New Delhi: The festival of holy nine days is here and most of us also rigorously fast during this time. But fasting during Navaratri could be taxing and can leave you with lack of stamina and low blood sugar levels. And just in case you are expecting a baby or are a bit old then, no body will even let you think about fasting and that too for the entire 9-day period.
But worry not, here are some great tips that will not only help you in keeping your spirits high in those nine days, but will also nourish your body and mind... That too at the same time! Just read on to know more...
Navaratri fasting tips for elderly women
Being a bit old in age, it's quite taxing to fast during this period. As the body doesn't allow, one to keep up with the new schedule easily. Most of the women who stay at home tend to ignore their health and eating habits. But it is always important to consider your health, because fasts are only meant to cleanse your body, mind and soul. It could be way of thanking God but ignoring health is never the right option. Since old age brings health issues with so before going for any fasting ritual, one should always consider the doctor and should go ahead only after a proper consultation.
One can include kheer/milkshake/coconut water/buttermilk along with green tea and juices in their diet routine. Fruit yogurts, fruits and vegetable salads with fresh lime will keep body hydrated. Taking right amount of carbohydrates, proteins and fats in your meals will keep your Blood Sugar levels balanced and you can happily please God.
Navaratri fasting tips pregnant women
In an average Indian household fasting is never an option for pregnant ladies. Even skipping one time meal is a complete no no, in such a situation, it would be like dropping a bomb, if one considers fasting during Navartari. But since it's a natural process and ever pregnancy being different, ones who are having a healthy pregnancy can consult their doctor, if they plan to fast at all. But even before consulting your doctor read this:
Fasting is only safe during second trimester, so if you are in the first or third trimester, then drop the fasting plan. Rules of the game remain the same like regular days. Never consider extreme fasting plans, just think practically - your fetus depends on your diet, so it is important to have a proper diet.
Eat fresh fruits, curd and edibles to energise your body and keep fatigue and anaemia at bay. Eating small meals after every two hours is the golden rule, which should be followed rigorously. Don't gorge on potatoes and snack on healthy stuff instead.
Navaratri fasting tips working women
Driving office and house simultaneously could be taxing for the ladies who are on the go. Always remember health is first so avoid any stressful situations are they defy the purpose of fasting. And also not fast just because your colleagues in office are fasting, it's not a fad but an individual's choice. Stay away from high calorie foods and more fruits, fresh vegetables, curd and milk in your diet.
In fruits apples, guava, papaya and banana can be taken to energise your body and keep you fit for long hours. Don't forget to take beverages like - green tea, buttermilk, a lot of water, coconut water or juices to keep your body hydrated.