Eid ul-Azha is the most celebrated Muslim festival. This festival is celebrated with great pomp and enthusiasm worldwide, with a range of scrumptious delicacies laid down for a feast. People indulge into some yummy treats. However, keeping in mind what your body has been subject to, practicing caution becomes equally important. The important question here is can you resist so much temptation? That may be asking for too much.
While there is nothing wrong in taking those tiny winy bites, over indulgence and excessive consumption of food at once can give your body a grave shock. You might just end up with indigestion and ultimately bloating. Gorging on high calorie foods can lead to a feeling of extreme guilt and not to forget, some unwanted weight gain.
Unfortunately, these are the pitfalls of social gatherings which are an integral part of the auspicious occasion of Eid. While these gatherings are unavoidable, you can surely implement the following tips to make sure that this Eid ul Azha is a happy and healthy one.
1. Walk the talk or exercise around the block
Yes, you heard it right. Going for a walk or working out makes you feel refreshed, relaxed and happy. You must be wondering how? A good walk and exercise routine releases feel good hormones which positively affect your mood and help in managing your appetite. Additionally, these keep diseases at bay and make you feel more energetic. It'll help reduce your guilt as you go digging into that plate of Mutton Biryani or Shahi Korma with Naan on the eve of Eid.
2. Let veggies come first
You must be thinking, why am I asking you to have veggies, that too on Eid, isn't it? Well, yes! The best way to control and reduce your appetite is to eat your veggies first. Veggies are packed with essential nutrients and fiber which would make you feel full so that you can excuse yourself by eating less high calorie and fattening delights. Start your meal with a bowl of salad or stir fry veggies and I am sure your tummy would ask for very little malai kofta or khichri.
3. Exercise portion control
Controlling your portions is of utmost importance when you are at a social gathering and if you wish to keep your weight in check. Piling up food in a plate just because it's an occasion is no excuse to let your diet goals go for a toss. When you go on adding food to your plate, somewhere you are pressurized to eat it all so as not to waste food. Politely refuse a second helping of food, even if it's a relative who urges you towards the table.
The best way you can eat less, is to strike a good chat with your closed ones so that you concentrate more towards the conversation and less on the yummy delicacies. Remember "we have to eat to live and not live to eat."
4. Do not make friends with aerated beverages
While it may seem a great idea to have an aerated drink with your meal on the pretext of digesting the heavy food, the reality is far from what you think. Aerated beverages are loaded with sugar and do not do any good to your body. Rather than gulping down a glass of cold-drink, have a glass of buttermilk with mint leaves in it for better digestion. Buttermilk will not only improve the digestion process but will also help you in eating less.
So, what should you choose? A sugar filled drink or a protein packed liquid. My advice, go for the latter and you will not regret doing the same.
5. Beat the sweet cravings with fruits/dates/figs
Who does not love having a bowl of Shemai or feerni on Eid. It's mandatory, isn't it? Yes, we all crave these lovely sweets and Eid is the only time it's made in such a large quantity with extra ghee, sugar and dry fruits. While no one wants to miss the opportunity of grabbing it them, you can always minimize the consumption.
How? Have a fruit /2 Dates /2 Pieces anjeer before you go ahead with the sweet dish and the natural sugar content in the above would satisfy your sweet tooth to an extent and a few bites of your favorite dessert would be enough for you. Remember, when temptation knocks on your door, find smart ways to tackle it and your body is going to thank you for your decision later.
6. Bid adieu to the table once you're done
The whole idea and aim here is to satisfy your hunger and not to go overboard after looking at the large spread of delicacies. Remember when you are full, it's a cue towards closure. When the tummy is no longer ready to accommodate food, it sends signals to your brain so that you no longer stuff yourself.
Pay heed to what your body is trying to tell you and gently assert that you have indeed enjoyed the meal and have eaten your share of Eid delights. Once you are done, leave the table, don't linger around.
In the end spread love on the auspicious day of Eid and don't forget to share some happiness with the poor and needy.
Huda Shaikh is a Mumbai based clinical
nutritionist and dietician
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