This Durga Pujo make right food choices to keep Diabetes in check
Durga Puja is arguably the biggest festival in West Bengal. Commemorating Goddess Durga’s homecoming and victory over the demon Mahishasura, the entire state, as also large parts of neighbouring Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Assam, Tripura and even Bangladesh across the border, pull out all the stops to celebrate it.
Cities and towns come alive with colourful pandals. Festival goers, bedecked in their brightest festive finery offer worship. And then of course there’s the food — plates upon plates heaped with sweet and savoury treats.
Swept up in all the revelry, it’s but natural to feel tempted to indulge.
But for diabetics in particular, it’s important to take certain precautions. That doesn’t mean you can’t make the most of the festive spirit. It just means taking certain measures to keep your sugar levels in check:
Choose delicacies with natural sweeteners: No festival is complete without sweets. The high sugar content in our Mithais make them a no-no for diabetics. But that doesn’t mean they have to forgo sweets altogether. You can always substitute traditional Mithais with those made with natural sugar alternatives. Sweets made with jagger, dates and figs are great options, with these natural sweeteners rich in iron, healthy and packed with energy.
Avoid Junk food: Cutlets, fries, parathas, pakodas, rolls, with so many sumptuous delicacies around it’s how can you resist? But it is important to use one’s discretion wisely and avoid junk food or unhealthy options that can harm health in the long term.
Embrace Healthy Lifestyle: It’s important to watch your waistline especially with so much rich decadent food around. Wake up early, get some exercise in and you’ll feel a lot more healthy and a lot less guilty about helping yourself to that extra ladoo.
Controlling portion size & timing: Eat in moderation and avoid bingeing between meals or eating late at night. Smaller portion sizes help in maintaining the blood sugar levels of diabetics. In addition, consumption of limited portion sizes should be at regular intervals to avoid any health-related complications.
Select Healthy Food: Everyone thinks thatall Mithais are unhealthy. However, there are numerous healthy options available in the market that aren’t just good for you but also taste just as delicious. Another myth is that healthy food is expensive. It’s not. There are plenty of options that are healthy, delicious and affordable.
Timely health check-ups: Timely and regular health check-ups are recommended, especially blood sugar level tests that can detect diabetes. A quick medical intervention can be initiated only if it is diagnosed on time.
In conclusion, yes, food is an important part of festivities. And while it’s okay to indulge, it’s important to be conscious of what you eat.
Article authored by Dr Varsha Khatry, Head- Medical and Scientific Affair, Roche Diabetes Care India.
The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and they do not reflect in any way those of Roche Diabetes Care India Pvt. Ltd.