Idea is to act smart and plan your intake in a way that you feel full throughout the day and resist temptations. From opting for a healthy breakfast and staying hydrated, to having superfoods like aloe vera juice and popping some herbal pills, Sharma shows us the way to improve digestion and keep blood sugar levels in check.
Heavy breakfast to avoid binge eating
Why don’t you start having healthy breakfast at least during this time of the year For instance, you can go for a healthy grain like quinoa. Or, if you are not a cereal person, besan chilla with less oil or made in non stick tava would be perfect. Besan chilla, made of two third besan and one third oats, not only tastes good, but keeps you full through the day.
Cut down daily calorie count
Cutting down on calories at work that you gain on every day basis can help you compensate for the ones you will gain with Diwali sweets. For instance, avoid drinking 4 – 5 cups of tea or coffee when at work. This will help you cut down 200 – 250 calories and skipping a cola bottle with lunch means additional 145 calories. Also, avoiding alcohol can also help you shed lot of calories.
Sweets made of natural sweeteners
You can alternatively also go for sweets made at home with natural sweeteners. For a change, you can ditch that kaju barfi and instead go for apple or lauki kheer. They taste a lot like phirni but are absolutely calorie free, especially when made with raisins and honey instead of sugar. And, if savoury and not sweet is your weakness, you can gobble up aloo tikkis made using airfryers.
For party hoppers
By now most of you, particularly newlyweds and party lovers, would have your dinner parties already lined up. And how can you say no, after all its Diwali eve. So, a little bit of planning can help you avoid overeating. You can have a glass of soya milk and fruit chat before leaving home. This will keep you full throughout and you won’t starve till dinner is served. It will also help you eat less.
True, with Diwali comes an endless to do list, from cleaning to shopping. And in the process most of us forget to drink enough water, which often leads to tiredness and hunger pangs. You can stay hydrated with healthy beverages such as nimbu pani with less sugar, iced green tea and buttermilk. The best way to check if you are fully hydrated or not is to check the color of your pee. If it is clear (transparent), you are good to go but if it is in any shade of yellow, you are not having enough water.
Superfoods you need now
Aloe vera, the best antacid; Sip two table spoons of aloe vera juice every morning till Diwali (and even after the festival for long-term results). Aloe vera ensures that your acidity levels are intact and also aids in better digestion. And if you are diabetic, ensure you add a spoon of Amla juice to it, which keeps the body’s blood sugar within normal range.
Prevent and cure acidity; Coconut water not only refreshes you but is the best healer of acidity. And, no acidity means lesser temptation to cheat on your diet with sweets, thereby ensuring controlled blood sugar levels. Although coconut water is sweet, diabetic patients can sip on it because only 15% of the sugar breakdown is fructose. Moreover, coconut water makes you feel full and prevents your sugar craving for some time. You would be surprised to know that coconut water also helps burn the insulin in your body and keeps your blood sugar levels in check.
Early-morning magic potion; This is one formula that can never go wrong. Having warm water with honey and a few drops of lemon juice on an empty stomach in the morning helps in reducing body weight. That’s why it is part of most of the weight loss programmes. Warm water also helps in treating constipation by making bowel movements easier. So, if you stuff your system with sweets and carbs, you must resort to this magic potion to begin weight loss.
Detox for damage control
You can also go for Triphala churan, one teaspoon with warm water for ten days at bedtime before Diwali. This will detoxify your body and help prevent deposition of fat by increasing your digestive capacity. Triphala churan assists natural internal cleansing, gently maintains regularity, supports healthy digestion and absorption and acts as a natural antioxidant.
Pill for the lazy ones
If you are too lazy to gulp down juice or prepare a healthy breakfast, this is the best for you. Take one enzyme tablet any time of the day. This leads to better digestion and is very good for those with high BP. It is safe, herbal and you don’t have to worry about side effects.