While there is nothing wrong in taking those tiny winy bites, over indulgence and excessive consumption of food at once can give your body a grave shock. Remember that your body has adapted itself to the one month long schedule of Ramadan and an all of a sudden change in this and can be really harmful. You might just end up with indigestion and ultimately bloating. Gorging on high calorie foods can lead to a feeling of extreme guilt and not to forget, some unwanted weight gain. Unfortunately, these are the pitfalls of social gatherings which are an integral part of the auspicious occasion of Eid. While these gatherings are unavoidable, you can surely implement the following tips to make sure that this Eid 2016 is a happy and healthy one.
1. Walk The Talk or Exercise Around The Block
Yes, you heard it right. Going for a walk or working out makes you feel refreshed, relaxed and happy. You must be wondering how? A good walk and exercise routine releases feel good hormones which positively affect your mood and help in managing your appetite. Additionally, these keep diseases at bay and make you feel more energetic. It’ll help reduce your guilt as you go digging into that plate of Mutton Biryani or Shahi Korma with Naan on the eve of Eid.
2. Let Veggies Come First
You must be thinking, why am I asking you to have veggies, that too on Eid, isn’t it? Well, yes! The best way to control and reduce your appetite is to eat your veggies first. Veggies are packed with essential nutrients and fiber which would make you feel full so that you can excuse yourself by eating less high calorie and fattening delights. Start your meal with a bowl of salad or stir fry veggies and I am sure your tummy would ask for very little malai kofta or khichda.
3. Exercise Portion Control
Controlling your portions is of utmost importance when you are at a social gathering and if you wish to keep your weight in check. Piling up food in a plate just because it’s an occasion is no excuse to let your diet goals go for a toss. When you go on adding food to your plate, somewhere you are pressurized to eat it all so as not to waste food. Politely refuse a second helping of food, even if it’s a relative who urges you towards the table. The best way you can eat less, is to strike a good chat with your closed ones so that you concentrate more towards the conversation and less on the yummy delicacies. Remember “we have to eat to live and not live to eat.”
4. Do Not Make Friends with Aerated Beverages
While it may seem a great idea to have an aerated drink with your meal on the pretext of digesting the heavy food, the reality is far from what you think. Aerated beverages are loaded with sugar and do not do any good to your body. Rather than gulping down a glass of cold-drink, have a glass of buttermilk with mint leaves in it for better digestion. Buttermilk will not only improve the digestion process but will also help you in eating less. So, what should you choose? A sugar filled drink or a protein packed liquid. My advice, go for the latter and you will not regret doing the same.