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Written by Navneet Kaur, M.Sc. Nutrition & Dietetics


Top Healthy Eating Tips For A Guilt-Free Diwali

Diwali, the festival of lights, is a time of joy, togetherness, and culinary delights. It's also a period when many people indulge in traditional sweets, snacks, and rich dishes. While celebrating with delicious food is a part of the tradition, it's essential to strike a balance and enjoy a guilt-free Diwali. 


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Enjoy your favourite Diwali treats but in moderation. Smaller portions can satisfy your cravings without overindulging. 

1. Practice Portion Control 

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Drinking water throughout the day can help control your appetite and prevent overeating during meals and snacks. 

2. Hydrate Adequately  

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If possible, prepare your own sweets and snacks at home. This way, you can control the ingredients and use healthier alternatives like jaggery, whole grains, and nuts. 

3. Prioritize Homemade Sweets  

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Opt for snacks that are high in nutrients, like roasted nuts, seeds, and homemade trail mix. They provide energy and satiety without excessive calories. 

4. Include Nutrient-Rich Snacks 

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Incorporate fresh fruits into your Diwali celebrations. They not only add a burst of natural sweetness but also provide essential vitamins and fibre. 

5. Favour Fresh Fruits 

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When preparing savoury dishes, bake or grill them instead of deep-frying. This reduces the oil content and the overall calorie load. 

6. Choose Baked or Grilled Dishes 

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Fill your plate with a variety of foods, including vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. This helps maintain a balanced diet even during festivities. 

7. Balance Your Plate  

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Pay attention to your body's hunger and fullness cues. Avoid distractions while eating and savour each bite. 

8. Mindful Eating 

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Don't skip meals to save calories for later. It often leads to overeating. Instead, have regular, balanced meals. 

9. Plan Your Meals 

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Incorporate physical activity into your daily routine, whether it's a brisk walk, yoga, or a home workout. It helps burn off extra calories and maintains your energy levels. 

10. Stay Active 

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Diwali is a time for celebration, and delicious food is an integral part of the festivities. However, with these healthy eating tips, you can enjoy a guilt-free Diwali without compromising your well-being. By practising moderation, opting for homemade and nutritious choices, and staying mindful of your eating habits, you can enjoy the festival while feeling energized and guilt-free.  


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