Navratri 2017: It is again that time of the year to soak in the joy of Navratri – the 9-day festivity dedicated to Goddess Durga. The festivity will start on September 21 and will conclude on September 29. During this period of time, devotees throng various temples of the deity. Long queues of devotees can be seen outside all shrines dedicated to the Goddess and most of them observe fast. While many choose to fast only on the first and the last day of Navratri, some observe fast on all nine days of the festive period. To avoid health issues and celebrate the festival with zeal and vigor while observing fast here we provide healthy habits that should be adopted:
Water: Water is always healthy for a human body. Often doctors suggested to drink ample amounts of water to keep the body hydrated. But often it has been seen that in the practice to restrict eating habits to one time a day, devotees avoid drinking water as well. However, to keep yourself healthy, it is suggested to consume lots of water on fasting days.
Fluids: Besides water, there are other fluids that can be taken to avoid dehydration and give a tasty treat to taste buds like coconut water, and buttermilk, says NDTV. They should not contain any ‘anna’.
Do not starve: It is better to have small meals at particular interval of time than to starve all day and eat once. Taking small meals will help to maintain blood glucose levels and prevent the person from feeling low while fasting. But eat only those foods that are meant for fast days and nothing else.
Switch to baking/grilling: Most of the vrat recipes involve deep frying. However, it is suggested to try baking, roasting, and grilling while preparing food for fast, as much as possible.
Substitution is the trick: In order to be healthy this fasting season, it is suggested to go for substitutes. So this festive season, use skimmed milk instead of full cream milk, go for jaggery and honey in place of sugar, and switch to roasted nuts like almonds, makhana and walnuts instead of fried chips.