You can take an Indian out of India but can never take out India out of an Indian, so the saying goes.
Festivals form a major chunk of that Indianness if I may quantify. When it comes to festivals, India is second to none and we celebrate them all with fervor. As of now, we are already halfway through Navaratri and a whole host of them are lined up namely, Durga Puja, Diwali, Halloween, Christmas, New Year.
It can be difficult at times to keep up with your routine lifestyle during festivals. However, festivals and holidays not necessarily have to be health and diet disasters.
Here I share with you TOP 6 SECRETS ON HOW TO STAY HEALTHY DURING FESTIVALS
Drink lots of water. It can be hard to remember to drink enough water throughout the day and when partying, but it is a thumb rule to drink and drink more water. Try not to forget to carry a bottle of water when you leave home. Water will give you more energy and help you eat less or binge on the unhealthy dose of sweets and fried snacks. Try to drink a glass of water between your bar visits or every time you take that drink break. Hydrate yourself enough when you wake up, before, during and after exercise, at your meals, and whenever you have access to water or drinks.
Get plenty of healthy vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Pack your body with plenty of nutrients. I love my fruits and veggies but during the last couple months, since my trip to India, I’m all about the carbs with plenty of stuffing, puris, rice& biryanis, sweets, cakes and cookies, and more such food. They say it the way in India of showing love through feeding and food. Not exactly the most nutritious food ever. While I’ll make a point to get salads and fruits in now and then I find the easiest way to get all the nutrients I need to help keep my immune system strong is to take. Also, do not forget to take actual vitamin supplements. I prefer gummy vitamins because they are like candy and easier on your stomach.
- Snack Wisely- Avoid binging on fried snacks and sweets. Well, I know Indian festivals means sweets and fried snacks. Limit your consumption of the high-calorie snacks because it will not only show an increase in your weighing scale but also for the reason that their high-fat and spice content can make them really indigestible, potentially causing stomach discomfort.
Drink your Alcohol wisely- Don’t drink your calories! Limit your alcohol intake. Excess alcohol not only causes dehydration, gives you a hangover and makes you look tired, but it also increases the risk of accidents on those happy and special occasions.
Stay CLEAR of all the cocktails loaded with hell lot of sugar and opt, instead, for a wine spritzer or light beer. This will allow you to drink without overloading on the calories. And Yup! do not forget to sip your glass of water in between.
- Exercise– Indulge into some quick Cardio exercise atleast for half an hour like, running, skipping, dancing, Zumba, Aerobics or even brisk walking.
Wear your SKINNY OUTFIT- Wearing something tighter can help you feel full faster. So there is no chance of overeating…. I think that’s a great idea!
QUICK TIPS : * Stuff yourself with something healthy and filling before going for a party or get together. In this way, you are less likely to stuff yourself with the appetizers, which most of us normally do.
* Start your day with a light, clean meal for breakfast because as the day progresses and you meet friends and relatives, and dear ones, as a result it becomes difficult to keep a check on your calorie intake.
* Substitute coffee and tea with the more sensible choices of beverages like lemon water, fresh juice, or jaljeera. It will help.
* Avoid fizzy drinks that are loaded with sugar and additives, instead opt for tonic water or plain soda
* Packing something healthy such as dried fruit and nuts( unsalted), a fruit, a granola bar etc into your bag is always a win-win situation here.
See! It’s not really difficult to stay fit and healthy during festive season. So, no need to hold back, enjoy your festivals to the fullest with these great tips.
Share your views, story, what you do to remain healthy and how you manage during festive season.