The other day, I stepped into a local restaurant where I found beautiful words inscribed on the coaster. It read- “GOOD FOOD is GOOD MOOD”. It instantly struck me that it is food that binds us together, spreads happiness and builds harmony. And when we combine good food with festivals, it is a gala time. Festivals are a tool to bring life into a state of vibrancy, color, and enthusiasm and are incomplete without a lavish spread of mouth -watering snacks, delicacies, sweets and sugar laden drinks.
You can endlessly gorge on a platter of sweets and desserts and still crave for more during festivities. The reason why we cannot stop ourselves from being over indulgent is that our eyes are much bigger than our stomach. So the challenge is to remain slim and fit during festivals and yet enjoy the finest moments of your life. The question is how?
Well, if you follow some simple tips and a healthy diet you can flaunt your slim figure and be the apple of everyone’s eye.Let us find out how?
Start your day with positivity:
Foremost, begin your day with a positive state of mind. It helps you to remain calm and think with clarity. Each festival has its own essence to be enjoyed.
You can tune into your favourite music, chant some mantra, do some meditation, or even a simple task like watering your garden gives immense pleasure. Such activities create positive vibrancy all around you as the brain releases dopamine that keeps you happy and focused on each aspect of your life including your diet.
Do not miss your breakfast:
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day as the body needs to be charged after a long night slumber. Begin with a glass of warm lime juice with a dash of honey. It will flush out toxins from the body keeping your gut healthy.
After a gap of thirty minutes or so have a hearty meal comprising of cereals, porridge, oatmeal, eggs and fruits or steamed idlis, poha, and upma. These food act like fuel and pumps your body with the required carbohydrates and vitamins to boost energy and keeps you full for a long time.
Delegate your responsibilities:
Festivals and celebrations demand a lot of attention and keep you on your toes for the entire day. Rituals need to be followed within the time frame, decorations need to be done, children demand your attention and the list continues. The entire schedule leaves you exhausted, and you unintentionally snack on savouries and fast food resulting in weight gain.
It is not practical for a single person to assume each responsibility and perform. Delegating your responsibilities among other members of the family will provide relief from fatigue and prevent you from over indulgence.
Keep yourself hydrated:
It is very common to find that during festivals, one finds an excuse to avoid a glass of water. Instead, you gulp in lots of beverages like tea or coffee and aerated stuff like colas or frizzy drinks loaded with sugar. It has severe repercussions on your internal organs particularly your digestive system and you may suffer from acidity, severe constipation and bloat of the stomach.
It is highly recommended to stay hydrated with coconut water, green tea, lime water, or fresh fruit juices. It prevents the building of stomach fat and relieves you with any gastric problems.
Eat at regular intervals:
Skipping meals makes you reach that dangerous level where you binge on just anything that comes your way. It is one of the major reasons for weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and low blood pressure.
It is wise to eat a small portion of meals which includes multi-grain sandwiches, fruits, nuts and seeds like almonds, walnuts, pistachios, flax and chia seeds etc. at regular intervals to avoid excessive pangs of hunger. This facilitates your body to achieve optimum sugar level and keep you energized.
Avoid deep fried food:
Deep fried food like puris, samosas, kachoris, potato chips, fries, etc. piles up the fat content in your body making you look much heavier. It also leads to a chain of reaction like the breakout of acne and pimples on your face.
Choose from healthier options like baked and steamed delicacies and opt for lighter flour like kuttu aata, rajgira flour, and sama chawal. A healthy weight can be attained that will make you look attractive and slimmer.
Try healthy sugar substitutes:
One simply cannot afford to ignore sweets and mithais during festivities. Since most of them are prepared with liberal use of sugar, the fructose present in it gets metabolized by the liver. There it gets transformed into fat, which is then secreted into the blood.
Don’t panic; there are several sugar substitute choices available in the market today. Try to include sweets made of jaggery or honey. Both are rich in antioxidants and minerals like zinc and selenium, which aids in digestion and detoxification of the liver. Your waist line will definitely not expand.
Prioritize your meal items:
It is very common during festivities to get invited for lunch or dinner that boasts of irresistible food items. You begin with a soup or starters, followed by a full course meal and end up with a wide range of desserts. It is like filling your stomach endlessly till it can take no more.
It is preferred to begin your meal with soup or few starters followed by a dessert. Sounds quite illogical, but trust me it is good for your stomach. Even Ayurveda recommends that sweet dish should come first as it enables the flow of digestive secretions. This replenishes the body and prevents you from consuming a large meal later.
Listen to your stomach:
Socializing, attending family get-togethers and functions are an integral part of every festival. If there is a buffet system of service, you are naturally tempted to try each and every dish. Why? Simply because when it comes to food, the sky is the limit.
Well, that is absolutely wrong. Eat whatever you feel like but not till your stomach is ready to burst. The stomach always sends a signal to stop when you are full but one tends to ignore it. It is advisable to eat till you are one-third full so that air in the stomach activates the digestion process.
Often during festivals, people do not have the time to hit the gymnasium or give their regular a miss. After gorging on delicious eatables, it is very vital to burn the fat accumulated in your body and look in the best possible shape.
There are simple ways to achieve it. Try to take the steps instead of the elevator or twirl around a hula hoop at home.Skipping or simply dancing to your favourite song are other alternatives to tone the muscles of your midsection- spine, hips, and weight and achieve a well-sculpted figure.
Intermittent Fasting a good option:
After a delectable period of feasting, we should try to discipline our body. Fasting once or twice a week can produce magnificent results. Fasting helps to initiates the body’s own healing mechanism. It is like rebooting your internal system and restart with a clean slate.
Fasting does not mean starving your body of essential nutrients. You can opt for a healthy diet comprising of fresh fruits, boiled vegetables, soups and salads accompanied with lots of liquids.They help to cleanse your body and burn fat rapidly.
Hope you found the above information useful and practical. If yes, I’d be grateful if you’d help it spread by emailing it to a friend or sharing it on Face Book. Do add your secret mantra to remain slim and fit during celebrations and festivities.