Karvachauth is a one-day celebration where Indian women fast from sunrise to moon-rise for their spouses. Traditionally the festival is celebrated by married women for the safety and longevity of their husbands. But in today’s world, it is an occasion to celebrated love among the couple. Here are some healthy tips from Dietitian Jasleen Kaur.
-Early morning before sunrise- Start your day with fruit like pomegranate or banana with dry fruits like almonds, walnuts, dates or fig.
-To avoid developing acidity and gas, make sure your meal is low-fat and is not too heavy on the stomach. Add a lightly sugared sweet as this will avoid the hunger pangs later in the day and provide energy for rest of the day.
-Adding coconut water or lemon juice instead of plain water will add essential electrolytes.
-Avoid consuming too much tea or coffee.
– Post fasting- Adding some protein-rich food would be a good idea.
Avoid eating too sweet and fried foods immediately after the fast. A balanced meal along with some celebratory food to enjoy your evening is the best way to go.
A complete meal would ideally include vegetables, curds, whole grains in the form of chapatis, some rice with pulses and some sweet.
Also, ask for some additional help from your spouse. Pregnant women are suggested to consult their doctor.
Dietician Jasleen Kaur