Should I eat a little today? I can workout harder tomorrow? I deserve it.
And this train of thought goes on repeat for the entire festive season until we give up and eat the best of ghee-laden sweets, fried desserts and samosas. But then again, we are reminded of all the workouts done and sweat shed by our conscience.
Your health concerns are very real but depriving yourself of the food you love is not. How about adopting some simple habits that’ll allow you to eat the tasty, festive food and still stay fit? It’s a win-win situation if you ask us.
Exercise & Don’t Skip Breakfast
Stating the obvious but eating a lot of sugar in a day’s time can lead to fatigue especially if your day is packed with family meetings. But a half an hour workout can give your body the much-needed boost.
And don’t even think about skipping breakfast. It will slow down your metabolism and will complicate the process of digestion for heavier foods. Have a healthy morning meal before you start enjoying your festive food.
Drink ACV Before Meals & Control Portions
Dilute 3-4 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with warm water and drink it before a high-carb meal. It’ll reduce blood-sugar spikes and will make you feel fuller.
As far as portions are concerned, split the pieces when you can. Take half a kaju katli now and take some more in a few hours and then, a little more with another meal. Enjoy what you eat with all your senses and you will feel more satisfied with smaller portions.
Switch To Infused Water
Keep hydrating throughout the day while you’re on a Diwali binge. Infuse your water with lemon, cucumber, citrus fruits or berries to make it more flavourful and beneficial.
Most people who are trying to lose weight are advised to drink infused water because it helps in controlling weight, staving off hunger, achieving healthier skin and boosting nutrition, brain function, immunity and energy levels.
Make Your Morning Brew Healthy & Go Easy On Beverages
Not only food, but you might also be at risk of binging on sugar-loaded soft drinks and chai. Go easy on them. They have very few nutritional benefits.
Instead, start your day with warm water with added lemon and honey. This warm brew will help in releasing the toxins. You can follow it up with a nice, warm cup of green tea. It’ll give a great start to your morning!
Include Roughage In Your Diet
Pair every meal of yours with a salad, especially the one that includes fried food. It’ll help you feel full sooner and for longer. It will also assist your body in the process of digestion.
Eat Nuts & Seeds
You’re gonna see a lot of those lying around in the house on Diwali. Even while visiting your friends, many delicacies will be offered to you. Remember to maintain a balance between sweets and seeds. Pick nuts whenever you can.
Choose Baked & Roasted Over Fried
When given an option, choose healthier snacks like roasted foxnuts, dry fruits and seeds over fried chips. You can even buy a variety of baked snacks for such occasions.
And why not choose baked samosas that have about 32 calories a piece or kebabs instead of fried samosas that have 252 calories each, right? You can eat so many of them.
There you have it! A perfect way of blending the taste and health around Diwali. It’s not easy to stay fit all the time but the more we try, the better our body will feel.
So try these hacks and enjoy Diwali because Christmas and New Year’s Eve are also in the line!
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