Sharad Navratri (from 10 to 18 October) has finally arrived for us to revive our mind, body, and soul. It is the time of year when the season changes and due to these changes our body can go out of balance. So, let’s empower our positive energy with some meditation and improve our health with some simple changes in our diet and lifestyle.
What is Navratri?
India is well off country when it comes to the culture of celebration and festivals. Navratri is meant to worship nine forms of Goddess Durga for nine nights. Fasting for these nine days is not merely ancient worshiping of Goddess Durga but it has health significance also. This festival comes twice a year i.e. at the beginning of Spring and Autumn.
What is the importance of fasting on Navratri?
According to age-old Ayurveda, the best way to detoxify the body is fasting which brings balance to the mind and body. But, don’t misunderstand the term fasting as starving here. Here fasting intends to offer some rest to regularly working the digestive system by feeding yourself with light and easily digestible food items.
The change from one season to another is known as Ritu Sandhi in Ayurveda. Autumn and Spring is also the time of season change. It is the period when whole quintessence goes through the transformation. Like in Spring, snow starts melting and flowers start blooming. In Autumn, leaves start changing color and fall away. During this seasonal transformation, our bodies also go through it as well. This type of change creates an imbalance in the body and lowers the immunity. This is the best time to break your regular eating pattern to rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul.
What are the benefits of fasting on Navratri?
Navratri is the time to reduce all the anxiety, fear, anger and other negative vibes from the mind through fasting. All these changes can be observed due to the increase in sattva quality in the body by avoiding tamasik and rajasik activities and foods. Diet and lifestyle have a direct influence on the body and mind. By choosing a sattvic diet and lifestyle during these nine days one can detoxify mind, body, and soul. During these nine days, it is conducive to follow Ayurvedic fasting diet plan. The unified thought of Navratri is to reconnect your mind, body, and soul by eating light sattvic food and indulging in any kind of meditation.
What are the tips to sustain fasting on Navratri?
- Eat a bowl of fruits every day.
- Eat light snacks in between to avoid acidity.
- Add the required amount of ghee to each meal.
- Keep yourself hydrated with water, coconut water, lemon juice, and buttermilk.
- Eat only healthy snacks like almonds, dates, dry figs, raisins, or any other dry fruit.
What to avoid during Navratri?
- Avoid processed food items.
- Avoid all kind of non- vegetarian foods.
- Don’t over stress your body with loads of work.
- Avoid all types of frozen, refrigerated, and fried foods.
It does not matter if you are a Hindu or not, the prime concept is to cleanse your mind and body. So let’s start something newfangled today. It is the best time to bring out some changes in you. You have lived enough for your family, friends, kids and all. Now live for yourself, for your own good health and betterment. Channelize your good energies and feel connected to yourself. Even if you don’t want to fast at least you can follow a sattvic diet for the whole day.