Fasting is a good way to detoxify your body and give the digestive system is a break. Many people across India fast during the nine-day festival of Sharad Navratri.
If you are fasting this Navratri, here are a few basic dos and don'ts to keep in mind and take care of yourself.
Say no to deep-fried vrat snacks and bake or grill them instead with a little or no oil/ghee.
Break your fast with a light meal. Even though you’ll want to eat everything in sight once your Navratri fast is over, it’s best to go slow.
Refrain from buying snacks which read 'diet chivda', ‘diet chips’ or 'Navratri special'. Not only do these snacks come soaked in oil, but also at times may consist of ingredients that you shouldn't be consuming.
You can drink anything from water to fruit juices and milkshakes, and keep your body hydrated. Not drinking enough water can increase your food craving which may lead to weight gain.
Once the festival of Navratri and your fast is over, ensure that you don't eat too much and too quickly because it can cause nausea, and undo the cleansing process and positive effects of your fast.
Once your appetite gets stronger, add spices, grains, and pulses in addition to other veggies. Add non-veg items only after your body is used to the previous changes.