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Eating Smart and in Moderation is the Key to Diet planning during Diwali

Eating Smart and in Moderation is the Key to Diet planning during Diwali

Posted at November 11, 2013 | By : | Categories : Blog | 0 Comment
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Eating Smart and in Moderation is the Key to Diet planning during Diwali
Diwali, the festival of twinkling lights, splendid sweets, ear-splitting fireworks, dazzling clothes is celebrated with full spirit in the Indian community. We get the excuse to party hard, binge on sweets and fried snacks as a part of unavoidable social gatherings, family get together. Finding a way to eat healthily becomes difficult with chocolates, sweets, snacks all around. Result! A sharp increase on weighing scale, high blood pressure levels in case one is hypertensive and raised sugar levels.
Smart conscious effort and healthy selection can help you enjoy festive treats….
• EAT LESS! Best way to eat less is to reduce the size of snacks or sweets. Cut your sweets into small pieces and add nuts like almonds, walnuts.
• SELECT SMART! Choose healthier options while indulging in snacks like nuts, roasted peanuts, paneer based sweets like rasgulla, sanudesh. Offer fresh fruits to your guests. Gift multigrain, oat based cookies to your friends and relatives.
• MAKE EFFORT! You can make your own sweets, snacks and cakes at home with healthy fats rather than ghee. For instance, having dahi vada is better than eating tikkis as it some of the fat is absorbed while dipping them in water and it is served with yogurt rich in calcium and protein.
• SWEET SURRENDER! Sweets are definitely on top during Diwali but excessive consumption is not a good option. Make up your mind to have one to two sweets only. Go in for desserts like pumpkin kheer, pumpkin barfi, carrot kheer, cauliflower kheer. Add some nuts to make them more nutritious.
• EXERCISE MORE! An average adult man and woman require around 2,000 and 1700 respectively per day. However, during festivals, one often ends up consuming more than 1,500 extra calories every day. One needs to compensate for them by doing little extra in their exercise regime. Add extra 15 mins to your jog/walk to burn those extra calories.
• DONT SKIP MEALS to compensate for extra calories. Maintain 5-6 meal pattern to boost up the metabolism.
• GO GREEN with green tea! Keep sipping 3-4 cups of green tea. It will help in flushing out the toxins from the body.
• DETOX: Start your day with a detox concoction of one teaspoon methi seeds (soaked overnight) with a glass of water or a glass of lemon juice/amla juice.

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