Diwali, the festival of light, is here. It symbolizes the victory of light over darkness and good over evil. People celebrate Diwali, which is the most anticipated festival of India, by cleaning the house, lighting oil lamps, decorating the house, wearing new cloths and of course, eating and distributing sweets. This is the time for indulgence. With many parties and gatherings to attend, you tend to over eat. The delicacies prepared for the festival are usually loaded with calories and this can lead to health issues. Nutritionist Ritika Samaddar from Delhi says, “It is a well-known fact that over-indulgence in unhealthy foods is common place during Diwali. However, incorporating small changes in our diets can go a long way to ensure we are healthier and more active during this festive period. One simple yet necessary alteration one can make to their Diwali diet is the substitution of unhealthy snacks with something that is nutritious and helps you feel full in between meals. Nuts such as almonds are perfect for the job. They are a natural source of 15 nutrients such as vitamin E, dietary fiber, protein, riboflavin, calcium etc., and have satiating properties that promote feelings of fullness, that can help curb the in-between meal hunger pangs, and keep you from reaching for the tempting empty calories that surround you this time of the year”. Here are some more tips to stay healthy during this festive season. (ALSO READ Diwali 2017: 5 Tips for Asthma Patients to Stay Healthy During Diwali).

1. Eat moderately

As you know, Diwali sweets are made of pure ghee or clarified butter, sugar and different types of dry fruits. They are loaded with calories. So, try to control the amount of sweets and snack you eat during the festival. Not just sweet, eat limited quantities of chutney, papad and other savory items.

2. Do not eat store bought food

Try to make sweets and snacks at home as you will be able to limit the amount of sugar and ghee that goes into these food items. You can also replace salt and sugar with healthier options and add natural color and flavors.

3. Don’t eat snacks for breakfast

It is a usual practice to have the Diwali snacks as breakfast and kids love it. However, it is important to have a healthy, wholesome breakfast. Include fresh fruits and vegetables in your breakfast to stay healthy.

4. Drink water

One of the most important things is to stay hydrated. Drink about 10 to 12 glass of water in a day. Drink more if you are eating oily food. This will help you avoid all those pimples you get after Diwali.

5. Stay away from smoke

You need to stay away from smoke and crackers to avoid respiratory problems. It is especially important to avoid smoke if you are asthma patient. Wear a mask if you think you cannot avoid it and keep your medication close by.

Enjoy the festival but moderation is the key when it comes to food and drinks. Happy Diwali!