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Oct 5

Diet And Fasting Tips For Diabetic Patients And Expecting Mothers During Navratri –

India has a wide range of cultures and festivals which involves both fasting and feasting. Navaratri among Hindus is one of the most common fasts which is being observed. Navaratri comes twice a year during the seasonal change period, wherein in this phase, the human body is vulnerable and susceptible to fall sick. Thus, on this 9-day long festival people avoid non-vegetarian sources, onion, garlic, grains, alcohol and smoking. But the type of fast and duration differs from individual to individual.Also Read - Ayurveda Remedies For Eyes: Best Ayurvedic Home Remedies To Make Your Vision Stronger, Watch Video

Fasting has numerous benefits such as it boosts immunity, brings LDL cholesterol levels down, makes gut bacteria better, improves strength and vitality, and improves hormones as well. But there are certain ways to adhere to fasting. Offer a variety of hydrating fruits and vegetables before the fast. This helps in the slow release of calories and keeps them hydrated and satiated throughout the day. Also Read - All About Keratosis Pilaris, an Incurable Skin Condition Yami Gautam is Suffering From

A reminder that overindulging can cause weight gain. And also, as salt stimulates thirst, avoid salty foods. Opt for more air-fried and baked foods rather than deep-fried. Make sure the food isnt very oily or greasy, as you might feel tired for the next day. Also Read - Why Turning Into A Vegetarian Can Be A Good Option, Find Out | Watch Video

During Navaratri, make sure that the diet is balanced comprising of all nutrients. It basically works on complex carbohydrates which involves different grains on the plate with a vegetarian source of protein and antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables. This diet helps to detoxify the system of toxins as well as builds immunity. Keep the meal rule simple, 30% carbs + 30% good proteins + 30% high fiber vegetables.

Expecting mothers are not allowed to do long hours of fasting as it might affect the growth of the baby. Pregnant women will be allowed to fast with the doctors consent but making sure that they incorporate small frequent nutrient-dense meals throughout the day. Pregnant mothers should work more on the quality of nutrients rather than quantity. Consumption of healthy foods at regular intervals is required as the nutrients are going to the growing baby. Hydration status is also very important during the fasting period.

Balancing the macronutrients and micronutrients well is something that has to be adhered to by pregnant mothers during this period.

Remember to start the day with a good source of fiber and proteins like fruits, milk and nuts. And for breakfast opt for Fruit yoghurt with nuts and seeds or milkshakes or even smoothies. Always remember to hydrate in the middle of the day by indulging in tender coconut water, lassi or buttermilk. Lunch has to be balanced with either of the millets as an option for roti or rice with adequate gourd vegetables and a fiber dense vegetable with curd/paneer/tofu for proteins. Opt for vegetable soups for the evening with makana or any fruit or vegetable salad to munch on to cut down unhealthy and carbohydrate-based cravings. Dinner can be kichadi or Rotis with proper balance and finish off with dry fruits milkshake or milk. The essentials of adequate carbohydrates with the right amount of proteins for proper growth of the baby with a good amount of fruits & vegetables for antioxidants will work better.

Be sure to have small but frequent meals to maintain your stamina and to keep you functioning throughout the day.

Fasting does wonders for your body providing you balance the meal well. So, all the best and wishing you healthy and mindful eating during this festive season.

(Inputs by Greata Sherene Robinson, Executive nutritionist, Cloudnine Group of Hospitals, Chennai)

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