Every year, Dussehra and Diwali mark the beginning of the festive season in India. Families and communities come together to celebrate the triumph of good over evil with delicious snacks and scrumptious sweets. When we're surrounded by family, friends and delicious treats, it can be hard for us to keep our resolve and stick to our diets and exercise routines. If you've found yourself struggling to get motivated and kick-start your healthy routine after the holiday season, we're here with a few helpful hacks.
1. Stay Hydrated
Ever since we were in school, we've been told that we need to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day. But, nobody bothers to talk about how and when we should drink water. Ideally, try and drink water before meals instead of after. This serves two purposes. Firstly, it will stop your body from confusing thirst for hunger. Secondly, water fills you up, so you're likely to eat less during mealtimes. But, if you absolutely have to drink water after a meal, try and drink hot or lukewarm water instead of cold water. Adding a few drops of lemon to your water or drinking a glass of coconut water every day will help you keep your body hydrated through the day.
2. Avoid Diets
It may seem really counter-intuitive, but going on a diet when you're feeling bloated and at your worst is actually a really bad idea. This is mainly because we tend to try yo-yo diets or quick-fix diets that are not at all sustainable in the long-term. So, instead of trying to cut carbs out of your diet for 2 weeks to drop weight fast, be mindful about what you're eating all the time. Whenever you have the choice, opt for baked goods instead of fried items and pick fruit instead of dessert.
3. Sleep It Off
Your diets and workouts will have little effect on you if your body isn't properly rested. While celebrating festivals and weddings, we often sleep late and wake up early to get to work on time. Sleeping on time and getting a minimum of 7 hours of good sleep per day is absolutely crucial to your overall health, so it's important that you don't compromise on quality sleep.
4. Make Breakfast a Priority
Irrespective of whether it's the festive season or not, it's a good idea to get into the habit of enjoying a delicious breakfast every morning. Our first meal of the day helps get our metabolism going. Skipping the meal could lead to lethargic days and slower metabolic rates, which can negatively affect our overall health and weight.
Diwali is a time to enjoy ourselves thoroughly without any inhibitions, but that doesn't mean we need to go wild. Relish your favourite snacks and sweets within reason, but don't forget to get into a good routine once the festive season is over to stay fit and healthy.