots of fluids. Apart from water, sip on coconut water, lemon water, green tea and buttermilk.
3) Don’t depend only on high carbohydrates like potatoes and sabudana (widely used in fasting). Combine them with vegetables like spinach, cabbage, tomatoes, capsicum, bottle gourd, etc.
4) Instead of deep-frying try to bake, roast or grill food items. You can opt for freshly cut raw fruits and vegetables too.
5) For those with a sugar tooth, eat a lot of fruits made into salads, added to kheers, etc.
6) Use variety of attas which are allowed during the fasting period like rajgira, singhara, samak chawal etc., to make chapattis, porridge or cook them with vegetables. They are easy to digest and are a good combination of carbohydrates, protein and other vital nutrients.
7) Snack healthy by eating nuts, dates, makhanas instead of binging on namkeen packets which are high in salt and fat content.
8) Those who are weight conscious can substitute sugar with jaggery or honey and use skimmed milk instead of full cream milk.