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How to break Navratri fast: Do’s and don’ts

The first food you bite on after a long fast can harm your body. Know what food to avoid when breaking your Navratri fast.

Deepa Gupta | New Delhi | Updated :


You are almost done with the long period of fasting. But, when you break your fast, don’t just plunge on any food on your platter yet. Gorging on unhealthy food right after fasting may prove harmful to your health and will render your fasting meaningless. Fasting, apart from religious practice, is said to be a healthy practice that cleanses the digestive system of the body. So, be careful of the first thing you bite on as you break your fast. Know what to eat and what to avoid and end Navratri fasting in a healthy way.

Breaking Navratri fast – Do’s

Begin with simple and light food.

Break your fast with fresh fruits and juice without adding refined sugar.

If you were taking fruits during fasts, substitute it with a plate of green and leafy salad with curd.

It is very important to add a bowl of plain curd in your diet after the fasts. Curd is full of nutrients and probiotics.

Once your appetite gets stronger, add grains and pulses in addition to veggies.

Eat small portions every two or three hours.

Drink water half an hour before or after meal.

You can slowly add nuts to your meal plan after starting with carbs.

When your body gets use to these simple foods only then start incorporating dairy products and non-vegetarian food.

Keep yourself hydrated well with water and other natural fluids throughout the day.

Breaking Navratri fast – Don’ts

Steer away from spicy and oily food to prevent stomach problems like acidity and indigestion.

Don’t break your fast with fried food and high calorie sweet. It may lead to constipation.

Beware of overeating.

Don’t substitute water with any other fluid.

Scientifically, fasting is a cleansing process of the body. It should not be reloaded with heavy and unhealthy food immediately. Eat simple and light food and stay healthy.