Get ready for a wonderful fasting experience this Navratras and welcome the start of the festive season in a healthy manner. Enjoy the season with a great celebration. Soak in the ritualistic prayers the chant of mantras and bliss of Navratri. But with nine days of fasting to appease goddess Durga it is extremely important to stay healthy during fasting time and keep the festive fervour going. Hence follow these easy tips to stay clear of drowsiness heaviness indigestion acidity lack of energy during the fasts.

  • Never fast without water. Keep yourself well hydrated with fluids like lemon water coconut water buttermilk and green tea other than plain water.
  • Donrsquo;t overeat. Eat small meals frequently and ensure your energy level is maintained throughout the day.
  • Strictly avoid fried fast snacks and food. Eat roasted grilled boiled or baked meal instead.
  • Incorporate fibrous raw vegetables like cucumber and lettuce in your high carb diet. Add a good quantity of veggies in the food made from sabudana potatoes kuttu flour and samak rice.
  • You may have kuttu flour during these fasts. It is a good combination of carbohydrates 75 and proteins 25.
  • Keep yourself away from kuttu poories drenched in oil. You may have kuttu pancakes and chapatis instead.
  • Have a heavy diet during lunch. Keep the dinner light with any one option like – a fruit with a glass of milk a glass of any fruit shake Vegetable soup a bowl of boiled vegetables 150 grams of roasted paneer.
  • Enjoy a cup of hot green tea after lunch.
  • Avoid fast namkeens. Not only are they high on fat but also on salt. Substitute them with assorted roasted nuts like walnuts almonds and makhanas.
  • Pick healthier alternatives of refined sugar like honey and jaggery.
  • Eat fruits as your mid-day munchies and keep hunger at bay.
  • If you crave for sweets during fasting donrsquo;t have it immediately after a meal. Give a gap of at least two hours. Have sweet dish with least calories like samak kheer made of fat free milk without refined sugar or little sweetened fruit curd.
    • Apart from the spiritual aspect there is a scientific reason behind observing and celebrating Navratras. Falling twice a year they mark the ending of one season and the start of another. These long fasts cleanse our body system and prepare it for the coming season.