It’s the season of festivals ahead! Are you taking care of your diet? You need to keep that calorie level down. Of course, we ought to have sweets and treats. That’s the best part of our festivals, right?
The besan ladoos coated with desi ghee! The sweetness that fills your mouth the moment you put it in. The softness of the besan and the silkiness of the ghee. The light crunch rising from the cashews on it. Yum!
The carrot halwa in all its bright orange glory! The smell that arises from your pan when you mix in the grated carrot with almond milk, or even plain milk. And then comes the desi ghee(our best friend), and of course, sugar! Oh!
The gulab jamuns drenched in sugary syrup! The sugar boiling and melting into a sea of sweetness. The almonds and pistachios on top of the balls, giving it a light crunch.
Stop right there my dear friend. Are ships sailing in your mouth? That’s only natural. Here are some tips to help you stay fit during the festive season.
- While ghee may be our best friend, he’s also our worst enemy! Beware! Don’t you want to look fit? You need to resist yourself off too many sweets. Consider making the same sweets with much less ghee. They’re going to taste just as good.
- Use less sugar or sugar-free sweeteners. It’ll still be sweet.
- Make a deal with yourself. Tell yourself that you should eat only certain amounts of sweets in a day. Don’t have more than two servings of halwa. Just one is enough for one day, don’t you agree?
- Completely cut down on your intake of junk food. Don’t have food from restaurants every night! Avoid your burgers, pizzas, french fries and potato chips! That’ll only add to your weight! This is only for the festive time(although you could completely stop having junk foods. But that’s too ambitious)!
- Exercise! Yes, the very obvious one that none of us like to do. You need not go to the gym. Just a brisk walk for 30 minutes a day should do you good. Or do you have a treadmill at home that you never use?
- Creating a diet chart for yourself. No no. You don’t need to visit a dietician immediately. Just make sure that you follow the old saying, “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and supper like a pauper!”
- Keep a check on your consumption of water. Keep yourself hydrated. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. It also helps you to avoid overeating.
- Get some good sleep. Lack of sleep results in you craving for more food during the day. Make sure you sleep for at least 7-8 hours at night.
So, don’t let yourself binge on food. Stay healthy and enjoy this festive season with your friends and family. Have a happy festive season! Cheers!