Healthy Festive Season
Celebrate this year's holidays with healthy eating
This Navaratri takes the initiative to detox your body and embraces more healthy and nutritious options.
We inhale and consume toxins in our daily lives through food or living in a polluted environment. Fasting is an excellent opportunity to detoxify the body and remove toxins that may have accumulated in the tissues over the years.
During this festive season, people opt for different types of fruits and foods that are nutritious. Antioxidants in these foods help remove harmful free radicals from the body.
Fluid intake increases during fasting. It helps keep the body hydrated. During Navaratri, try coconut water, fresh fruit juices, milkshakes, buttermilk, etc., to nourish the body and hydrate the skin.
Avoid wheat, rice, and lentils; instead, embrace ingredients like Singhare Ka Atta, Kuttu ka atta, Sama, Sabudana, etc, to give your digestive system a much-needed rest. Foods that are easy to digest are consumed during Navaratri.
Try replacing table salt or processed/refined salt with Sendha Namak (pure salt without chemicals), as it aids digestion, boosts immunity, regulates blood pressure, and keeps the body active throughout the day.
Try to avoid using heat-generating spices like Haldi (turmeric), Dhania (coriander), Hing (asafetida), Garam Masala (mixed exotic spice powder), Rai/Sarson (mustard), Lavang (cloves), etc., do not use sesame/mustard oil for cooking. Groundnut oil or ghee is used for cooking vrata recipes. So keep your body cool and refreshed by avoiding them and using Jeera (cumin) and Kali Mirch (black pepper).
Meditation and prayers are a significant part of Navaratri vrat. These will help soothe your senses, body, mind, and soul. In short, fasting during Navaratri can exercise self-control, self-discipline, and self-control.
- Pallavi Gupta