The festival of Durga Puja commemorates Goddess Durga’s homecoming and is considered as one of the most vibrant festivals in India.
It is a post-monsoon autumn festival also called Durga Pujo or Sharada Navratri that is observed in honour of Goddess Durga with fervent celebrations spanning West Bengal and large parts of Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Assam, Tripura and Bangladesh.
During the pujo, many devotees throng various well-known pandals to have a glimpse of their favourite deity even if this means standing in long winding queues for many hours or even few days.
But with current situation, there’s a low chance of people enjoying the festival like before.
Though there are some who still have plans to go out for pandal hopping with full precautions.
While doing pandal hopping, such devotees also end up eating lot of junk and sweets.
Considering this is a season of festivities gorging on various sweet delicacies is considered part of the festivities.
Visiting friends and relatives also insists that all must partake in the festivities through generous helping of sweets and look down upon any resistance or individuals taking smaller portions.
However, there can be a middle path wherein these gastronomical delights could be enjoyed while taking certain precautions. Few of the small measures that could ensure diabetes afflicted individuals keep sugar levels in check include:
Avoid Junk food: we often start drooling on hearing the words like cutlets, fries, parathas, pakodas, rolls etc.
Now just imagine having these delicacies in front you – heaven isn’t it. But it is important to use one’s discretion wisely and avoid junk food or unhealthy options that can cause harm to health in the long term.
Choose delicacies with natural sweeteners: The high level of sugar content makes the delicacies risky for individuals suffering from ailments such as diabetes. Hence, it is best to substitute sugar with natural alternatives such as jaggery, dates or figs.
These alternatives will not only help to take care of sugar cravings but are also healthy.
Embrace healthy lifestyle: Many of us are aware about the ill-effects of these habits but find it difficult to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
One must remain cautious throughout the year about his or her lifestyle.
Adopting physically active routine and regular exercises helps one to remain fit and thereby keep ailments at bay. For this, one should be mentally strong to continue doing physical activity throughout the year.
Controlling portion size and timing: Individuals should avoid binge eating and try to consume smaller portion sizes.
This will help in maintaining the blood sugar levels of diabetes afflicted individuals.
In addition, consumption of limited portion sizes should be at regular intervals to avoid any health related complications.
It is good to select the right timing to consume food. Consumption during irregular hours such as late nights must be avoided since it could affect one’s health.
Select healthy food: Everyone thinks that all sweets are unhealthy and affect one’s health.
However, there are numerous healthy food options available in the market that don’t merely taste good but also provide one wholesome energy.
One must also remember that healthy food doesn’t mean expensive food – it is a wrongly held myth that all healthy foods are expensive.
Timely health check-ups: One is recommended to undertake timely and regular health check-ups, especially blood sugar levels to find out about diabetes.
A quick medical intervention can be initiated only if it is diagnosed on time. One must also remember that timely and regular health check-ups allow an individual to not only monitor their health but also take timely action.