How To Stay Fit This Feasting Season: Dry Fruits, Daily Run
The Feast Begins
The festive season has kicked off in India, and with this comes a feast of mouthwatering delicacies. From halwas to biryanis, a number of rich delights will be lining the dining table. However, while our taste buds enjoy a treat, our body stores fat which may add extra inches to the waistline. Therefore, this festive season, pledge to be smart about how you deal with your cravings. With a little control and some exercise you can prevent yourself from gaining extra pounds.
Dietician Sheryl Salis shares tips to remain fit and healthy during the festive season.
Watch Fat Intake
Ghee, butter, cream and cheese will often find a place on your plate One of the best ways of going about it is eating fatty foods during the early hours of the day, when you are active. Opt for high-protein foods which will keep you full for longer and prevent hunger pangs. Stick to high-protein soups and try meal replacement shakes infused with moringa, quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth and turmeric.
Stock Up On Healthy Foods
Fill up your pantry with healthy options like dry fruits, poha, quinoa and fresh fruits. Roasted makhanas, jowar puffs and date rolls can be healthy snacks. When thirst strikes, opt for coconut water, buttermilk and nimbu paani instead of sweetened beverages. Drink green tea more often instead of regular tea and coffee. You can also cook food in virgin coconut oil or olive oil instead of butter, margarine or vegetable oil as they are healthier.
Drink lots of water during this season. It will keep you hydrated, and will also help curb frequent hunger pangs. You can also add flavour to regular water by infusing mint, cucumber, ginger and fresh fruits. Such detox drinks prevent dehydration, indigestion, and keep the skin glowing during the festive season.
Avoid sitting for too long. If you can't rush to the gym, go for a walk, jog or run first thing in the morning. Avoid keeping your workout for the evening as you may end up skipping it. Try to exercise for longer on days when you have eaten more than usual.
Learn To Say 'No'
Sometimes you can't say 'no' to a sweet that is offered on a festival as it is considered rude. Instead of succumbing to the guilt, try to opt for a dry fruit like cashews or almonds. This way, you munch on something that is healthy, and do not end up adding extra calories.