This festive season, avoid overindulgence!

DN Bureau

To avoid over-indulgence of fats without compromising on enjoying the festivities to the fullest, Dr Rohatgi gives these tips for an overall good health.

Navratri food

Overconsumption of carbs and fats during the festive season is hard to resist, especially with the mesmerising spread of grub adorning the kitchen and dining table.

Don't deep fry the food

Most of the traditional foods associated with navratri diet are rich in fats. One of the contributing factors is because we tend to fry everything - from potatoes to sabudana. Fried food is certainly tastier, but it is also equally unhealthy.

Binge on fruits, not fats!

Navratri diet encourages more consumption of fruits, especially for those who fast during the holy days. Instead of filling yourself on fried foods or junk foods, opt for fruit salads or fruit creams - which provide essential vitamins, minerals, even good fats and a fibrous diet. Add nuts and seeds to your diet as well because they have healthy fats and proteins, along with a better satiety factor.

Avoid processed foods

There is a whole new market of processed foods especially crafted to supplement your navratri diet. However, look beyond the packaging- fast food is fast food. It has no healthy nutrition for your body.

Look for alternatives

The key is to recognise which foods are rich in fats, carbs, sugars and then opt for their alternatives. Home-cooked sweets are not only hygienic, but also help to keep the overindulgence in check. Sugar can be replaced with healthy alternatives like honey or jaggery. Ghee should be used in moderation, and is a better alternative for refined oil or vanaspati. (ANI)

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