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02Oct2012
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5 Tips For Healthy Eating During The Festive Season In India

Post rains come the beautiful months of festivals. In India, we have an abundance in terms of festivity. Every caste, culture, religion have some festival or the other which flows in through the months.

We start with the holy month of Shravan, followed by Ramzaan, then the Ganpati festival, which in turn takes you through the Navratris, and then not to forget Diwali and Christmas. So the celebrations are endless and so is our food.

Festive Indian Food

Healthy eating during the festive season in India will prevent extra weight from piling on. The following tips will help you keep your health at its best while enjoying the festivities.

1. Drink plenty of water

The key to a great metabolism is having enough water. Make it a point to carry a bottle when you travel to visit relatives. Plan to drink at least 3 litres of water through the day.

Opt for plain water instead of colas where ever possible. If you end up consuming alcohol at parties or social gatherings, make it a point to finish at least ½ litre of water through that night to avoid any dehydration.

2. Plan your meals in advance

Plan your day and your meals in advance. For example, when you know you have a dinner or lunch commitment, which will be a heavy meal, try and cut the other meal to half, so as to balance your day’s caloric intake.

Salad

3. Eat plenty of fruits and salads

When serving yourself at the food buffet, make sure you heap generous helpings of fruits and salads on your plate, so you get enough fibre, feel fuller and be good to your digestive system.

4. Be careful of what you imbibe

Avoid deep fried foods as much as possible, but if you end up eating them, restrict your portions to a small piece.

Include metabolism-boosting foods like green tea, lemon grass, red chillies, pepper, and cinnamon regularly.

When entertaining people at home, balance the menu with enough salads, curd, unfried foods etc

Bengali sweets

5. Watch that sweet tooth

Try to stick to sweets & desserts which are unfried like Rasgulla, Sandesh, Mishti Dahi, Gajar or Dudhi Halwa.

Also in the cold foods opt for Jellies or Sorbets or Fruit Custards instead of Ice Creams or Rich Truffles.

Most importantly remember to eat on time and let moderation always be your key.

About the author: 

Malavika Athavale is Consulting Nutritionist at Eatrite – The Nutrition Clinic.

5 Tips For Healthy Eating During The Festive Season In India

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  1. It is really very difficult to balance diet during festive season. Thanks for sharing these useful tips.

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