Health Tips For Karwa Chauth Fast
Hello ladies…. I am sure the preparations for Karva Chauth must be in full swing….from Sarees to jewellery to mehendi…all must be set!!!
Karva Chauth – one the most important day…rather the only “mostest” important day in the life of a married woman as per the Hindu Customs, falls on October 11 this year.
This fast in observed by Hindu women for good and long life of their husband. This is followed all across India and especially in Northern & western parts of the country where this ritual is supposed to have originated.
This time it is my first Karva Chauth. Excited and as well nervous!! Read on to know why…
Belonging to a Gujarati Jain family, these fasts and allied concepts are very alien to me…. But then being married into a Marwari Hindu family this day has become an important day for me too. And especially because, my husband is also going to observe the fast for me and stay at home all day with me…such a darling he is!!! [EXCITED] Can anything be more special than that? J
This day proves to be very demanding and takes a toll on the health for many. Depriving our body of food and water the whole day is easier said than done. So, for those who do this vrat at the cost of their health….be happy…. there is a Sunday next to let you restore your good health.
I also suffer from gastric problems, acidity and nausea if I don’t eat on time…and then follows the headache, low blood pressure, low temperature, weakness… aah!!! The list is long. So fasts have always been a night mare for me. [NERVOUS]
But then this fast has to be special as I said earlier and should do no harm to my health. As such, I have done much of a home work on what to eat and what not to, what to do and what not to… to stay fit and healthy during and after the fast.
First let us understand how this fast is observed. Normally, food is taken early in the morning before sunrise. The whole day goes without food and water. At night, women break their fasts after seeing the moon and doing some puja as per the customs.
With time, method of fasts have also been adjusted to match our hectic and fast lives. So, some women eat only fruits, two times during the day till sunset. After sunset they don’t eat or drink anything till they see the moon and then break their fasts. Other rituals vary as per community and customs.
Before the fast:
- Eat light food so that you do not feel lousy and lethargic all through the day
- Avoid sweet and sugary food in the morning or the night before the fast as sugary foods tend to aggravate your hunger.
- Eat good amount of fruits, especially pomegranates as they will provide the nutrients to the body and help you combat the health problems.
- Consume milk products, like home made paneer,as they are rich in proteins and will make you feel full for a longer time.
- Munch on some nuts, as they will be a good source of energy and help you stay away from water throughout the day.
- Drink enough water to keep you hydrated all day.
- Eat whole-grains items.
- Good night’s sleep…the most important part of the health care. As, lack of sleep cause imbalance of the hunger hormones and make you feel all the more hungry.
During the Fast:
- Keep yourself busy with friends and family.
- Book an appointment at your favorite Spa or salon and pamper yourself.
- Do some low-energy spending chores at home to keep yourself busy and divert your attention from the hungry tummy.
For those who will be eating fruits and consuming water…
- Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated. Having a glass or two of luke warm water is surely going to be of help.
- Munch on nuts like cashew, almonds and walnuts; being rich in good fats they will keep you energized.
- Avoid tea on empty stomach as it can increase the acidity problem.
- You can have a glass of lemonade with salt sometime before the evening.
Breaking the fast:
- Avoid consuming tea or coffee immediately after breaking the fast.
- Having some fruit juice will help you.
- Consume healthy fluids.
- Avoid oily and heavy food at all cost. It will only worsen your gastric and acidity problem. And make you feel restless all through the night making you feel miserable the next day.
- Avoid spicy food as well for the same reasons.
- Have a light dinner rich in protein and healthy carbohydrates to help you restore the lost energy.
- Eat slowly and chew properly. Don’t eat in a rush. It can cause indigestion.
- Avoid heavy meals the next day as well, giving time to your digestive system to restore normalcy.
These tips are sure to benefit you all in having a healthy-fit-n-fine Karva Chauth…with negligible adverse health conditions.
A word for the husbands as well:
A big big THANKS to all those hubbies who will be fasting for their wives…. In this male dominant society the value and respect of women has seen great falls. By fasting for your wives you are not only making her happy but also acknowledging how much you respect her and all that she does for you…. Our society, religion and culture has listed no fast that a husband should do for the well being of his wife, but the list of fasts for women for her husband and family sees no end. So you gentlemen truly deserve thanks… a ray of hope for all women….
Are you ready for Karwa Chauth fast?
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