Navratra 2021: Fasting for the first time? Here are some tips to help you to stay healthy

An integral part of Navratra still remains where devotees observe fasts on all nine days to pay respects to Maa Durga

Goddess Durga temples are filled with devotees tapping their feet at dandiya and garba nights which is also an opportunity to get together and seek blessings of Maa Durga.
It’s the festive time of the year and, like most other festivals, Navratra celebrations have been cut down, amidst the speculations of the third wave of Covid-19 pandemic that means no big pandals or large gatherings.
Although, an integral part of Navratra still remains where devotees observe fasts on all nine days to pay respects to Maa Durga.
If you happen to be fasting for the first-time and are feeling kind of anxious on your decision already, so here are several tips that may glide you through.
1. Go easy on yourself : If you are a first timer, try not to opt for stricter fasting or 'nirjala vrat' where a person do not even consume a drop of water until the fast is over. While others go for phalahar vrat where you can have light items such as fruits and milk.
2 . Keep yourself hydrated : When you fast, there are number on restrictions on what you can eat and drink. So, make sure you keep yourself hydrated throughout the day with water, coconut water, milk and fruit juices. And, avoid yourself from drinking too much tea or coffee.
3. Nuts for snack and energy: Nuts like  almonds, walnuts, raisins, etc, are really good option for snacking as well as for energy.
4. Go easy on sugar : Devotees often tends to crave for something sweet, and especially while fasting. Therefore, it is important to make sure that we don’t overdo sugar-rich foods instead opt for healthier options instead.
5. Pick right vrat food : The right kind of vrat ingredients for your fasting includes kuttu, sabudana and makhanas which are Navratri superfoods and are also rich in complex carbs that give you energy.
6. Practice Moderation : You should eat small meals at regular intervals as eating all at once just because you are worried that you may feel hungry soon.
7. Get proper sleep : While keeping a fast, the body undergoes a detox, and thus, the body needs proper rest. Make sure you sleep for eight hours every day while fasting and also try meditation and other exercises to completely detoxify your body, mind and soul.

Nistha Jain

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