Navratri Diet Plan: Nutrition For Navratri

Nutrition For Navratri

Navratri is a time for dance, celebrations as well as fasting. In India, communities abstain from consuming alcohol, smoke, onion, garlic or non-vegetarian food during this time, and some restrict their diet even more severely during these days dedicated to Goddess Durga.

Some fast for spiritual purification at this time, but there’s a scientific explanation to it as well. This festival coincides with the changing seasons, a time when the body’s immunity is low and people are more likely to fall ill. Including nutrient rich foods and detoxing with ingredients that are light, easy-to-digest and full of nutrients such as protein and fiber is the best way to prepare your body for the transition.
Fasting during this festival is an ideal way to detox the body, enhance digestion and increase positivity. While the benefits of fasting are plenty, many of us fast incorrectly which further disturbs the balance in our body. Here is a guide on how to fast in a way that is conducive to your body and mind:

Nutrition for Navratri

You can eat a fruit bowl. And you can also have some basic Multivitamin supplements to clear the nutritional gaps and tender coconut water.

In case you have a health condition, it would be best to consult a nutritionist before fasting to get your diet sorted.
A conventional Navratri diet is one that ensures It can be any combination of the following ingredients:

  • Fruit bowl, Buckwheat (kuttu) roti, fasting rice (shamak rice), sago (sabudana), water chestnut (singhara) flour, rajgira, yam (suran), colocacia (arbi), boiled sweet potatoes (shakarkand), etc.
  • Clarified butter (ghee), milk and buttermilk.
  • Yogurt and milk products.
  • Lots of fluids – tender coconut water, and some electrolyte drinks that will help prevent dehydration.

When following a traditional Navratri diet, it is also advisable to:

  • Cook foods by using healthy cooking methods like roasting, boiling, steaming and grilling
  • Be strictly vegetarian, and include basic supplements for recovery
  • Avoid any fried and heavy food that might lead to gastric distress
  • Limit onion, garlic, etc.
  • Avoid overeating or undereating

And those who cannot fast should abstain from non-vegetarian food, alcohol, onion, garlic, etc.

Breaking your fast

Avoid heavy meals as that not only makes it difficult for the system to digest but also undo the cleansing process and positive effects of fasting. Eat easily digestible foods and take enough Vitamin C supplements to keep you charged up.

In case you have a health condition, it would be best to consult a doctor before fasting and remember to do only as much as you are comfortable with.

Stay hydrated:  Make healthy protein shakes with a variety of fruits and nuts. Add seasonal fruits to the mix, to yield maximum health benefits. Dehydration is not something you want to experience during this active season. And so, to ensure proper body functioning and ensure that you don't drain yourself in the festivities, hydration levels should always be maintained. Drinking plenty of water and electrolyte drinks and all those food indulgences which are not just fast-friendly but also recharge you.
Include Fibre rich foods
It is essential you pick food items that are rich in fiber, which will help you stay fuller for a longer duration. Good fast-friendly fibrous options include Samak ka atta, Rajgir, singhara, pumpkin, and colocasia (arbi).

Avoid packaged foods
A lot of easy options available in the market like fast-friendly namkeens, chips, and meals. However, do remember that they go through a lot of processing and made in refined oil. This undo the purpose of fasting in these nine holy days!

Sleep cycle
During fasting, the body is undergoing different changes and it needs plenty of rest. And so, make sure you sleep for 7-8 hours every day. Try to relax and if you find sleeping a little difficult then include Magnesium supplements for sleep and muscle recovery both.
Do not overexert and recover well

During this festival, you are likely to stay full of meal prepping, attending events and fasting. However, remember that the body is low on energy so try not to exert, under eat and put excessive pressure on your body. Keep snacking on something from time to time and rest when you can. And have recovery amino acids drink to recover even faster!

Here's wishing you all a very Happy Navratri and recover faster!
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-Expert and Writer