The four days of Diwali (Deepavali) illumines and brightens up the whole of our country. The festival always brings back fond childhood memories of buying new clothes, bursting crackers and the house filled with the yummy aromas of various sweets and savories being made at home. Preparations for Diwali would start a week or two in advance. We at IndiaElderConnect thought this to be an appropriate time to give you a few pointers to remember as you gear up for this Diwali:
- Protect yourself from dust: You surely would want to clean up your house before the festive season; however if you have respiratory problems, make sure that you are away from the dust which might make your condition worsen.
- Prepare healthy traditional Diwali sweets at home: Sweets bought from shops are generally found to be over-sweet, high on fats and blended with artificial flavors, sweeteners, preservatives, colors and taste enhancers. Preparing sweets at home is healthy. Using jaggery to prepare sweets is a healthier option rather than using white sugar and ghee. Sweets like nachni (raggi) or laddus made from millets like jowar and bajra are low in calories and healthy also.
- Keep a check on your feasting: Diwali is a season of feasting. It would definitely be torturous to control your eating and follow a strict diet. You could definitely indulge in sweets and fried foods, but stick to a small piece of sweets (single piece) or limited portion size (1 bowl), once a day. Always eat these foods as individual items and not along with meals so the calories are well distributed throughout the day. Follow your regular meal timings, preferably eating every two hours. Keep yourself hydrated with plenty of water.
- Exercise even on the festive days: Even if you indulge in heavy eating during these festive days, it is advisable to burn the extra calories by exercising. Keep up your exercise routine even during these days. Walking, jogging or cycling helps in burning calories rapidly.
- Stay away from pollution: Stay away from places with high concentration of fumes. This becomes even more important if you are suffering from problems such as asthma, pulmonary diseases, sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, common cold, pneumonia and allergic bronchitis.
Noise pollution is also at its peak during the festive nights. Ensure you have minimum exposure to noise and pollution during and post Diwali. Stay indoors; draw your curtains and shut doors and windows to minimize the effect of the dust and noise.
- Keep your medications handy: Elderly people with problems in the central nervous system, lungs and heart are highly affected by dust, and heavy metals present in the fire crackers which may cause breathing problems. Hence it is advised to keep your medications, nebulizers and inhalers handy for any untoward incidents.
Prevention is always better than cure; hence on the occasion of Diwali beside the happy celebration protect yourself from effects of the festival.
On this note, we wish you a happy Diwali from all of us at IndiaElderConnect!