If the west has Valentine’s Day, India has Karwa Chauth. On this auspicious day, Indian wives keep ‘Nirjala’ fast for the long life and prosperity of their husbands. The wives eat little before dawn and then stay empty stomach for the whole day without drinking water. This fast has its reference in many Hindu mythological stories. In the night, the wife looks at the moon through a sieve and then breaks her fast by consuming water from her husband’s hand.
In dusk, all neighborhood women get ready in sarees and ensemble together for the pooja, and to perform holy rituals. They read mythological Karwa Chauth stories and a “thali” of sweets, Diya and other pooja materials is passed around in the circle. No doubt, Karwa Chauth fast in India is the ultimate expression of unconditional true love.
But, fasting for such long hours can be hard for newly married women. Don’t worry, AyurvedGuru has got it all covered for you. Here are some of our tips for a healthy Karwa Chauth: -
EAT HEALTHY SARGI IN EARLY MORNING
Sargi is the food prepared by Indian mothers-in-law, to bless their daughters-in-law for a happy married life. Karwa Chauth sargi food should be wholesome, soluble and rich in fiber. You can add dry fruits, fruits and oats to have the required nutrition. Dry fruits like almonds, walnuts and sunflower seeds can enhance the taste as well as nutritional value. Sargi keep ladies satiated and also helps them to stay happy and energized for all day long.
DRINK PLENTY OF WATER
You’re going to drink water for more than 12 hours, so better prepare for it in advance. Drink plenty of lukewarm water in the morning to avoid dehydration and any other health problems.
AVOID CERTAIN FOODS AND DRINKS
Avoid certain foods like parathas and pakoras in the morning as they can cause dizziness and sleepiness. Also, avoid drinking coffee and tea in the morning because both can make you dehydrated during the daytime. Consume naturally sweet fruits and dry fruits (like apples, dates, and apricots) instead of going for sugary Indian sweets. While making Sargi, if possible, use honey instead of sugar. Unlike sugar, honey will not give you a sudden energy dip.
DON’T ENGAGE IN MAJOR HOUSEHOLD CHORES
Avoid doing chores that might take much of your energy. If required, do little chores that require less time and effort. Keeping yourself occupied will help you to not think about food.
BREAK YOUR FAST SLOWLY AND WITH RIGHT FOOD
We understand, after performing all the Karwa rituals, women just want to wolf down upon the food by the end of the day. However, Ayurveda advice, not to do that. Break your fast by drinking a glass of water. The food should be chewed properly and gulped slowly. Your stomach’s acidity levels are high, so don’t eat anything spicy or fried and go for desi dishes like Idli-Dosa, Sambhar, Dalia, Pulao, or Oat meal, etc. You can also enjoy sweet kulfi and dark chocolate after your meals.
Make sure to implement these health tips by us, for a healthy Karwa Chauth.