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How to maintain sugar levels during Navratri

How to maintain sugar levels during Navratri

Navratri, the nine-day-long festival celebrating the nine manifestations of the goddess Durga, is coming very soon. During this time, there are sacred fasting rules, and many devotees follow these rules carefully.

Fasting has both physical and spiritual benefits, since it purifies both the body and soul, it improves the digestive system, and it controls blood sugar levels.

However, completely following the strict fasting for nine days can severely lower blood sugar levels and also cause bodily weakness.


Therefore, it is important to manage blood sugar while fasting during Navratri. These are some important tips to follow while fasting over these upcoming nine days.

Be sure to keep meals small, and eat them every two or three hours instead of completely starving. Include lighter foods in these meals such as yogurt, fruits, and smoothies, which will also help the fluid requirements of the body.

Add vegetables to certain recipes to fulfill the fiber requirements of the body, such as cabbages and spinach. Additionally, eating roti or chilla instead of puri and pakoras can reduce oil intake.

Eating large quantities of amaranth can be extremely helpful during fasting. It is an entirely gluten-free superfood, which can be eaten either as porridge with milk, or as savory daliya with vegetables.

Fruits and nuts are very useful to snack on during fasting, since they can be taken at any time of the day and help the stomach stay full for longer periods of time. Particularly good fruit-and-nut snacks include dates, raisins, and almonds.

Be sure to increase fluid intake, especially with fruit and vegetable juices. Avoid refined cane sugar in these juices and stick to honey or jaggery.

Sweets can be very helpful for an instantaneous boost of energy, but be sure to only eat them in moderation. This is helpful for avoiding the intake of too many calories.

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