Published on 24 August 2020 05:04 PM IST
The festive season in India has taken off, and despite the pandemic, the country is preparing for celebratory mode over the next few months till the end of the year.
With Ganesh Chaturthi fast approaching, the exchange of sweets and homemade Modaks and mithais are a top priority for every household. It is one of the most prominent Hindu festivals in India. Relishing sweet treats during the 10-day celebrations will awaken the foodie in everyone; health restrictions and diets will take a backseat. However, this can be a daunting time for those who have diabetes or high blood sugar levels.
Individuals with diabetes need to take special care while indulging in these gastronomical celebrations, especially with all the sweet treats around. To enjoy this Ganesh Chaturthi fearlessly, Dr Tejal Lathia, Consultant Endocrinologist, Hiranandani Hospital, Vashi-A Fortis Network Hospital shares five tips to help keep your sugar in check!
CONTROLLING PORTION SIZE AND TIMING
The key to effective Diabetes management is controlling the portion size; the trick works best even when indulging in those delicious Modaks! Share the modak with someone. When offered sweets by someone, it may seem rude to refuse but taking half a laddoo or peda is optional.
Eating at regular intervals will ensure that cravings are kept away. It is recommended to keep a 4-hour gap between desserts to avoid any surge in blood sugars.
OPT FOR HEALTHY SWEETS MADE OF NATURAL SUGARS OR SWEETENERS
As diabetes is now a common problem among individuals, sweet makers have consciously introduced the options of sugar-free Modaks or sweets made from natural sugar regardless of age. Although even natural sugar is not highly recommended for people with diabetes, it is a far better alternative to processed sugar.
Hence look for sweets made of alternatives such as Jaggery, Dates or Figs; Jaggery is rich in iron and helps in cleansing toxins out of the body, while Dates & Figs provide the body with wholesome energy. So though alternatives still have sugar, they also have other nutrients that refined sugar does not.
MAINTAIN A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE
Sticking to your usual routine as closely as possible will help. Do not skip your workouts, and you may increase the workout intensity during the festive time to burn off the excess calories and tackle the sugar levels.
EAT HEALTHY AND HYDRATE
Ganesh Chaturthi is about sweets and fried snacks that come as a savoury treat when you visit friends and family. Opt for healthy snacks such as roasted makhana, peanuts, baked treats or grilled food, if available, instead of deep-fried ones. Similarly, drink plenty of water and other healthy liquids like buttermilk and soups instead of aerated sugary drinks.
MONITOR YOUR SUGAR-LEVELS REGULARLY
With celebrations at home and the constant guests, you will likely forget to monitor your sugar levels. Therefore, it is advisable to always check your blood glucose levels before and after meals to monitor any fluctuations, especially in festive times. This will also give a fair idea if you must cut down on sweets altogether or reduce the quantity consumed for the next few weeks until levels are in control.
The fun and frolic of festivities shouldn’t hamper your health adversely, so remember to keep your Diabetes in check regularly to enjoy a hassle-free festive season!