10 Tips to Lose Weight and Eat Healthy while fasting during Navratri

10 Tips to Lose Weight and Eat Healthy while fasting during Navratri

By Shalini Singhal  on: 04 October 2013
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The Hindu festival of Navratra celebrated with full devotion and happiness for nine days purifies the whole environment. It is celebrated with gusto in different regions of the country. On the festive occasion of Navratra, fast is observed by people for seven or eight days. Fasting has various advantages for our body.




Few people also plan to lose weight during Navratras while being religiously inclined.


Here I bring for you a few tips which would make your Navratra Fasts healthier and also would make you shed a few kilos :


  1. Avoid all fried foods like chips, deep fried cutlets, pooris,etc  even if you are taking one meal a day.

  2. Keep yourself hydrated with lots of water, carrot-tomato juice, nimbu paani, green tea, tea,buttermilk , skim milk,coconut water , etc

  3. Keep eating small portions of fruits or other permitted food items to keep your metabolism alive.

  4. Do not under-eat or keep hungry for long. Also do not over-eat  in a single meal.

  5. Avoid sugar laden sweets and desserts. Instead prepare fruit smoothies in curd, fruit chaat, etc for that sweet taste.

  6. You can include Bananas,Boiled potatoes, saboodana ( Sago ),samak ke chawal ( sanwa millet ),kuttoo ( buckwheat ),singhade ka atta ( water chestnut flour ), etc in your meals which would not only provide the necessary energy but also many micronutrients.

  7. Keep doing your normal physical activity and don’t just lie down thinking that you are ‘fasting’ and need to avoid physical  activity.

  8. Avoid over indulgence in heavy meals and fried foods after late night “Garbas or ‘Dandiya’. Have a mini meal before leaving home to attend Garba or Dandiya Parties .

  9. ‘Sendha Namak’ is also Sodium Chloride chemically as is your Common Salt, so its use also has to be limited if you have been advised so.

  10. Extra precautions must be taken by people prone to health risks while observing fasts. These include people suffering from diabetes, hypertension, anaemia, and those who have recently underwent some kind of surgery. Individuals with chronic health problems related to kidneys, heart, liver or lungs must observe fasting only after consent from their doctors. Pregnant and lactating women must also be precautious.                 














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Drinking turmeric milk helps to give relief in cold, cough, sore throat. Helps in allergies, and to have stronger bones. Also,gives relief in pain, inflammation, abdominal gas,etc. (Turmeric milk has many advantages and very beneficial for health but it should not be taken continuously for very long period. Also avoid eating anything an hour after drinking this milk.)   So, how about beginning or ending your day with such warm and soothing beverages to take your mind off the chill outside ? These are Tried and Tested beverages right from our Nani‛s- Daadi‛s kitchens. Go ahead friends. 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Dr. Shalini Singhal (Dietician & Nutritionist in Dwarka, Delhi NCR, India) is a Doctorate and PG Gold Medalist in Nutrition, an eminent healthcare professional with over 20 years experience in Nutrition Solutions Industry. Dr. Shalini Singhal brings in expertise from the world's best,scientifically proven and WHO endorsed wellness programs from USA, Pritikin Longevity Centre and also from other reknowned slimming & fitness companies like VLCC Health Care Ltd. She has headed Pritikin India and VLCC Nutri Diet Clinic and other Wellness Projects and spearheaded R&D initiatives in the field for several years. She has extensive experience of handling people who desire to lose weight and who have other associated problems. Her endeavors are focussed towards providing the most advanced and scientifically proven diet therapy for weight & disease management.Dr. Shalini Singhal (Dietician & Nutritionist  in Dwarka, Delhi NCR, India) has been an Educator and Trainer for dieticians and nutritionists pan India. She has written and published several original and review articles in various national and international journals on health, diet & nutrition. She has been participating in various conferences and is the Panelist of Nutrition & Wellness Club of various public schools in New Delhi NCR, India. Dr. Shalini Singhal has been promoting lifestyle modification programs for health and wellness at various events in schools in Dwarka & Gurgaon, colleges, clubs and corporate houses.
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