Diwali is here and you are getting ready for the fun- last minute shopping, cleaning and grooming. But just be cautious enough to not let the celebrations ruin all your efforts towards health and fitness. In fact, aim to dazzle everyone by looking fitter and making smart food choices this Diwali ! Because Diwali is more about feeling good about yourself and rekindling hopes for a brighter future.
Go nuts- Nuts usually define the richness of Diwali festival. They are quite expensive but are almost always offered to guests. Almonds, pistachios, walnuts are energy dense, contain the right kind of fats, rich in fiber , provide satiety and so can be eaten without guilt at anytime anywhere. We are a little skeptical about overdoing the cashews, especially salted ones.
Exotic dried fruits– A wide range of dried fruits – Dried cranberries, kiwi, mulberries, apples, apricots, etc are now available. Unless they are candies with sugar, they can be eaten guilt-free. These dried fruits are low in calories, rich in fiber and have the pleasant sweet and sour taste like fruits. These make for very unique and classic gifting items on Diwali instead of the fatty sweets.
Say no to colas – Many hosts offer cold drinks to visitors as it is an economical drink with big- time discounts on larger packs during festive season. We have said it before and reinforce that colas take away more from your body than doing any good. Please be benevolent enough to not serve this carbonated sugary beverage to your guests either.
Nibble instead of munch – We know that even though you have bravely fought the temptation of devouring those sweets/desserts, you cannot overcome the urge to grab that samosa, cheesy bruschetta, fried baby corn, etc. These can be eaten but with some judgement and frugality. You can taste them and nibble at a few pieces but avoid munching excessively on the fried appetizers.
Workout in the morning – Thankfully, Diwali pooja and celebrations happen post sunset.You do have the morning time for yourself. Utilize the morning hours for a jog or run or brisk walk with your spouse, friend or headphones. You will be surprised how fresh and energetic you will feel throughout the day.
Help around the house– Cleaning home for Diwali is also a fairly good workout. You can increase physical activity during this time by doing laundry, cleaning crockery, cooking, serving guests, cleaning-up after the party, etc . Remember, the more you move the more you loose.
So this Diwali light up your life by adopting a healthy lifestyle and diet. Glow in a way that inspires others to follow your footsteps. Make sure that the year ahead brings pure joy and peace which comes with good health. After all, we do know that ‘Health is Wealth’