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How to eat right on Holi

Colour. food. Drinks. Music. This is the day for pure indulgence. You may avoid sweets normally, but no one can resist gujiya or thandai on Holi. However, you must know where to draw the line. So, here are tips on how to right this festival.

health and fitness Updated: Mar 20, 2011 00:37 IST

Colour. food. Drinks. Music. This is the day for pure indulgence. You may avoid sweets normally, but no one can resist gujiya or thandai on Holi. However, you must know where to draw the line. So, here are tips on how to right this festival.



1 Water intake: Increase your water intake and roasted

namkeen

s to curb your appetite. Before eating snacks, remember to drink water to bring in the feeling of fullness.



2 Stay away: Try to stay away from drinks such as

bhang

laced

thandai

and other alcoholic beverages and cold drinks. Instead, have some natural refreshing drink like lemon juice, coconut water, or some other fruit juice.



3 For the sweet tooth: If you are making sweets yourself, use low fat ingredients — like low fat milk etc. Use natural sweeteners like honey and dates to make sweets and avoid using refined sugar or artificial sweeteners.



4 Go low on sweets: If someone serves fruits along with sweets, try to take more fruits in your plate. A couple of sweets is fine but do not overeat.



5 Stay active: Do not sleep after you have gorged on such fatty and rich food items. Go to a park in the evening for a whiff of fresh air, take a walk, meet friends, jog or even cycle. Resting will make you lethrgic and increase the ill-effects of fatty stuff you have consumed.



(With inputs from Dr Simran Saini, Fortis Hospital)