Festivals are awesome. Especially because of all that gorgeous and gorge-worthy khaana-peena. But, even we foodies understand, that somewhere along, we’ll need to stop, or else, guilt is going to sink in sooner or later. Quite frankly, I wish I could just keep eating and there would be no repercussions – I don’t really care about what it would do to my figure because a) I exercise enough to handle that, and b) Even if I didn’t, I wouldn’t have any body image issues. But then…yes, there’s a “but” – I do realize the importance of being mindful to at least some sane extent, when opening your mouth to put something in. Because, health.
So, just a few things to follow, and you’re good to glide through the festivities, enjoying all those yummilicious sweets, without feeling guilty later!
1. Never Say No
Yes, because you’d say “no” to the first laddoo, the second jalebi…by the seventh time you’re asked, you’re going to give in and how! So instead, embrace the foodie in you, and eat what you’re offered.
2. Practise Moderation
Eat what you’re offered, but in moderation. Half a laddoo, or one rasgulla instead of two, and you get to enjoy everything, yet not feel stuffed at the end of it all.
3. Indulge in Antidotes
If you’ve had too much of spicy food that could upset your stomach, consume something cooling through the day to balance it out. If you’ve had too much sweet, make sure to include greens in your meals.
4. Precaution Is Better Than Caution
If you know you’re going to indulge anyway, then indulge just as much at preparing yourself as you start your day – gulp down a glass full of unsweetened green juice, and exercise enough. That way your required calorie intake would shoot up more than usual, and all that you eat would be justified to some extent.
5. Drink Lots of Water
Just to neutralize your taste buds. Else you’re going to feel pukish by the end of it all. Also, gargle each time you have something sweet. This will help your teeth remain clean and save them from tartar buildup (my dentist sister must be flashing her sparkly 32, while reading this! :P)
6. Follow the 4 pm Rule
Imagine you’re Cinderella. Only, your deadline is 4 pm. And no, you do not have to run back home, but instead shoo off your sweet cravings. Eat all you want without guilt, up until the clock ticks four, and you’ll be just fine. In fact, avoid grains and starchy carbs post 4. I usually eat a lot of sweets, so this rule at least helps me control the ‘when’. As you get closer to sundown, start switching to lean protein, fat (not too much), and non-starchy foods.
7. Back up with Basics
By basics, I really mean alkalizing foods, since not all basics are alkali. Refined sugar – a key ingredient in most festive sweets, is acidic in nature. We often don’t break down our food into nutrients or try to understand what each food does to the body. But, if we did, it would really help. As a general rule, when I notice I am consuming a lot of acidic foods, I increase my iron intake by adding a lot of greens into everything I eat. It always helps me balance out.
8. Use a Calorie Counter App
It’ll help you keep tab. Then, you can change your lifestyle for the day based on your calorie intake. 😉
My suggestions – MyFitnessPal (Android, Apple), and Fooducate (Android, Apple).
9. Stay Better Prepared
If you’re otherwise leading a healthy lifestyle, 5 days of sindulgence aren’t going to hurt as much as they’d otherwise have!
Now go, enjoy! Wish y’all a very happy festive season!
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