Contributed by Harleen Kaur
Once again, it is that time of the year when we rejoice and celebrate the nine-day festival by worshiping Maa Durga which begins on September 26 with full of joy and enthusiasm. Those who are thinking of fasting have already started preparations, from putting together the puja samburi to buying food suitable for fasting during the fasting days.
On the auspicious first day of Navratri, people get up early, take bath and pray to the Goddess. Welcoming Goddess Durga to take shelter in their home, with love and joy.
However, if you are fasting, you need to keep some important things in mind which we will cover in this blog. In the beginning, it is important to drink enough water and eat nutritious fast food to keep yourself healthy and energetic. Detoxification can also occur during fasting, but only if it is done healthily.
Navratri, which ushers in winter, often occurs between the months of September and October. Since these months herald winter, your immune system may be weakened during this time, making you more vulnerable to illness.
So, we’re here to help you with some do-it-yourself tips to keep in mind while having fun during the festival.
Keep yourself hydrated
Whether one is fasting or not, one must always track hydration. A healthy body needs adequate water to function properly. Hydrating drinks like coconut water, milk, and fruit juice help take care of your nutrition. However, some of these beverages may be restricted during fasting, so you are urged to exercise an informed choice.
Furthermore, buttermilk, green tea and lemon water can be options that you can opt for. It is recommended to avoid drinks like coffee and tea which can dehydrate you and affect your digestive system while fasting.
Getting enough sleep is important because fasting can be physically draining for your body. Additionally, adequate sleep will help you avoid headaches and dizziness.
7 to 8 hours of sleep is recommended. Try to detox your body completely, relax and engage your mind in some mindful meditation.
During this period of fasting, you are allowed to eat all fruits including dry fruits. So, this is the best time to eat seasonal fruits like banana, papaya, muskmelon and apple which can give you lots of energy. Additionally, you can prepare a fruit salad or have a bowl of yogurt with some fruit.
Avoid oily food
When you’re fasting, it can be tempting to eat fried fasting foods, but it’s best to avoid them because they can make you feel tired and bloated while eating more fruits and nuts will keep you active and alert throughout the day.
Festivals are exciting and enjoyable. You can catch up with friends, meet new people, go to musical performances and generally have a great time. Maintaining your health and well-being through all the chaos can be a little challenging.
Be kind to yourself as fasting is an important part of Navratri festival. Surround yourself with positive vibes and energy that will help you enjoy the festival to the fullest.
Eating well, staying hydrated, practicing daily meditation and engaging in blissful activities can be some of the good habits you can adopt during this Navratri.
Go ahead and make your Navratri healthy this year!
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