- Most festivals in
India are closely related to
food and the celebration is incomplete without tasty treats.
- Detoxifying the
body with a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fresh juices and infused
water can help eliminate toxins from the body.
- Restarting your exercise routine and practicing yoga can increase metabolic
rate and normalize digestion.
Festival Of LightsDiwali
, the much
awaited and widely celebrated festival in India revolves around lights,
firecrackers and food; especially sweets. Most festivals in India are
closely related to food and the celebration is incomplete without tasty treats.
Sweets are the main highlights of Diwali. Made with sugar, condensed milk, ghee
and nuts, these sweets can easily add on the pounds.
How do we
deal with this? Striking a balance between what we eat during the festive and
after the celebration is over can actually make a difference. In other words,
following simple practices that can detox your body from all the sugar and fat
that has settled in the body may help from keeping you away in climbing up the
- Get back to the exercise regimen
- Practice those yoga poses that can help
beat the fat
steps are not something new, nor are they very hard to do. They hold
good for almost any situation, however following them is not
easy for some of us. Exercise, yoga and eating healthy have been the talk of
the town for more than a decade now. However, we dont seem to follow them. One possible reason could be the intention with which we begin to start a diet or an exercise
regimen. Let's find out how we can get back on track after the festivals.
means to eliminate toxins from the body. This is a natural way to remove the
accumulated harmful substances that exert undesirable effects on individual's
health. Detoxification is done with the help of saunas, massages, colonic
irrigation, bowel enemas,
let us focus on diet.
‘Exposure to smoke from fire crackers, pollution due to the heavy traffic during the Diwali festival and snacking on fried snacks and sweets can build up toxins in the body.’
The idea is
to eat pure and natural foods that can make you feel fresh, energetic and help
you get rid of all the sluggishness. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, water
and totally eliminating processed food in the form of snacks, soft drinks, ice
cream, chocolates can help in weight loss.
Too much of
sugar in the form of sweets and including fried snacks with added salt during
Diwali can end up in an accumulation of toxins. Since the organs in the body
digest and detoxify them, supporting the body with a healthy diet can help stay
Detoxify with Food?
- Start the day with half a lime squeezed
in a glass of warm water or herb tea. This will help the body to kick start the
- Drink at least 8 glasses of water every
day; which would be 3 - 4 glasses every hour. Water is the best medium to flush
out toxins from the body.
- Start the first meal with raw fruits or
- Include fresh fruits or vegetables with
- Alternate fried snacks, biscuits, chips
with seeds, nuts like almonds, walnuts or grams like roasted Bengal gram, peanuts. They are packed with protein and minerals.
- Drink infused water.
Get Back To
the Exercise Regimen
It is true
that as the festive season begins, many of us tend to forego the usual workout
time. We are either busy with shopping, planning for the festival, the usual
routine at work or taking rest.
are totally unintentional,
however, they do spoil our habit of working out every day. Now that the
festival is done, let's get back to what we used to do. Exercise
can be most effective when it is done in
the morning. The fresh air can make the body feel light and energetic
throughout the day. Running, cycling, brisk walking are some few ways to pump
up the heart rate and to get the fat burning.
For those who
easily get bored of doing a workout, playing your favorite sport can help.
Tennis, football, shuttle badminton and cricket are high calorie
burning sports. You can choose to play them at least twice a week for better
that can Help Beat the Fat Yoga
, though it was closely related to
medication is now popular for its effect on health. Yoga helps the body to
relax, become more flexible and also aids in weight loss. Though there are no
special exercises, practicing yoga can help in cleansing the body. Yoga helps
in digestion, especially after all those heavy meals and constant snacking.
Some of the
yoga poses that can increase the metabolic rate and help in weight loss are:
This exercise is done with the
feet apart, arms extended at shoulder level. Inhale and raise your right arm by
the side of your head. Bend your right arm, exhaling towards the left side by
keeping your body weight equally on both the feet.
ankles and big toes touching the ground, take a kneeling position. Sit on the
heels and place your hands on the knees with the spine in an erect position.
Take a deep breath and draw the abdominal region inside and expand the chest.
pose is done in a relaxed position focusing the abdomen muscles. The abdominal
muscles are pulled in by taking a deep breath and while breathing out, the
muscles are relaxed. This exercise helps mobilize the abdomen muscles and aids
a breathing exercise that helps the body to relax. The exercise is done by
sitting straight. Take a deep breath and exhale quickly making a puffing sound
as you exhale.
The Body To Refresh:
smoke from firecrackers, pollution due to the heavy traffic during the festival
and snacking on fired snacks and sweets can build up toxins in the body.
these toxins are crucial as they can cause bloating,
sinus congestion, indigestion, fatigue, insomnia, irritability, dull
skin, headache, joint pain, weight gain, constipation, lowered
immunity, cellulite formation and a general lack of well-being.
simple steps of a detox diet, restarting your exercise regime
and yoga can
- Remove toxins from the body
Boost energy levels
- Help in weight loss
- Make you feel healthier
- Diwali : The Festival of Lights - (http://magazines.odisha.gov.in/Orissareview/2013/nov/engpdf/19-20.pdf)
- Juliette's 7-Day Detox Plan - (http://www.weightlossresources.co.uk/diet/detox/plan.htm)