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Tips For Having a Safe and Healthy Diwali

Celebrate a Safer, Healthier Diwali

Diwali, popularly known as the festival of lights, is one of India's most widely celebrated festivals. Festive indulgences made during this extravagant holiday can, however, put your body through its paces. Here are a few tips that you can use to celebrate Diwali the healthy way this year.

Avoid Bursting Firecrackers

While the idea of celebrating Diwali without firecrackers can seem like a downer, It is important to be mindful of their effects. Crackers emit toxic pollutants like Sulphur Dioxide and particulate matter that can lead to multiple respiratory disorders.

Gift Responsibly

The gifting of sweets is a time-honoured Diwali tradition. This year, gift your near and dear ones with healthier sweets. Opt for low fat, low sugar gifting alternatives with natural sweetening agents like dry fruits.

Track Your Calories

Diwali can put a break to your diet plans, and that’s okay. Moderation is the key to avoid piling on too much weight during the course of this festival. Keep a modest track of what you consume, remain active, avoid processed food and drink lots of water to stay fit.

Consume From Trusted Sources

Sweets are an integral part of the Diwali experience. Opt for fresh, locally made sweets over packaged FMCG variants that are chock full of sugar, stabilizers and other preservatives.

Avoid Binge Drinking

A Diwali holiday is a good occasion for you to party with your friends and family. This becomes an easy excuse to cut loose and binge on copious amounts of alcohol. It's important to drink responsibly and avoid such binge-drinking (more than 5 drinks in two hours) to avoid its harmful side effects, especially if you have a weak liver.

Have Low Carb Dinners

Had a long day of sweets and rich Diwali food? Give your body some time to digest all that food by having a low fat, low carb dinner. You can do this by having a bowl of fruits or some low-calorie snacks instead of another heavy meal before you go to bed. Remember to also drink lots of water a few hours before bed to regulate your elevated blood sugar levels.

Dr. Sushila Kataria
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