Diwali, the “Festival of Light”, is one of the most important Hindu festivals celebrated in India. Diwali signifies the victory of good over evil. Like any other Indian traditional festivals, Diwali entails fun, frolic and food. It is a common sight to see people gorge on high-calorie dishes that include fried, high-fat foods and of course, sweets. Expectedly, the diet goes for a toss.
It is still fine to indulge in a food fiesta once in a while for people with no serious health issues. However, those with diabetes must tread carefully while treating themselves with sweet and savory delicacies. In order to avoid disastrous outcomes, a diabetic must watch out their diet amidst the glitz and glamour of the festivity.
The amount of sweets or high-calorie foods that a diabetic can consume depends on the sugar levels. Here are certain pro tips to follow during Diwali for people suffering from diabetes to ensure proper diet and health.
The most important diet tip for a diabetic has always been portion control. The same is applicable while eating during Diwali. Take smaller portions of sweets. If you have plans of eating out in the evening, eat the previous meal in moderation. In this way, you would be able to enjoy food without having to worry about an increase in blood sugar levels.
There is nothing like making your own food during Diwali. In this way, you can choose to cut down on the ingredients or change the way of cooking as per your requirements. For instance, make more baked or grilled food items than deep-fried ones. Add less sweetness or use natural sweeteners to the desserts. Use jaggery or dates syrup instead of sugar. Opt for low-fat milk instead of full-fat milk to make a difference. If you are hosting a diabetic, be a little considerate and prepare food as per the person’s dietary requirements.
Eat Non-Starchy and Fibre-Rich Vegetables
Non-starchy and vegetables with more fibres are great for people suffering from diabetes since they are low-calorie, filling, full of nutrients and have little impact on the blood sugar levels. Ensure to include such vegetables in your Diwali diet.
Make Protein-Rich Foods
Prepare food with ingredients that are high in protein like chicken, fish, black beans and soy. Food items with polyunsaturated fats, monounsaturated fats, and Omega 3 fatty acids are helpful in lowering blood sugar levels.
Choice of Oils
Cooking the meal in the right kind of diabetes-friendly oil is also important. Switch to olive oil or avocado oil while preparing food this Diwali. The mono-unsaturated fatty acids present in these oils help in keeping the blood glucose levels low.
Choose Your Drinks Wisely
Keep yourself hydrated during Diwali. This would not only keep your gut clean by would keep you full as well to prevent overeating. Consume plenty of water or go for variations like soup, buttermilk, lassi, coconut water and lime water.
Limit tea, coffee, carbonated beverages and alcohol intake during the festivities to create a balance with the consumption of food. Moderation is the key and never consume alcohol in an empty stomach.
Include Nuts in Your Diet
Cashews, almonds, fox nuts and walnuts are great options to snack on to avoid binge eating. However, avoid peanuts for mid-meal snacking.
Keep Yourself on Your Toes
Ideally, exercising is the best way to shed off the extra calories that you put on during Diwali. Go for a brisk walk, weight training or jogging. But if you do not like to exercise much, consider involving yourself in a little dance routine or take part in fun activities that require physical strength to incorporate exercises into Diwali. Shopping is one of the main aspects of Diwali and it involves a lot of physical activity as well. You can easily burn those calories as you go out and about to shop.
Testing Blood Glucose Levels
It is important to test your blood glucose levels frequently if you are eating foods that you do not normally have to check how you are responding to them. In case of elevated blood sugar levels, cut down on carbohydrate-rich foods till the sugar levels get back to as it was before.
Do Not Forget Medicine Intake
It is important to continue medicine intake to prevent fluctuations in blood glucose levels. The same applies for insulin dependent people.
If you follow the above mentioned tips, you can easily enjoy Diwali without having to worry about elevated blood sugar levels. Happy Diwali!
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