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FOODNOTES - HEALTHY EATING

LAST MINUTES PREPARATION OF HEALTHY EATING IN PUJA SEASON
 
Durga Puja is knocking in the door. We are quite conscious of our health, weight & wellness. So let a quick look at some healthy suggestion from myself, which makes you fit and healthy in this Puja.
Durga Puja is knocking in the door. We are quite conscious of our health, weight & wellness. So let a quick look at some healthy suggestion according to me, which makes you fit and healthy in this Puja.

  • When you leave from home without eating anything, you are likely to eat more as you will hungry. But if you have a small snack or a small meal before you step out, you will eat relativity lesser than usual. So eat a fruit or a healthy sandwich before you go out for Pandel hopping.
  • Leave your home with a small healthy snack in your bag, to avoid eating out.
  • Try to avoid spicy, oily and fried food.
  • Start your meal with a salad packed with vegetables or vegetable soup which helps you feel satisfied sooner.
  • Soft drinks may please your taste-buds but it does a lot of harm to your body. Carbonated drinks are high on unhealthy fats like Trans fats. Try to avoid soft drinks when you fill thirsty, the better choice is coconut water, nimbupaani, fruit juice, curd, lassi, sarbat, chilled water etc.
  • Increase your water intake. Minimum 3-3.5 liter per day.
  • If possible mix some glucose and salt with water which will reduce your tiredness by supplying instant energy in the time of pandal hopping.
  • Try to avoid protein-rich food in lunch and when the weather is too hot. Protein has high SDA value, thus you fill hotter after intake of protein-rich food.
  • Vegetarian menu items usually have more vegetables. Select fruits (like cucumber), rayta as a side dish or dessert.
  • If you already have lunch in a restaurant, try to take dinner in your home with easily digested food.
  • If you already suffering from diabetes, hypertension, CKD then keeps your medicines with you when you are outside the home.
  • Discard alcohol, cigarette, others harmful drug from your life, they will damage your body and mind.
  • Ask for small plates for everyone at the table. It reduces the amount of food intake.
  • Clean your hand properly before and after a meal.
  • Eat Only If You Feel Hungry. Eating food without considering hunger leads to indigestion, bloating, acidity.
  • Avoid drinking cold beverages such as iced tea, cold coffee, aerated drinks, and even chilled water before having your meals as they cause an imbalance in the digestive fire. Hence, it is best to have liquids at room temperature.
  • If you eat fast, you will end up eating more, whereas if you eat slowly, eventually, you will eat less. Thus, you should eat neither too fast nor too slow. Maintain an average speed.
  • Choose water, fat-free or low-fat milk, unsweetened tea, and other drinks without added sugars to complement your meal.
  • Avoid processed foods with artificial colors and preservative.
  • Friends and family may try to force you to eat, but whenever you face such a situation, eat small portions.
  • Make sure you keep a tab on the number of roshogullas or Sandesh you eat. Make sure you do not eat more than one or two. If there is an option, opt for sugar-free sweets.
  • You are likely to be out the entire day during Durga Puja. In order to ration out your meals in a healthy way, make sure you eat the heavy dishes in the morning and keep the lighter ones for the evening. This is because your body will use the fat and energy from them during the day but it will be difficult to digest heavy food as the day progresses.


I think you are ready to celebrate this festival season. Let enjoy, be a foodie but make sure you eat healthy and nutritious food as far as possible. Happy Durga Puja to you. Be happy, stay healthy.

DITI BHATTACHARJEE PAUL
CONSULTANT NUTRITIONIST/DIETICIAN