Contributed by Harleen Kaur
Diwali is just around the corner. It’s time to enjoy the festival and spend a great time with our loved ones.
While festive cheer makes us happy, it can also lead us to indulgently indulge in festive sweets that we may later regret. So you are advised to be extra careful while choosing festive food, portion size and meal time.
Avoiding high calorie and sugary foods is only one part of the diabetes challenge; Other factors such as inconsistent meal times, exercise, lack of water intake or lack of sleep can affect your regular blood sugar levels.
One must realize that maintaining good health requires a healthy lifestyle that includes healthy food and regular moderate physical exercise throughout the year.
But with that comes the thought of controlling blood sugar levels. To eat or not to eat, how much to eat, when to eat, what to eat are all controversial issues.
Here we help you with some tips that you should follow this Diwali to control your blood sugar levels easily.
Make your own sweets at home
Try making your own sweets paying attention to the amount of sugar, fat and carbohydrates used in their preparation. Limit your intake of namkeen, samosas, vadas, sweets, cakes, pastries or processed foods.
Stay away from flour and sugar. Instead of using a lot of sugar, try using dates, honey or jaggery powder to sweeten besan laddus.
Don’t forget to use almonds, dates or black currants instead of sugar when making sweets for good health.
Drink enough water to stay hydrated as this will help cleanse the bowels and make you feel fuller, which will encourage you to eat less junk food.
Regular water can also be flavored by adding fresh fruits, mint, cucumber and ginger. These detox drinks keep the skin glowing during the festive season and thus avoid the chances of indigestion and dehydration.
Monitor fat intake
Ghee, butter, cream and cheese will regularly feature in your meals during the festive season. Instead of these ingredients, you can choose high-protein foods to maintain your feeling of fullness and curb hunger. Stick to high-protein soups and experiment with moringa, quinoa, buckwheat, oats and turmeric-infused meal replacement smoothies.
Avoid sitting for long periods of time. If you can’t get to the gym right away, start your day with a brisk walk, jog or run and count your steps. Avoid scheduling your workout for the evening as you may skip it. On days when you eat more than usual, try to exercise for longer periods of time.
Healthy cooking tips
Use healthy oils, such as olive and canola oil, if you decide to add fat to your cooking. Likewise, consider these tips for reducing the amount of fat used for cooking. To reduce hidden fat, eat lean meats and low-fat dairy products because they contain essential long-chain fatty acids and other beneficial components.
Nuts, seeds, seafood, soy, olives and avocado are all good choices.
Instead of frying your food, choose to steam, bake, grill, braise, boil or microwave.
India is a diverse nation with different religions as well as a huge range of festivals. We are in a season of celebration and feasting with our loved ones.
One must understand that maintaining good health requires a healthy lifestyle that includes healthy food and regular, moderate physical exercise throughout the year. These few days of control and discipline will not improve your health but you will have to be consistent with what you are doing.
Remember, what you eat during the festival does not define your health; How consistently good decisions you make throughout the year! See the difference by following the healthy eating tips above!
Additionally, you should undergo preventive health checkups. These health tests give a complete report on your health, allowing you to take necessary precautions to improve your health and avoid various ailments.
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