Finally Diwali is upon us and all of us are being inundated by calorie laden sweets, fried snacks and namkeens, tea/coffee and coke (shudder) multiple times a day. And the season has begun. From now until the end of the year you will be invited to numerous parties and get togethers and the main theme of these (specially in North India) is food. I don’t believe in deprivation. That’s does more harm than good. Here are a few tips that are tried and tested (and don’t include deprivation).
- Don’t have sugar in tea/coffee. Not even a little bit. Since you’ll be gorging on mithai and chocolate, try and cut out the added sugar in any way that you can. Switch to herbal teas. Not only are these lower in calories, but they also prevent the onset of colds and allergies, an important thing to consider during the onset of the winter.
- Increase your water intake. So every time you help yourself to a piece of mithai, grab a tall glass of water as well. Increased water intake will also help keep your hunger pangs an check.
- EXERCISE. This is non-negotiable. The first thing you must do before the day gets in the way is 20 Surya Namaskars.
- Share your treats. Yes, even the most delectable, custom made, piece-of-heaven delights. Share them. Lower your calorie intake and earn goodwill from those around you.
- Lastly, I just want to reiterate something that I’ve already spoken about: Choose your indulgences wisely. I’ll have chocolate (preferably dark), but I won’t touch laddoos.
Also, spare a thought for the environment. Burn calories, not crackers!