Festive fast

By on October 19, 2018
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Make Navratri a healthy celebration with these few tips

Navratri is traditionally celebrated twice a year – during spring (vasant) and fall (sharadiya). It was an effective way to prepare the body for the change in seasons by boosting our immunity.

Unlike the fast during the holy month of Ramzan, Navratri fasts are partially restrictive as selected foods are permitted including sabudana, rajgira, wari (upavasache tandul), singhada flour, arrowroot flour, buckwheat (kootu), sanwa millet, makhana, raw banana, potato, sweet potato, yam, bottle gourd (doodhi or lauki), pumpkin (kaddu or bhopla), cucumber, carrot, all fruits, dry fruits, milk and milk products, sugar, jaggery, honey, ghee, groundnut oil and rock salt. These foods are considered to be sattvic, and are believed to help detoxify the body.  

Nutritionally, many of these traditional Navratri foods are high in calories from carbohydrate and fat, but low in proteins. Deep frying increases the calorie content further. So one needs to be conscious of what one eats. Ensure that you fast in a healthy way so that you benefit not only spiritually, but also physically. Here are some tips:

Read the full article in 'Viva Goa' magazine copy.

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