There are a number of fasts Hindu women keep to sustain the long lives of their loved ones. Karva Chauth, predominantly celebrated by North Indians, is such a fast.
During this festival, married women keep a fast throughout the day for the long and prosperous life of their husbands. After seeing the moon on the Karwa Chauth night, they do the Puja and watch their husband’s face through a sieve. After that, they break their fast by having water and sweets.
Needless to say, fasting all day is definitely not an easy feat. Those who are fasting for the first time or do not fast regularly may find it particularly tougher.
8 Healthy Tips For All Working To Keep Karva Chauth Fast!
Before the fast
– It is suggested that your sargi should comprise of fresh fruits like berries, bananas, oranges, pomegranate, papaya and pears. They are an excellent source of soluble fibre that will keep you full for longer and provide energy throughout the day.
– Eat dried fruits like almonds, cashew and nuts. They are a rich source of protein and other essential fats that will help you stay full for longer.
– Avoid fatty foods and sweets that will make you feel dizzy, thirsty and hungry sooner because they affect your insulin activity.
– Instead of having sugary tea or coffee that can cause dehydration, opt for a refreshing drink of lemon water packed with vitamin C, which will detoxify your blood and boost your immune system.
– Drink plenty of water to keep your body well-hydrated.
– Try not to overeat your last meal before starting the fast – as this will make you hungry faster
After the fast
– If you break your fast with high-calorie foods, it can disrupt your digestive system, leading to constipation and other digestive problems. You must opt for foods that are high in protein and fibre but low in calories. This will not only help your digestive system get back on track but will also boost your weight loss plan as well as help you stay tuned to a healthier, fitter body.
– Break your fast slowly – instead of shocking your system with caffeine-based drinks or fried foods, start with a glass of water, or fresh fruit juice – preferably 50% juice and 50% water to make it easier for the digestive system.
– Eat a few dry fruits – a mixture of almonds, walnuts, raisins and some seeds like flaxseeds, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds to give you the right push. Sip some water again to replenish your fluids and then eat your meal, which should be light containing whole foods like fresh produce. Read – How to use cardamom (elaichi) water for weight loss: 4 ways this Ayurvedic drink can help reduce belly fat
– Include protein-rich foods in your meal that help decrease hunger and induce a feeling of satiation.
– Opt for low glycemic index carbohydrates, such as vegetables, whole grains, beans and legume- perhaps, whole grains in the form of rotis or chapattis, and some rice with pulses or dal are a good option here.
– Avoid fried and fatty foods, alcohol, caffeinated drinks immediately after the fast.
– Make sure that you do not overeat – overeating after fasting is common but can cause severe stomach issues.
– Have a bowl of plain curd after the fast.
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