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Festive Fit
Shikha Sharma, Hindustan Times
November 03, 2012
First Published: 19:46 IST(3/11/2012)
Last Updated: 19:56 IST(3/11/2012)

There are festivities all around and everyone is getting into party mode. That involves tons of socialising, drinking and eating. But there are ways to balance things out. Just chalk out a plan and follow it night after night of partying. The first thing you need to do is count calories. Remember to give your body all essential nutrients.  

Right proportion

The key aspect of eating right is satiety. Make a diet plan that makes you feel full while lowering your calorie intake. Most diets leave you feeling hungry all the time. Just eat low-calorie food that is rich in fibre to feel full for a longer period of time. Opt for:

*White oats upma or dalia with bottle gourd, tomatoes, onions and beans.
*Baked vegetables such as capsicum, cabbage, onions and mushrooms.
*Whole wheat bread, oat bread or whole wheat pasta.
*Kala chana chaat and green moong dal sprout chaat.
*Roasted murmura and chana chaat with cucumber, tomatoes and onions.

Reboot your body: Eat fresh fruit and drink chamomile tea to detoxify your body
Don’t mix these

There are some foods that should not be combined:

*Sugar and alcohol
Combining sugar with alcohol leads to digestive problems because they are both calorie dense. Also, avoid combining fruit juice with alcohol as it increases acidity.

*Fried food and alcohol
Alcohol is high in calories, and when consumed with fried food is plain unhealthy. It leads to weight gain and hyperacidity.

*Fruits and other kinds of food
Sugar in fruits is absorbed faster than the sugars in food, which need more processing time and are tougher to break down.

*Melons with anything
Never combine melon with any food – fruits, vegetables, meat or starch. Melons are basically made of water and get digested immediately. Other fruits like banana take more than an hour to digest. If you combine the two, the melon would rot in your body before it is digested.

Stop binging

Binging is characterised by periods of overeating. You may diet for a long time but if you binge after that, you will gain weight. That is what happens during festivals.

Break binge eating

*Eat three meals a day.
*Eat when hungry. Stop when full.
*Eat any food you want but in controlled portions.
*Learn to manage stress.
*Rate your hunger (both physical hunger and psychological hunger).

The Solution

If you have already binged, start a detox plan. This plan will get rid of the excessive bloating, support the liver and cleanse your intestine. Here’s what you should eat:

*Oats porridge.
*Drink milk with Isabgol to regulate your bowel movement.
*Muesli and yogurt.
*Stir-fried vegetables (with low salt).
*Fresh fruit.
*Drink green and chamomile tea.
*Take triphala, amla or aloe vera juice.

Hydrate yourself

A person should consume approximately two to three litres of fluid every day. Water plays an important role in almost every body function, including:
*Temperature regulation.
*Transportation of oxygen and nutrients through the blood.
*Aids in elimination of waste.
*Gives cells their shape and stability.
 
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