According to Ayurveda, fasting is an effective way to ignite the digestive fire and burn away accumulated toxins from the body. It also eliminates gas, makes the body light and preserves overall health. However, in the name of fasting, many of us end up feasting on high calorie food during the nine days of Navratri. Ayurveda mainly focuses on a Sattvic diet consisting of fruits, milk and preparations made from vegetables to cleanse and detoxify your body. Here are some great tips that help keep your energy levels up while you fast during Navratri:
- Make healthy food choices: Fasting is not an excuse to make up for not having your regular food by consuming on potato chips or other unhealthy snacks. Opt for fruits like apples, guavas and oranges that will keep your energy levels in check. Bananas also provide instant energy so keep some handy.
- Maintain fluid levels: To avoid getting dehydrated drink lots of water, herbal teas, vegetable juices and fruit juices during Navratri. During the fast, avoid food containing more spices or salt and use rock salt so that your body does not become weak during the fast.
- Prevent acidity: Not eating for extended period of time can cause acidity. Keep acidity in check by always having a handful of fruits or nuts to snack on through the day during the fast. It will provide you with energy throughout the day. Mid-day crunchies can keep those hunger pangs at bay.
- Use healthier alternatives: Sugar can be replaced with jaggery or honey. Spices contain antioxidants and are protective foods. They add health and give taste to food and helps in digestion. Jeera(cumin), Elaichi(cardamom) and Dhania(coriander) are known for their carminative action.
- Avoid Oily food: Avoid oily snacks like singhara or other fried snacks. Opting for grilled or baked food items is recommended if you aim to detoxify your body. Fruits and vegetables are healthier options to choose from.
Here’s an interesting Ayurvedic recipe which you can try out this Navratri.
- 1 Cup grated Lauki
- 2 Cups curd
- 1 tsp Cumin(Jeera) powder
- Coriander leaves
- Rock Salt to taste
Method of Preparation:
- Boil the lauki till soft.
- Drain the boiled lauki and let it cool.
- Mix the curd with a hand blender.
- Add lauki and blend well.
- Now add cumin powder, coriander leaves and rock salt. Mix well.
- Keep it in the fridge for an hour and serve it chilled.
Benefits of Lauki Raita
According to Ayurveda, Lauki Raita is supachya, which means it helps in the digestion process and also helps in releasing the digestive enzymes. It is very good for those who have a weak digestive fire. Moreover, it is also a filling and nutritious option for those who observe fast on Navratri.