The festive season is our favourite. After all, we all get to eat delicious and tempting food. But that doesn’t change the fact that they are unhealthy. Eating too many sugary and fried foods can lead to weight gain and bloating. So, how to enjoy the festival while keeping your health in mind? Don’t worry, Rujuta Diwekar is on your rescue. In one of her audiobooks, the celebrity nutritionist has put together a comprehensive guide to enjoying the holiday season in moderation called ‘Eating in the Age of Dieting’.
Here are 5 tips for eating in moderation by celebrity nutritionist Rujuta Diwekar:
1. Persistent and Familiar
Breaking the myths surrounding Diwali feast, Rujuta Diwekar says that if eating regular Diwali food is breaking your diet plan, then your weight loss plan is going to fail this time too. These unrealistic guides, according to nutritionists, are not culture-friendly, instead, “they focus on the guilt surrounding occasion-based feasting and take advantage of it to sell detox plans or packages that are often extreme and doomed to fail.” The aim should always be to follow a healthy diet as it teaches you to eat without guilt. FYI: There’s nothing wrong with enjoying your puri or halwa.
2. Sweets Isn’t Your Enemy
Sweets have been termed unhealthy but the reality is a bit different. Nutritionists point out that ghee, which is one of the biggest components of most sweets, helps keep the intestines in good shape. Moreover, it is also ready to bear the load of overeating during Diwali. “It is an essential fat and helps to assimilate fat-soluble vitamins such as ADE, and K, while protecting bones, skin, and immune function as the seasons change,” she adds. Either sugar or jaggery gives a sweet taste to your sweets. When they are mixed with dry fruits, ghee, gram flour, flour, gum or semolina, the experience is therapeutic.
3. Plan Your Diwali Menu
Keep your Diwali menu simple. The spread may include homemade sweets, a freshly fried item, vegetables, lentils, some roti and rice with chutney, pickle or papad. In her audiobook, Rujuta Diwekar urged them to celebrate a more authentic celebration.
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4. Dried fruits and seeds are your best friends
Dried fruits are good for health as they are an amazing source of amino acids, minerals and phytonutrients. To get the best benefits, eat them first thing in the morning as a snack or turn them into a dessert. “It is a myth that cashews are loaded with cholesterol. It has zero cholesterol and really helps in controlling it,” says Rujuta.
5. Don’t Skip Surya Namaskar
We skip our workout and exercise routines during festivals. Instead of going to the gym and lifting heavy weights, take it down a notch by waking up late. Nutritionists suggest “five rounds of Surya Namaskar”.