tips for healthy Diwali

Date: Nov 10, 2012
Towards Healthy Deepawali From Dr. Deepika’s Wellness Deepawali, the festival of lights, is just a few days away. This festival offers us a platter of goodies - parties, card sessions, chocolates, sweets, food and wine. And as we tuck into the festive cuisine, our regular diet has an add-on of calorie rich foods like sweets, fried snacks, dry-fruits and much more. As a consequence what happens to our weight is anybody’s guess. Then how do we ensure that the festive times don’t take a toll on our health? Moderation is the key to enjoy festive food and still keep the weighing scale in balance. Go slow on fatty foods, sugar and starches like breads & potatoes. However, we can include a lot of fresh fruits in our diet during and after Diwali. We can also opt for sugar free sweets and chocolates which are available aplenty in the market. Home made sweets are the best. One can make sweets like kheer, gujia, shrikhand, gulab jamun, date pudding, phirni, fruit cakes,fruit-salad and so many others at home. Make use of low fat ingredients- like low fat milk, products low in sugar, when you're making sweets and snacks. If you're able to say no to oily food in every-day life, try and extend that to festivals as well. When it is snack time, drink a glass of water beforehand. It will make your stomach partially full and as a result you will eat less, which will help minimize the calorie intake. Don't go to any party ravenous, eat a light snack -- yogurt, soup, salad or nuts. Limit alcohol to no more than two small pegs for men and 1 for women and avoid sweetened beverages and last but not least, look out for vegetables in the menu. Running away from food will not help you cut calories the key is moderation. And remember that bad diet habits can harm your health. A balanced diet and regular exercise are important for a healthy life. Wishing you a Healthy Happy Deepawali!

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