Diwali is a festival of lights, happiness, a lot of sweets, and tasty snacks. 

Perhaps, in pre-COVID times, you did not have to worry about post- Diwali detox or weight loss like today. This could be largely because you did not have to restrict your daily activities like everyone does today while you spend the majority of your time working from home (a desk job), which may have led to a sedentary lifestyle. 

This lack of physical activity, stress, and all that binge eating during the festive season can result in weight gain, bloating, indigestion, constipation, etc. 

Here are some do’s and don'ts for detoxification post this festive season. 

10 Tips to Detox Post Diwali

1) Keep yourself hydrated: Drink plenty of water (8-9 glasses of water) which will help flush out toxins through urine and sweat. 

You could also add coconut water, lime water, and vegetable soup to your diet.

2) Consume a fibre-rich diet: Include more fruits and green vegetables in your diet. Eat small and frequent meals. 

Do not skip any meal, especially breakfast and avoid deep-fried foods. Alternatively, you could roast/steam/grill or boil your vegetables. 

3) Shift to easily digestible foods: Eat complex carbs (such as whole grains, brown rice, oats, etc.), lean protein (like sprouts, skimmed milk, low-fat yoghurt, nuts, lean chicken, fish, etc.) and healthy fats like omega-3 (walnuts, flax seeds, fish, olive oil, etc).

4) Opt for detox drinks: Add 1 to 2 cups of green tea to your diet. It is high in antioxidants, hence great for your hair, skin and health.

5) Exercise regularly: Get back onto your exercise schedule slowly and steadily. Do not rush to your top form immediately. 

Start with a daily routine of low-intensity exercises such as walking, cycling, swimming, etc., for about 30 to 45 minutes. You must sweat it out for your body to flush out toxins all on its own.

6) Sleep well: Get enough sleep. Do not stress. Try yoga to de-stress yourself.

7) Limit salty, sugary, and processed foods: These are loaded with fat, sugar, hydrogenated oils, salt, and a large number of calories. 

Since you have gorged enough on salty and sugary foods during the festivities, it is best to cut them off from your daily diet and get back to eating a healthy, balanced diet. 

9) Avoid meat: Give your digestive system a break, as meat and processed foods are difficult to digest and put a lot of pressure on your digestive system. 

10) Adopt healthy habits: Say no to alcohol, carbonated drinks/soda, desserts, and smoking. 

It is time to detox and say bye to indulgence before yet another celebration kicks in! Stay fit and stay healthy!

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