The auspicious 9 days festival literally means Navratri in Sanskrit which is celebrated in the month of Chaitra, is considered to be the first month in the Hindu calendar. This festival is celebrated with the signature fast by the devotees. Every festival in India has its own scientific significance to be celebrated at a particular time with well-designed rituals.
Chaitra Navratri, it is a time for seasonal transition, which puts your body to suffer in different ways and also weakens the immunity. In such a situation, fasting helps your body to pass through this scenario smoothly.
Fasting can sometimes be overwhelming especially if you are a foodie. But considering its magnificence to your health, this can be done stress less and effectively. Below steps can be a detailed guide for your fasting journey.
Keep yourself hydrated
You can have watery foods which can keep you hydrated throughout the day. Hydrated foods also keep you energetic and prevent dehydration. As you have changed your eating patterns, there are chances you can feel weak and there are a lot of chances of dehydration. Coconut water and fruit juices are the best sources of nutrition. Also, you can have the water bottle/ sipper beside you. Beverages are also the best way to fill your tummy. But don’t go overboard with Tea and Coffee as excessive caffeine will lead to dehydration.
Don’t be over-friendly with Snacks
The most attractive part of this festival is its mouth-watering snacks. But you don’t get yourself taken away by its flavor and taste. It may harm your body anyways. The best way to have these delicious buddies is by reducing their portions. You can have a little portion to fulfill your taste buds cravings but should avoid having it in excess.
Choose healthy foods
Fasting gives you the best opportunity to choose and eat your healthy food. You should include more green leafy vegetables, millet, buckwheat flour and superfoods like makhana in your diet. Nuts are also a healthy option and will keep you full for a longer time. Avoid sugary foods like chocolates or cookies.
Work out and sleep tight
As you fast, your body is undergoing a detox. So, it is imperative that you give it adequate rest in the form of sleep. Try to get 7-8 hours of sleep during the fasting period in order to keep yourself fresh and relaxed.
If you are fasting for the first time, remember to take things slow. Allow your body to understand and adjust to the changes that you are putting it through. You can opt for easier versions of the fast where one is allowed to consume fruits and milk.