Today is the beginning of the Navratri festival, and we know that most of you should be ready to fast. Everybody has their own reasons behind fasting. While some have religious reasons, others do it to pause and detox their bodies. Which is a great idea! In fact, Ayurveda also supports your detox theory.
But the thing is that it takes a lot of effort to convert a Navratri feast into a detox diet. You can’t say “I’m fasting” and nosh on aloo vegetable and Puri. That said, you can lose weight and detox this Navratri. Not only that, but you will feel steamed and fresh even after these nine days.
But can you go about it? For that, we consulted with celebrity dietitian Shweta Shah. Take tips from him and make the most of this Navratri fast.
Relevance of Navratri fast according to Ayurveda
Shweta also agrees with the Ayurvedic relevance of fasting and states that it is actually a great way to detox your body for a long time.
He said, “According to Ayurveda, during this time the Pitta dosha accumulates in the body, so fasting is advised to balance our sins. Fasting is an ancient method of detoxing your body, which has been prescribed by Ayurveda. This Navratri fast will help you reboot, recharge and rejuvenate your health. ”
If you are on this Navratri fast, Shweta lists the six things that you should eat.
1. Take liquids in various forms
Hydrate your body. Drink water at regular intervals. In addition, you can include coconut water, herbal tea, smoothies and lemonade along with apple slices to hydrate your body.
2. Opt for healthy snacking
Fasting means eating more breakfast when we feel hungry. So please choose your snacks carefully and try to stick to healthy options like fruits, nuts, almonds, makhanas, Rajgira ladoos or chikki, sweet potato etc.
3. Include buckwheat in your diet
For breakfast, you can have a buckwheat dhokla, peanut porridge, amaranth apple porridge, or buckwheat dosa with peanut sauce. Include buckwheat in your fasting diet. Buckwheat is a superfood high in good quality protein, magnesium, vitamin B6, dietary fiber, iron, niacin (vitamin B3), thiamine (vitamin B1) and zinc.
4. Sweet potato is a better option than potato
Sweet potato is also one of the best options for fasting. It is best to eat this food after boiling it. Apart from this, you can enjoy sweet potato chaat, sweet potato kebab and sweet potato vegetable.
5. Include samai millet
Samai is a type of millet that is high on calcium, potassium, phosphorus and amino acids, excluding lysine. Try samhai khichdi with tomato kadhi, sweet potato curry or peanut kadhi, samai lentils, samai ki vegetable upma, samhai rice poha with samhai khichdi.
For dinner, you can choose samai khichdi with tomato kadhi, kandha chilli with peanut chutney, and samai pulao with tomato raita.
6. Do not skip lunch, take Rajgira instead
For lunch you can eat paneer barfi, a glass of lassi, raw banana kebabs with peanut sauce, or Rajgira bread with pumpkin vegetable.
Here are some things that you should avoid eating during the fast of Navratri
1. Avoid eating too much potato as it will cause gas and acidity.
2. Avoid onion and garlic. They are classified as tamasic in nature. They produce heat in the body.
3. Avoid intake of fried and oily foods. Also do not go for packaged snacks as they are rich in sodium.
4. Use pink salt instead of regular salt. It has many health benefits like regulating water, increasing our energy, and lowering blood pressure.
Dos and donuts for a detox diet on Navratri
1. Eat at regular intervals. Follow the Sun’s circadian rhythm (eat according to the sun)
2. Eat soothing foods such as yogurt, cucumber, and fruit to soothe your stomach.
3. Always hydrate yourself.
4. Choose healthy options whenever possible.
what not to do
1. Do not keep your stomach empty for a long time.
2. Do not eat spicy and oily food, as this will increase the heat in the stomach.
There you go to the ladies, your complete guidance is ready so that you can start your Navratri fast. So, use this guide t and detoxify a happy, healthy and Navratri.