A seven-point guide to healthy Diwali feasting

Photo courtesy: Rujuta Diwekar

The best kind of celebrations focus on a festival’s true essence—in the case of Diwali this is about giving and sharing. Excesses, unfortunately, are not limited to Diwali, Dussehra, Eid or Christmas—they are just more visible during festivals. And instead of focusing on the bingeing and guilt, these occasions have the potential to become opportunities for us to fine-tune our daily life and return to the traditional ways of eating and cooking like our grandmothers did. Festivals are a time to be grateful, not guilty, for what you have on your plate, and to feast with a conscience.

1. Dieting and Diwali

The whole idea of being on a diet is to become healthier, fitter and leaner. If one must achieve that, then the diet must be sustainable as well as culture-compliant. And in this case diets must account for the big Diwali nights, the card sessions, morning pujas and exchange of mithai and goodies. In fact, Diwali is a good time to figure out if you are on a sustainable diet; if eating a regular Diwali meal amounts to breaking your diet, then it means your weight-loss plans are not going to be successful.

Essentially, what this reveals is whether your diet fits into the game plan of the weight-loss industry. These unrealistic diets are not a culture fit, instead, they focus on the guilt around occasion-based feasting and take advantage of it to sell detox plans or packages that are often extreme and doomed to fail.

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