If you plan to fast this Navratri ensure that it is done the healthy way. The perception that substituting roti (carbohydrates) with endless servings of vrat ka khana, characterized by fired potatoes, sabudana papads, crispies, sweets etc. will help in losing weight is a myth.
Apart from eating wrong stuff, another common crime is "not eating at all". The greed of knocking down a few kilos, results usually in one big meal in the evening, which is an absolute no-no. It is a threat to metabolism and in return you only get fat, a bloating feeling and constipation.
Navratri food is generally starchy and needs a lot of oil to be cooked, which leads to constipation, since the body is not used to so much of starch. So the solution lies in changing the way you cook.
For instance, potato can be mashed to eat rather than fried. This can help detoxification, cleanse mind and will leave a great feeling! How to make fasting healthier?
Combine high carb foods like potatoes and sabudana with vegetables rich in fiber like spinach, cabbage, tomatoes, capsicum, bottle gourd etc.
Make Amaranth porridge with milk (skimmed) or cook it as namkeen dalia with lots of vegetables in it. It's the best source of protein.
Prepare kuttu chapatis instead of gorging on puris.
Curb those evil sugar cravings by eating a lot of fruits (apple, banana, pomegranate), raita and dates.
Don't binge on namkeen packets, sold in market in different varieties, as they are high in salt and fat content.
Opt for roasted makhanas, mix of nuts (almonds/raisins/walnuts), baked chips, roasted peanuts etc.
Drink plenty of water. Remain hydrated with water in different forms like soups, coconut water, buttermilk, lemon water and fruit shakes.
Diet plan for Navratri
Breakfast -- Fruits with milk / fruits shake with 5-6 soaked almonds and walnuts.
Mid Morning – lemon water / coconut water with fruits.
Lunch – Grilled sabudana vadas with mint chutney or Kuttu chapathi with raita and bottle gourd or Baked sabudana tikkis / khichdi with curd or Samak rice with curd / paneer tikka with vegetables and salad.
Evening – Milk / green tea without sugar and fruits or Pumpkin / bottle gourd soup
Dinner – Milk with fruits/a bowl of vegetable and salad.
The whole structure of Navratri fasting supports the idea of a healthy lifestyle, and if followed properly, it's a good detox programme. Make sure your navratri thali has a little of every dish so that you get all the goodness from satvik ingredients and have lots of water without which this nine day detox will be incomplete.
May this navratri bring joy, health and wealth to you!!