Published on : October 16, 2022, 3:00 PM IST

India is a country of diverse communities and religions, with a wide variety of festivals. These are times of celebration and feasting with our family and friends. If food is an integral part of festivals, there is also the fear of gaining extra pounds! To eat or not to eat, how much to eat, when to eat, what to eat, are debates that go around in our heads. But what is important to remember is to eat what does not harm our health! As we approach Diwali 2022, let’s take a look at some healthy eating tips to stay fit during the festive season.

It should be understood that a healthy lifestyle with a good diet and moderate and regular physical activity throughout the year is important for maintaining good health. Those few days away from the same thing don’t change your health from good to bad. You can feast on delicacies by controlling the quantities!

Choose healthy laddoos. Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

You need to know the foods to avoid on Diwali and the importance of not giving up on your fitness routine even if you are making the most of the festive season.

13 healthy eating tips to stay fit

According to Bhakti Samant, Chief Dietitian, Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital Mumbai, here are some tips to stay healthy during the Diwali season.

1. Moderation is key when eating your favorite treats during festivals. Portion control can help you control the intake of extra calories. Take smaller portions from the plate and avoid refilling it.

2. Foods high in dietary fiber should take up the majority of your plate.

3. Go for daytime lunch instead of nighttime if possible.

4. Eat a fruit or a small meal before going to a party or a meeting.

5. Avoid fasting all day before going to the party as it does not help in controlling the intake instead it will cause you to overeat.

6. Start your meal with a liquid drink like soup, buttermilk or lime water as this helps reduce appetite. Avoid sugary drinks.

7. Start eating with a protein option as it helps with better satiety. Protein-rich foods such as legumes, sprouts, curds, buttermilk, grilled chicken, fish, etc. can be included.

8. Prioritize between one fried salty snack and one sweet treat at a time. Avoid indulging in both at the same time. Also, if possible, opt for roasted or baked savory snacks instead of fried ones.

Avoid fried foods
Avoid fried foods to keep your health under control during Diwali! Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

9. When selecting desserts, go for milk-based desserts over others that are fried. For example, easgulla on gulab jamun.

10. When drinking, opt for drinks with no added sugar blends.

11. Stay hydrated by drinking about 2-3 liters of fluids in the form of soups, smoothies, lime water, coconut water, infused water, etc., excluding l ‘water.

12. Avoid packaged and ready-to-eat foods – the more processed foods you eat, the fewer nutrients available.

13. Exercising regularly for at least 30 minutes could help maintain your weight easily during the holiday season. Do activities you like and love, don’t go with the herd. Do a quick wake up, jog, Zumba, aerobics, yoga, Pilates, HIIT or strength training.

aerobics for fitness
Don’t forget to exercise! Image Courtesy: Shutterstock

The last word

Remember that it is not what you eat during the holidays that decides the fate of your health, but the consistency with which you make healthy choices throughout the year! Follow these healthy eating tips and see the difference!