Diwali is popularly known as festival of lights because it brings prosperity and lights up our lives. Not only Diwali but every festival, of all religions, is incomplete without sweets and family dining and sometimes if you end up having more than required. As the festive season is coming up it is important to remember that when you enjoy the moments of celebration and sharing, avoiding fat is merely impossible.
Sweets with loads of ghee, sugar and dairy items (like milk and khova) and fried foods consumed during festivals are full of calories. Thanks to the changing times, we even get caramalized nuts and chocolate fillets with dry fruits 😛 Ain’t it cynical enough to get us demotivated ? Though festivals are loaded with joy and fun, it disturbs diet schedules of many people, especially mine.
The munching options available this season..
As the festive season approaches it is important to remember that while you enjoy every moment of celebration, avoiding calories is not impossible. If you don’t watch your diet it will take away all the hard work you did to get in shape or demotivate you even before you start to think about it.
Moderation is the key to enjoy festive food and still keep the weighing scales in balance. 🙂
Few tips on how you can avoid piling on calories during festivals:
- Low Fat, Low Sugar Products: Make use of ingredients like low fat milk, low sugar products and other dairy products to make sweets and snacks. But also do not use these products extensively under the halo effect of low fat, as these products are ‘low fat’ but not ‘no fat’.
- Less Oil: Cook your food using limited quantity of oil. When you eat oily foods occasionally, you tend to consume more than what you normally consume. Hence eat less even when you eat oily foods occasionally.
- Drink Water: When it is snack time during festivals, drink a glass of water. A glass of water will make your stomach partially full. As a result you will eat less; this will help to minimize the calorie intake. When there is a get together during festivals, you can stick to the habit of eat less and talk more’ 😉 my favorite… 😀
- Be Conscious: Try to be conscious of what you eat during festivals, so that you will have an idea of your food intake. You can make adjustments to your diet later or you can attend an extra workout session. But it is better that you decide in advance how much you will consume during a particular period and stick to it.
- Substitute Sweets & Snacks: When you serve sweets and snacks, add fruits and nuts to the plate. When you just cannot resist the temptation, eat nuts and dry fruits in small quantities to reduce calorie intake.
- Use Smaller Plates: You tend to eat less when you serve yourself in smaller plates. Even small spoons, glasses and bowls are beneficial to avoid unhealthy foods. Avoid second helping as well. This will help in keeping a good control on your portion sizes. This is strictly for your junk food quota, eat a healthy amount of main course to keep you charged up 😉
Enjoy the festive season and also keep in mind that these pointers so that you can get back to shape again without worries.
Last but not the least, my friends always complain that I eat equally good, but I do not gain weight as much as they do. I recently found out the secret, which motivated me to write this. Hope my friend will forgive me after seeing this. Am writing this for her benefit too..
We both hit the same restaurants and eat almost from the same buffet, but check out the differences in her and my choice ….. Rather than writing up generic things, I would like to bring this realistic pic to your view 😉
Am not a salad person, but this one salad I can eat up as a main course. Carrot and Raisins……. I pour some condensed milk instead of dressing to this one, just 3 ingredients and good way to start a meal 🙂
Happy munching, also if you have any yummy items with less sinful ingredients, do share it with me 🙂
If I have been over critical about anything please do forgive moi , am a geek and into a management job, so am good at finding faults 😉 LMAO