The five festive days of Diwali are long-awaited days as they fill everyone’s heart with joy and fervor. Indulging in high-sugar mithais and fried food is our best way of celebrating this unique festival. But after a continuous feast of five days, most of us get disappointed after mounting on a weighing scale as those extra kilos take a toll on our happiness.
Festivals are a time of indulgence, often featuring rich and calorie-laden dishes but we cannot blame ourselves for this, as this is the season of joy and happiness. While enjoying these treats in moderation is perfectly fine, a post-festival detox is essential to reset your body, eliminate toxins, and regain your energy and well-being.
The joyous celebrations and delectable feasts accompanying festivals like Diwali often leave us feeling bloated and sluggish. Fortunately, a well-structured detox meal plan can help you rejuvenate your body and restore your vitality after indulging in festive treats.
How to Detox Post Diwali
1. Keep Yourself Well Hydrated
Get your water bottles filled with detox drinks. You can simply prepare some detox drinks and store them in your refrigerator. These are as follows –
- Curry leaves + lemon detox drink.
- Strawberry detox drink
- Cucumber + mint and lemon detox drink
- Orange/Malta detox drink
Whenever you feel thirsty, simply go for any one of these detox drinks. Along with quenching your thirst, it also helps in maintaining water-electrolyte balance in your blood. But do prepare these drinks fresh for every day.
Early to bed and early to rise, maintain our body’s circadian rhythm to tune to the right hour. This helps us wake up afresh in the morning and also lands our mind into the alpha stage of thinking, in which we become most creative.
A daily exercise routine does help a lot as compared to a single shot of strenuous exercise for a few hours. One hour of daily exercise must be a part of your daily routine. This does not put a great load on the body’s muscles and also balances any of the high-calorie snacks that you had eaten during the festive season.
A daily thirty minutes of brisk walk, followed by thirty minutes of cardio or functional exercises is a way far better for your body.
4. Dietary Changes
Diet after the festive season of Diwali, must be intelligently tailored in order to fit your daily calorie needs. For this, note down the following steps
- For some time try to give up on your sugar consumption. Avoid sugary beverages, soft drinks, ice creams, pastries, etc.
- Eat plenty of green leafy vegetables as these are healthy and packed with antioxidants.
- Prepare and drink detox water the whole day. This also increases your capacity for drinking water.
- Include more proteins in your diet like eggs, cheese, dairy products, vegetables, etc.
- Make a healthy choice for cooking oil like mustard oil, canola oil, soyabean oil, olive oil, etc.
5. Use of Spices
A kitchen is a place where there is a spice as a cure for most of our common illnesses like turmeric, ginger, garlic, cumin, fennel, coriander, and cinnamon. Incorporating these spices into the diet can help a lot through the process of detoxification.
Post Diwali Detox Meal Plan
Day 1: Fresh Start
- Start your day with a glass of warm lemon water to aid digestion and boost your metabolism.
- A bowl of fresh mixed berries with Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of chia seeds for added fiber.
- A colorful salad with leafy greens, cherry tomatoes, cucumber, bell peppers, and a light dressing.
- Grilled chicken breast , tofu, eggs for protein.
- A small handful of mixed nuts like almonds and walnuts for healthy fats and protein.
- A cup of herbal tea for antioxidants.
- Baked salmon or a vegetarian protein source like lentils.
- Steamed broccoli and quinoa for a nutritious, well-balanced meal.
Day 2 Cleansing Greens
- A green smoothie made with spinach, frozen banana, and almond milk.
- You can add a scoop of protein powder.
- A hearty vegetable soup loaded with greens like spinach, kale, and broccoli.
- A slice of whole-grain bread.
- Sliced cucumber and carrot stick with hummus for a crunchy, fiber-rich snack.
- Herbal tea or infused fruit water for hydration.
- A stir-fry with tofu or lean protein, plenty of colorful veggies, and a light, homemade sauce.
- Serve this on cauliflower rice for a low-carb option.
Day 3: Gut-Healing Foods
- Overnight oats are made with rolled oats, almond milk, chia seeds, and a dollop of probiotic-rich Greek yogurt.
- Top with fresh fruit and honey.
- A quinoa salad with fermented foods like kimchi or sauerkraut for gut health.
- Add roasted chickpeas or grilled chicken for protein.
- A cup of kombucha or kanji for additional probiotics.
- Half a cup of blueberries.
- A warm and soothing bowl of soup with tofu and seaweed.
- Steamed asparagus or green beans on the side.
Day 4: Restorative Eats
- A smoothie bowl with acai, frozen berries, and a variety of seeds (chia, flax, pumpkin).
- Top with fresh fruit, coconut flakes, and a drizzle of honey.
- A roasted vegetable and quinoa bowl.
- A hard-boiled egg or a serving of beans for added protein.
- A small serving of plain yogurt with honey and a dash of cinnamon.
- Sip on herbal tea like peppermint or chamomile.
- Grilled or baked fish with a lemon-dill sauce.
- Sautéed spinach and garlic for a nutritious side.
Follow these simple tips and tricks to detoxify yourself after this festive season and stay hydrated and rejuvenated. Always remember to enjoy the festival and celebrate in moderation so that the ill effects of celebrating can be timely reversed. Take care of your health and wellness.
Happy Diwali from the entire team of Fitness with Nidhi.
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