After a week of dancing to the beat of dhols and eating to your heart’s content, you wake up to a new week of getting back to your old lifestyle.
This transition from an intense week of extremities, be it your diet or your sleep cycle, can alter your physical body as well as your emotional state.
But luckily for you, we bring a cure. A cure for your post-festival hangover, a cure to get you back to your everyday self and a cure to help you relax your mind and body.
As tasty and mouth-watering as they seemed at the time, the ladoo and puranpoli you ate last week need to leave your system eventually, along with all the junk food you ate before and after.
The best way to do this is by intaking fluids. And we don’t mean caffeine.
Coconut water, green tea or just regular water will do the trick. These will remove all the toxins that have accumulated in your body and leave you feeling refreshed.
It seems obvious that at a time like this, packaged foods can cause more harm than good. Especially after that sugar-high week of modaks and malai.
To get rid of the sugar craving, look for natural alternatives like raw coconut or grapes.
Baked foods can be a good alternative or you could toast/roast the food, but never fry.
Sugar, refined flour, that new Kurkure flavour that you didn’t try – all these are on the list of do-not-eat. While on the other side we have brown rice, jaggery and whole wheat atta which have won this round.
Remember when you were a kid and you hated how almost every adult asked you to eat your sabji?
This is your adult-self telling you the exact same thing in order to de-tox.
Whether as breakfast or brunch, a snack or lunch, pack in fruits and vegetables wherever you can.
They can be easily made into salads, shakes or a soup and are healthy accompaniments to your daily food which help you remain full for long periods.
Eating good, healthy food in smaller portions at regular intervals is good. But, never ever skip a meal or starve yourself.
Let’s not forget about your skin.
Since ancient times, our ancestors have passed down the benefits of this secret ingredient that can help cure almost anything. And today, we need to let you in on it too.
This is a solution not just to your hair fall, but to your cooking and more importantly your moisturising routine. Its anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, antioxidant and anti-fungal properties will help soften your skin and help it rejuvenate, while you prepare for your regular week.
Another solution to make your skin glow is to spend some time in a sauna or try a steam.
The toxins from your sweat will leave your body thus leaving behind clear, refreshed skin.
While exercise at this stage is important, remember it is a period of adjustment.
Right now, your sleep patterns need to be regulated and straining your muscles will not be beneficial.
High intensity workouts may not be the need of the hour. A brisk walk or jog, yoga or your morning crunches will do the trick.
Remember to rest your body and get seven hours of sleep at least.
With Navratri coming up, you’ll want to get in shape in time for it. More on that next time. Want to get notified when we talk about it? Like our Facebook page for instant updates.
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