With the upcoming festive season beginning with Navratri, a lot of people will fast for the entire stretch of nine days. Keeping this is mind let us look at
10 effective ways of fasting in a healthful way without compromising on the precious thing called ‘health’.
1. Avoiding extremes
It is a common practice that people choose the extreme path and either eat too much while they are fasting or completely stop the intake of food. In order to fast in a healthy way, this route of extremes must be avoided since it can prove to be harmful for the body.
A few days before your fasting period is about to begin, gradually reduce the amount of food that you are consuming on a daily basis. This practice will acclimatize your body to reduced food intake instead of giving a sudden jolt to your system. It gives the body enough time to get used to change.
3. Liquid consumption
Drinking considerable quantities of liquids including water, fresh fruit juices should be a norm while you’re fasting. This constant supply of liquids along with the nutrition derived from the fruits will keep you going without causing rapid drop in energy levels.
4. Reduced stress levels
Ensuring that you are not exerting yourself too much during the day is very crucial during the period of fast. More stress with very miniscule quantities of food can prove to be harmful for the smooth functioning of your body. Fasting in a way is a process of resting and healing your body.
5. Watch what you do
It is important that fasting for religious purposes or otherwise is not followed blindly. There are certain types of foods that can be eaten during the fasting period. You must ensure that you are consuming nutritious food and not depriving the system of its daily dose of food and nourishment.
6. Unhealthy food
While fasting you are in a way cleansing your body. However some people binge on fried food like potato and banana chips, which you are permitted to have during this period. Substitute this unhealthy junk food with fresh fruits like bananas, apples or any other fruit or vegetable of your choice.
7. Health is Wealth
Religious norms and patterns drive people to offer their prayers through the mode of fasting. However, if you suffer from chronic illnesses or encounter a health problem while you are fasting, you must make sure you stop the fast and consume the food that your body demands.
8. Size and Frequency of meals
Eating in small quantities after every small internal can keep you going and give you the required amount of energy while you’re fasting.
9. Dry fruits
Eating a handful of dry fruits like soaked almonds; walnuts etc in the morning can provide your body with the essential minerals. These tiny portions of food will give a boost to your system during the fasting period.
10. Avoid acidic food
It is important to remember that an empty stomach or highly acidic foods can cause acidity and heartburn. In order to avoid this, you must eat something after every few hours and not include foods that can cause acidity in your diet.
Follow these basic ground rules to ensure a happy and healthy fasting and festive season. Doing everything in moderation is the key to success without any hindrance.