Navratri Fasting, The Healthier Way

Chaitra Navratri is around the corner and many people especially in north India will fast for some or all the nine days. This Navratri signals the transition of season from Winter, through Spring to Summers and so it becomes crucial to let go of our winter habits. Heavy, oily food, parathas and other such heat producing food items need to be gradually replaced by food that’s cooling to the body and is easier to digest.

The changing season also brings along the challenges, in terms of healthiness. As these days of Chaitra Navratri mark a period of change so, fasting correctly is the first step to detoxify and reenergize the body. Here are a few simple ways by which one can easily fast during this time and remain healthy:

  • No processed food items:

All the ready to eat fast items need to be completely avoided. Most of these items like potato chips, sabu-dana chips are fried and hence full of saturated fats and salt. Devoid of any good nutrition, they infuse body with harmful elements to the body.

  • Drinking enough water:

Water intake during fast should be high as it keeps the body hydrated and fit. Plain water or coconut water is the best medium to increase water content. Fresh fruit juices, lemon water, chanch or lassi with low fat milk and natural sugar sources like figs, dates, raisins etc. can also be included in the diet. One should avoid excess intake of tea or coffee as they act as diuretics and decrease the water content of the body.

  • Eating fruits:

This season is full of fruits that not only provide energy but increase water in the body. Oranges, Watermelon, Water chestnut and Bananas are excellent sources of instant energy. It is beneficial to have at least 4-5 servings of fruits per day.

 

  • Increase fiber in the diet: 

Fiber is an important facet of diet to keep our digestive tract healthy and keeps the sugar levels in the body optimum. Vegetables like Radish, Celery, raw Banana, Bottle gourd and green leafy vegetables are excellent sources of fiber to be taken during fasting. They provide a feeling of a full stomach, though with lesser overheads like Calories.

 

  • Include good sources of energy rich food in diet: 

Flours like kuttu, singhara should be eaten in the form of Roti (Chapati) during this period. Poori made out of these flours should be completely avoided as deep-frying compromises its nutritive value.

  • Reduce sugar intake:

Flours like kuttu, singhara should be eaten in the form of Roti (Chapati) during this period. Poori made out of these flours should be completely avoided as deep-frying compromises its nutritive value.

 

  • Add healthy snacks to the menu

It is better to eat more frequent small meals throughout the day instead of having two or three large meals. There can be a generous sprinkling of mini meals in the form of snacks too. For snacking, roasted makhana (fox nut), Sabudana, boiled water chestnuts, roasted raw-banana chips. Also, nuts, fruits etc too can be eaten, in appropriate quantities, in between meals.

 

Having the main meal during the first half of the day is mote conducive to easy digestion. Though fasting, still the emphasis should be on balanced diet intake.

Let’s be mindful that practice of abstinence is the basic idea behind fasting. So, over-indulgence in the name of fasting, anyways, is not akin to this primary purpose. Eating Sattvic food will benefit in countless ways in fetching the right life-force

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