Contributed by Harleen kaur
Once more, it’s that time of year when we rejoice and celebrate a nine-day festival worshipping Maa Durga that starts on the 26th of September with complete joy and enthusiasm. People who are thinking about keeping a fast have already begun making preparations, from assembling the puja samagri to purchasing food items that are appropriate for the vrat to eat throughout the fasting days.
On the auspicious first day of the Navratris, people rise early, take a bath, and offer prayers to the Goddess. Welcoming Goddess Durga to take shelter in their homes, with love and joy.
However, if you are fasting, you should keep some important things in mind which we will read about in this blog. At the outset, it’s important to drink enough water and eat nutritious fasting meals to keep yourself healthy and energetic. Detoxification can also happen when fasting, but only if it’s done healthfully.
Navratri, which marks the start of winter, occurs more often between September to October months. As these months are the heralds of winter, your immune system is likely to be weakened during this time, making you more vulnerable to illnesses.
So, here we are helping you with some must-to-do tips to keep in mind while having fun during the festivities.
Keep yourself hydrated
Whether one is fasting or not, hydration must be tracked at all times. A healthy body needs adequate water to function properly. Hydrating beverages like coconut water, milk, and fruit juices help take care of your nutrition. However some of these beverages may be restricted during fasting, so you are urged to exercise an informed choice.
Furthermore, buttermilk, green tea, and lemon water can be options you can opt for. It is advised to avoid beverages like coffee and tea that might dehydrate you while fasting and affect your digestive system.
Getting enough sleep is important because fasting can be physically draining for your body. Additionally, adequately sleep will help you to avoid headaches and dizziness.
It’s recommended to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep. Try to completely detox your body, relax and engage your mind in some mindful meditation.
During these periods of fasting, you are allowed to consume all fruits including dry fruits. Therefore, this is the best time to eat seasonal fruits like bananas, papaya, muskmelon, and apples which can also give you a lot of energy. Additionally, you can prepare a fruit salad or can have a bowl of yoghurt with some fruits.
Avoid oily food
When you are fasting, it may be tempting to consume fried fasting foods, but it is best to avoid them because they can make you feel tired and bloated while consuming more fruits and nuts will keep you active and agile the whole day.
Festivals are exciting and enjoyable. You can interact with friends, meet new people, go to musical performances, and generally have a great time. Maintaining your health and well-being throughout all the chaos might be a little challenging.
Be kind to yourself because fasting is an important part of the Navratri festival. Surround yourself with positive vibes and energy that will help you enjoy the festival to the fullest.
Eating well, staying hydrated, practising daily meditation, and indulging in happy activities can prove to be a few of the good habits you can adopt during this Navratri.
Go ahead and make your Navratri healthier this year!