TIPS Here are a few tips for those who are on fast this festive season
I n the morning, try and avoid very sugary foods. The principle is that sweet foods tend to aggravate hunger later in the day. Home-made paneer is a healthy option as it is high in protein and will therefore fill you up for longer.
Consume nuts such as almonds and walnuts as they make up your energy reserves for the day. These nutritious nuts are high in essential fats (linked to anti-ageing and lowering cholesterol) and are also high in protein, which will keep you satiated for longer.
Fill up on H2O
Drink two to three glasses of lukewarm water. If the water is warm, it gets absorbed faster as it matches the ambient body temperature.
Be a Busy Bee
Keep yourself busy with friends and family, low-energy work or household chores to keep your attention diverted from the fact that you are not eating.
If you're having tea in the evening, to drink it with ample milk.
Otherwise, having tea on an empty stomach will increase the acidity of the stomach and may cause pain (tannic acid in tea can up the acidity factor).
You could also consume lemonade with sugar and salt.
Breaking the fast
When you break your fast at night, make sure to not consume oily or spicy food.
This is because the stomach's acidity is high at this time anyway due to lack of food or water all day. Instead, consume light food high in good-quality carbohydrates and protein to replenish the body's lost energy stores. Also make sure to consume three to four glasses of liquids until you sleep to take care of any dehydration that has occurred in the course of the day.
A glass of lemonade may also aid digestion.