Karwa Chauth 2019: 6 Tips To Ensure Easy and Healthy Fasting
The Karva Chauth fast is observed for the longevity and good health of husbands and is a tough one indeed! This is one festival that needs true determination as women do not even drink water the entire day. Sounds difficult? Well, we make it possible!
Every time anybody asks me what I would be wearing on Karva Chauth or how I plan to break the fast I just politely tell them that I do not fast. This is never an easy situation as women look at me accusingly and make me believe as if I am committing the biggest crime on earth.
These things can be included later in the day when you truly feel the need. Abstain from drinking an excessive amount of tea or coffee. Likewise, abstain from eating anything sweetened and high in sugar items while you are fasting. As the time gap will be long between your meals, eliminating these foods will help you stay away from unnecessary stress on the digestive system.
This is how you can fast the healthy way during Karva Chauth:
Sargi: In the morning while you have sargi, maintain a strategic distance from extremely sugary foods. In case that it is an absolute necessity, have just a bit to taste. The guideline is that sweet foods have a tendency to disturb hunger later in the day.
Breakfast: Go for a light breakfast in the morning to stay away from a migraine and feeling heavy-headed the entire day. You may pick products like fruits and whole grains for your breakfast rather than refined oats and bread.
Nuts: Have plenty of nuts, for example, almonds and walnuts as they build up your energy for the day and are highly beneficial for your health. These nutritious nuts are high in fats that are essential for the body.
Water: Drink two to three glasses of lukewarm water. In case the water is warm, it gets consumed quicker as it matches the surrounding body temperature.
Tea: It is an individual decision to consume some fluid at night. For those of you, who might want to do this, ensure in case you are having tea, to drink it with plenty of milk.
How to Break Karva Chauth Fast
1- If you are thinking what to have after your Karva Chauth fast, say hello fruits!
2- End your fast by easing into a nice fresh bowl of fruits or fruit juice. A lot of women recommend bananas to break Karva Chauth fast.
3- Drink lots of water, but don’t gulp it down! Sip on a glass of water, waiting for a few seconds between sips. After your first glass, wait for 5 minutes, then have your next glass. Then drink up!
5- Drink buttermilk to soothe your tummy. You can even eat a bowl of curd or yogurt.
6- Do not go for caffeinated drinks like tea or coffee as they spike up the acidity levels in your stomach and you could end up having a tough time. Also avoid oily food (paratha, puri, etc.) and rice and keep it fresh and light.
Tips To Karva Chauth:
1-Start preparing for Karva Chauth 2 to 3 weeks in advance.
2-Get into the habit of eating light. This includes portion control as well as limiting the number of meals a day.
3-Include fruits in your daily diet.
4-Remember how when we were kids we would forget about hunger and thirst if we were doing something we loved doing? Try and find activities you like to engage in, and make them a part of your routine. Use these to train your mind and take it off hunger and food.
5-Try to change your approach to Karva Chauth: it is not just a fast but a ‘detox’ for your body. The realization that the fast is actually helping instead of simply torturing you will give you renewed strength and allow you to remain focused.
Pamper yourself! Book a spa date with your girl-friends, go for a movie… be amongst other women who are also fasting. Give and get moral support and strength.