Contributed by: Priyaish Srivastava
It’s that time of year again when we party, have fun, and enjoy our days with loved ones more than any other time. YAY! It’s festival season. With Dussehra and Diwali around the corner, these auspicious days are full of excitement and happiness, but also the time when we neglect our daily commitment to our overall wellbeing, i.e. exercise, diet and an adequate sleep cycle, just to name a few. We are not? We definitely do.
Health should be our top priority at all times, especially during the Christmas season. Although the season is full of immense joy, the festival can, without inhibition, hinder joy by harming our bodies. Such a scenario can occur due to:
- Consuming too many sweets, high fat foods, or fried foods that are normally made in every Indian household during festivals
- Eating without following a specific schedule
- Not drinking enough water
- Not following a healthy lifestyle
If your festive lifestyle includes such habits, it can potentially lead to health complications such as gas, belching, indigestion, acid reflux, and even symptoms of diabetes from excessive sweet consumption.
To avoid the occurrence of such obstacles during your celebrations, we bring you the 8 most important tips to help you stay healthy and enjoy the festivities to the fullest.
Top 8 Tips for a Healthy Body During Festivals
Start your day with exercise
Staying physically active is hugely beneficial to everyone’s health. During festivals, food intake (especially sweet and fried foods) increases and causes stomach upset. Starting the day with exercise can improve digestion, reduce the chance of discomfort from an upset stomach, and increase the ability to stay active throughout the day.
Add more fruits and vegetables to the diet
During the festival season, the foods we eat are mostly oily, fried, and high in calories. Fruits and vegetables, especially seasonal fruits, are high in nutrients like fiber, vitamins, minerals, zinc, magnesium, etc., and including them in your diet is a great way to reduce the side effects of celebratory meals. A healthy breakfast is also critical to the overall well-being of the body. Don’t skip it because breakfast is the most important meal of the day.
Drink more water
Drinking water will help you stay hydrated and flush out the toxins. Since the intake of unhealthy foods is high during the festivities, make sure that every family member drinks enough water. The addition of lemons and mint leaves gives the water taste and supports detoxification.
Check the food portions
The mood during the Christmas season is solemn, which makes it difficult to avoid sweets and overeating. In order to protect the general well-being and to enjoy the festive goodies, one must always try to control the intake and avoid eating food during the festivities.
Visiting relatives during festivals is also very common, where several delicious dishes are waiting for you. To avoid negative health effects of festive foods, it is important to control the amount of food we consume. Eat small portions and enjoy the delicacies.
Eat before you leave
Visiting friends and relatives for lunch or dinner is a common ritual during festivals when the availability of sweets and savory snacks is high. It is advisable not to leave the house on an empty stomach. Eating a healthy snack before going out reduces hunger and the likelihood of overeating.
Health surveillance is important for everyone, and since overeating and unhealthy food intake are likely to occur during festivals, steps to acknowledge changes in body function become vital. If a person has an illness such as diabetes, blood pressure, breathing problems, or other ailments, they should make sure they are not skipping any medication and are continuously monitoring their health.
Avoid eating late at night
Celebratory moods and conversations with friends or family often lead to delays in eating, especially at night. This can affect the digestive process and lead to acid reflux and weight gain. Be sure to stick to the meal times. It only takes a few minutes and will keep you fit for the festivities.
Maintain sleep rhythm
The excitement of the festival season can disrupt sleep and lead to sleep deprivation due to long nights of partying. The condition can negatively affect the digestive, respiratory, cardiovascular, and endocrine systems, as well as various other functions. To avoid developing such discomfort, try to get at least seven hours of uninterrupted sleep every night.
The festival season is full of excitement, happiness and various goodies. But so that your health is not neglected during this time and the festival atmosphere remains undisturbed, following the tips mentioned above can be very helpful. If any person with health complications develops any changes in condition or symptoms, they should see a doctor immediately and undergo an examination at the earliest. It’s also best to have regular checkups to make sure your health is in optimal condition and to take preventative measures if concerns arise.
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