6 Ways to Fast in a Healthy Way

Dt. Tanya Punchhi    23-07-2021 Consult

Navratri is celebrated twice a year March-April and September-October. Our immune systems are particularly weak during these times of the year, which is the reason why our body becomes vulnerable to diseases. If you are planning to fast this Navratri, here are some healthy tips to follow.

1. Don't Over-Indulge on Fried Snacks
Fried snacks are high in salt, depending too much on these snacks negate your purpose of fasting. Indulge in these foods in moderation and avoid readymade fried foods. In addition, eat a lot of fruits such as papayas, bananas, or apples during the day to stay energized.

2. Stay Hydrated
Staying hydrated when you fast is extremely important. Water, low-fat milk, and vegetable and fruit juices are some of the ways to stay hydrated and maintain an adequate level of body fluids and salt. You can also prepare some healthy cold Pressed juices using vegetables and fruits

3. Avoid Starving
There are many people who starve themselves to death. The thumb rule is to avoid fasting for too long. If you want to detoxify, eat fresh fruits or nuts at intervals. Prolonged fasting can lead to a number of problems such as weakness, anemia, fatigue, and headaches.

4. Eat Fiber-Rich Foods
Include a lot of green vegetables such as sweet potato, raw banana, bottle gourd, and pumpkin in your menu to stay full and satiate your hunger. Fibers take a lot of time to digest which will curb your hunger and they also keep your blood sugar level in check.

5. Use a Variety of Flours
Using buckwheat flour is very common during Navratri. However, you can also use a number of other varieties of flour such as Samo Rice (Samak Chawal) to make chapattis or porridge. Add some vegetables to make them healthy and filling. 

6. Maintain your Energy Levels
Feeling low and experiencing a lack of energy is quite common during Navratri. To maintain your energy levels, you need to eat right. Include foods that are rich in protein and carbs to maintain your energy levels.