It’s that time of the year all over again! Diwali being around the corner- time for fun & festivities is back! Especially for those attending late night card parties.
A sudden shock to both normal meals and regular sleep patterns comes from late night parties binge-eating, tanking up on alcohol and lack of exercise. From the card parties which flag off the season, to the endless array of snacks and sweets we eat, Diwali is definitely the time when we tend to lose track of our eating, drinking, and fitness habits.
While the joy of the upcoming festivities fills you with anticipation and excitement, does your worry of weight gain dull that sparkle in your eye? Worry not, because we’re here to help you sail through the season worry free.

So sit back, relax and read on to know how you can make this Diwali, a healthy one.

1.      Start your day right
Start your day with body cleansing lemon ginger water! A simple yet powerful detox will help you get rid of toxins and boost your immune system.

2.      Healthy breakfast is must
Have a healthy breakfast to ensure high energy throughout the day. This means you do not start indulging in the Diwali sweets and snacks early on in the morning. Include fruits, veggies, healthy fats, and certain protein sources to replenish all the nutrients your body lost the night before. 

3.      Stay hydrated
Drink a minimum of 3 liters of water per day. It keeps you hydrated. Not only does water flush out the toxins of the body, it also helps during hangovers for after those late nights. Instead of having coffee and tea, the more sensible choices would be lemon water, coconut water, green tea, buttermilk, detox waters, or fresh vegetable juice. It will help you avoid calorie uptake.

4.      It’s all about portion control
You do not want to play spoilsport at Diwali parties or even in your home. It is also a good idea to keep your plate size small. But, instead of binging, take a few bites of all the sweets ad savories that are special around this time of the year.
5.      Be a mindful eater
While you are indulging your senses and palate, just be mindful of the number of drinks and quantity of food and snacks you are consuming. Do not add aerated drinks and packaged fruit juices to your drinks. Go for grilled and barbequed snacks, stay away from anything fried, keep carbs and sweets intake to the minimal. And learn to say ‘No’ when you know you are done
6.      Flush out toxins with fruits and vegetables
Throughout your day, add 2-3 servings of fruits & 3-4 servings of vegetables. Drink a glass of vegetable juice. Vegetable juice will boost your livers ability to cleanse you of last night damage.
7.      Don’t Leave on empty stomach
Eating before you drink can activate the release of leptin hormone before you get any alcohol into your system. A full stomach slows down the rate at which alcohol is absorbed into the blood. Don’t reach for foods high in fat, though. Snack on some protein before you go out, or eat a high-protein meal before relaxing on the couch with a glass of wine.

8.      Drink in moderation
Limiting yourself to two drinks in one sitting distances you from this threshold without ruining the fun. Excess alcohol not only causes dehydration, gives you a hangover and makes you look tired, but it also increases the risk of accidents on the auspicious day.

9.      Drink water before, during and after your drinks
Make a point to have a glass of water between each drink. A drink of water for every drink of alcohol can help with moderation and preventing a hangover. Alcohol is a diuretic, which means it will cause us to become dehydrated. But, if we drink plenty of water before drinking, this will keep us from feeling thirsty and prompt us to drink slowly.

10.  Don’t compromise on exercise
During festive season exercise is the one thing to stick to no matter how busy you may be. Yes, you’d find lesser time to exercise. But even a 20 minute run could go a long way in helping you manage your weight during the season. Even if you are not able to hit the gym, climb stairs, do skipping or walk more. Meditate at least 5 mins towards the end of your workout to keep yourself stress free.

Final word:
These quick and easy tips will keep your fitness level in check and you will not have to shy away from any indulges this Diwali!

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