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Karva Chauth 2017 – Diet tips to observe the fast in a healthy way

Karva Chauth 2017
Diet tips to observe the fast in a healthy way

In India, traditions not only signify the culture, but they also bring together the whole family for the celebration. And Indian culture and fasting go hand in hand. Various types of fasts are observed at a different time of the year. One such fast famous among them is "Karva Chauth".

What is Karva Chauth?

The Karva refers to an earthen pot with a spout, which is a symbol of peace and prosperity and Chauth means 4th day. Karva Chauth is celebrated on the 4th day of Krishna Paksha of Kartik month. On this day, women fast as a penance for the husband's long and healthy life. It is one of the most difficult fasts where women eat only before sunrise and break the fast only after seeing the moon. Not even a single drop of water is consumed throughout the day.

Looking at the difficulty level of the fast, it is hard to bear with it, especially when women today go out and work. The day-long fast can make you uncomfortable, leading to issues such as acidity, nausea, low blood pressure, fainting, hot flushes or no energy at all. So, this year we bring you some tips to keep your energy bank full and help you survive through the day.

Sargi

Traditionally, Karva Chauth begins with eating Sargi very early in the morning, before sunrise. The Sargi consists of a variety of food, including salted vegetables, flatbreads, fruits, nuts, dry-fruits and sweets. As you cannot consume even a drop of water till the moon appears, you must be sure to fill up your stomach with Sargi food.

  • In veggies, swap potato with cottage cheese. This will provide you with proteins along with the carbohydrates. You can go for paneer paratha or even raw cottage cheese with whole grain roti.
  • Empty stomach tends to get acidic and having a heavy meal before the fast wouldn't help. So, save yourself from acidity and gas by making sure your meal is low-fat and not too heavy on the stomach.
  • To avoid hunger pangs later in the day, don't eat too sugary sweets. Eating less sugary sweets will cut down on empty calories and help fill your stomach.
  • Fruits like pomegranate, apple, papaya are the richest source of fibre and energy. So, have at least one fruit during Sargi.
  • Consume nuts such as almonds, walnuts, dates or figs etc. and seeds like chia seeds, flaxseeds, and pumpkin seeds etc. They are rich in protein and adds a concentrated source of energy, keeping you satiated for the entire day.
  • Having coconut water or any other healthy juices instead of plain water will add essential electrolytes and help you stay hydrated.
  • Avoid eating fried food items in the morning as these are heavy. Cutting down on these foods will help avoid unnecessary stress on your digestive system.
  • Drink around 2-3 glasses of lukewarm water to keep yourself hydrated.

During the fast

  • Keep yourself busy to avoid thinking about food. However, do not indulge in activities that require energy.
  • Some women prefer to fast with modifications like sipping on some water, tea or coffee. Some also have fruits and dry fruits at intervals through the day. If you are fasting this way, keep dry fruits, fresh fruit juices and coconut water for consuming later in the day when you feel the need and not in the early morning i.e during Sargi.
  • Avoid too much tea and coffee as it can lead to acidity.

Breaking the fast

  • When the fast ends, don't binge on the oily or fried food as the stomach's acidity is high due to lack of water or food all day. Start by sipping on water or healthy juices to hydrate yourself first, followed by some protein-rich food.
  • You should aim at having a balanced diet with some special celebratory food. Try including vegetables, cottage cheese, curds and whole grains in the form of chapatis, rice and dal.
  • For those with a sweet tooth, you can opt for homemade kulfi or a small piece of dark chocolate.
  • Have lemonade after your meal to ease digestion.
  • Do not drink tea as it can aggravate acidity.

Precautions

  • If you are suffering from a condition like diabetes, low blood pressure or low Hb levels, then it is not advisable to observe the fast in a traditional way. Avoid the fast if you are pregnant or lactating.
  • If you feel any discomfort, consult a doctor immediately. Don't try to fast in extreme ways without consulting your physician.

Enjoy the festival and fast in a healthy way with these tips. Wish you a very happy Karva Chauth.

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