Navratri fast: If you are diabetic, follow these precautions and tips on what to eat
Navratri celebrations are currently in full swing. The festival is celebrated differently in various parts of the Indian continent. Fasting during Navratri is considered sacred and it is done to propitiate Goddess Durga and to seek her blessings. Apart from the religious aspect of it, it helps purify the body through flushing out excess toxins.
However, diabetic patients, who wish to keep fast, must take special care. Dr Pankaj Aggarwal, senior homeopathy physician from Agrawal Homeo Clinic shares some tips to control diabetes in Navaratri:
- For diabetic patients, it is not advisable to take long breaks. In fact, you should take some food after short durations. By doing so, you’ll be maintaining your blood glucose levels.
- It is recommended that you check your blood sugar levels a few times during the day. Fast should also be broken if blood sugar is less than 70 mg per percentage in the first few hours after the start of the fast.
- Diabetic patients could have slow absorbing foods, which have low glycemic index, before you begin the fast. These types of food keep your blood glucose level more even during the course of the fast.
- During the course of the fast, if you feel less energetic, avoid resorting to too much intake of tea or coffee. Rather, drink plenty of water and sugar free beverages like lemonade, coconut water, buttermilk etc throughout the day.
- Diabetic patients should eat these foods during the fast - roasted phool makhana, roasted peanuts, paneer, water chestnuts (singhara), pumpkin raita, kheera raita. Amaranth flour can be used for making chapati. Potato should not be consumed.
- Diabetic patients who are taking insulin may have to adjust the dose of their insulin as the requirement of insulin may reduce upto 4%.
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