The onset of Navratri marks the beginning of the most auspicious time of the Hindu culture. These nine days are very important is you are observing fast. While we usually observe a fast, we miss out the essentials that our body demands. We all know that we are left with little options to eat and many people also go on a liquid diet while observing fast. However, it is very important that even while we are following the rituals of nine days, we must eat right to bless the body with good health. Observing fasts for nine days serve a dual purpose, while on one hand, we worship Goddess Durga, and on the other, we detoxify our body. (Also read: Navratri Special: Amazing lunch options while you are fasting)
How does Navratri fasting help in detoxification?
Let these Navratri be a little different. Do not intake what’s been followed for a long period of time now. Just take a little extra care of your body and remove the toxins from it.
Do not eat oily food: We all stuff ourselves with oily and fried food products while we are observing fasts. It is an easy way to treat the taste buds and feel satiated. However, if we look closely, we will notice, that no matter we limit our intake but eating only oily makes us lethargic. Thus, instead of eating all fried snacks made from kuttu flour and singhara flour, try to eat healthy snacks. Avoid fried and go for baked items. (Also read: Navratri Special: Why should one eat Sabudana during Navratri fasts)
A handful of dry fruits: We all feel hungry while we are keeping fast. Thus, to satiate your hunger pangs, take a handful of nuts including peanuts, cashews, makhana, raisins, almonds etc. They provide energy to the body and helps you to stay active for longer. Besides this, they even help to curb your hunger to a larger extent. Rich in fibre they also help to remove toxins from the body.
Increase liquid intake: One should drink plenty of water while keeping fast. It not only helps to keep your body hydrated but also makes you feel fuller for a longer period of time. If you can’t drink plain water, you can add lemon or honey to it. Besides this, fruit juices like pomegranate juice, orange juice, mango juice etc. are also filling and healthy. They bless your body with essential nutrition and energy. They all are antioxidants which help to fight against various infections in the body.
Eat kuttu snacks: We all know the option of eating items made up from kuttu ad singhara flour. However, we usually mistake it by consuming only oily snacks. We have a healthy option of eating baked and non-oily snacks as well. Sabudana is one of the rich sources of protein in the body. Thus, eat healthy to stay fit.
Eat at regular intervals: Fasting does not mean starving yourself. It means giving up on some category of food. Thus, make sure you snack light while you feel hungry. Eating two to three times a day is not a bad idea. You can crunch into fruits, salads, snacks and then your proper meal at dinner time. Keeping yourself hungry for a long period of time is actually unhealthy for the body.
Try to take jaggery: We all need a little salt and sugar in our body. We take sufficient salt by eating healthy snacks. However, the amount of sugar in our body remains low during the fast time. Thus, instead of switching to normal sugar try to eat jaggery. It helps to improve the process of digestion and also aids relief in abdominal pain. Besides the same, it provides energy to carry out our activities throughout the day. (Also read: Navratri Special: Amazing dinner options to eat during fasts)