Diwali Detox Diet – a Mania

As we go back to work, come back to our regular lives post the Diwali Dhamaka, so many are now looking to “DETOX”! The very popular ‘Diwali Detox Diet’, now has to be followed – we ‘sinned’ during Diwali, we ate mithais, we were up till late, so obviously now it’s time to punish ourselves – so bring out the yucky juices, boiled ill tasting food, and what not!

When I ask someone – who is dying to go on a Detox Diet – why do you want to Detox – I get a very standard reply – “Arre, I ate so much during Diwali – I now need to ‘make up’ for that and get back on track.” And to that I ask – so you think your body stores some ‘Special’ fat in some ‘Special’ parts – to let you know – that ‘Hey dude – this is your Diwali fat.’ Do you really believe a few days of eating – made you FAT? Did you suddenly go from being Skinny to Fat – thanks to Diwali? Exactly my point!

Yes, you ate more than you should, you indulged in mithais, you were up late – but did you not enjoy every minute of it? As you resume work now – do you torture yourself by adding extra hours at work or in any other way, because well you took a break – so time to punish yourself? No – you just went back to work. The same way, go back to eating sensibly, workout regularly, sleep on time and love yourself – including your body!

Be gentle with your mind and your body. Don’t create a belief for yourself that having fun has to be followed up with a punishment. Instead, teach yourself to live in Balance. Teach yourself to listen to what the body has to say, to listen to your Gut – your stomach. Your body is a miracle – it fixes every cut, every wound, when a tiny speck of dust gets into the eye, it is wise enough – to secrete tears so as to remove the speck. Even when you punish your body, torture it – in the name of weight loss – it is still here for you – doing the best it can and keeping you alive. Time you showed it some respect and TLC – it deserves.

I don’t understand – why celebrating a Festival – having fun with Family and loved ones has to be followed by a punishment? Why can we just not enjoy a festival, and move on with our lives – why go from one extreme to the other – bingeing and then starving – like now starve post Diwali and then go bingeing for Christmas and New Year and then make ‘Weight Loss’ as resolution AGAIN on 1st Jan.

Seriously!? Is this all there is to Life? We need to put an end to equating weight loss, of being a certain size to being Happy, worthy and successful and gaining weight as being the exact opposite. Being thinner does not ensure more happiness. Do you think – Cutting calories, climbing on the weighing scale each day, pinching and pulling your ‘fat’ body parts, and measuring self-worth this way – is Happy? I don’t think so!

If you really want to be happy – be committed to yourself. Start doing things that make you happy in a way that we feel connected to your inner self.

I am in no way advocating – remaining unhealthy or over weight. Eat sensibly, workout, drink lots of water, sleep well – get FIT. But don’t obsess over numbers – do what needs to be done – and focus on living your purpose, being Healthy, Fit & Happy – instead of being a certain size or weighing a certain number.

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Don’t Run Away From Laddoos This Diwali

Diwali also known as Deepavali means the festival of lights. We celebrate Diwali each year with a lot love, fun and yes Mithai (sweets). But all those on a so-called “Diet” want to run away or hide during this period. Why?? Because – if I eat mithai – I will become fat!!

So – as usual I have a few thoughts and few questions and I leave it to you to decide if you want to Run and Hide or instead this Diwali – have a big smile and enjoy the Ladoos with your loved ones!

Historically, there are many reasons on the origins of this vibrant festival. Diwali was the celebration of Lord Ram’s homecoming to Ayodhya after victory over Ravan. Also on this day, the Goddess of wealth, Lakshmi incarnated during the churning of the ocean, hence the association of Diwali with Goddess Lakshmi. Diwali is generally associated with abundance and thus we invoke Goddess Lakshmi ~ so that we are blessed with  prosperity and abundance – in love, friendships and relationships, wisdom, creativity, good health, care, enthusiasm, confidence, peace of mind, wealth etc.

Diwali is also to celebrate the victorious return of Lord Krishna, after victory over the demon Narakasur and then rescuing 16,000 women from his captivity. The celebration of this freedom went on for two days including the Diwali day as a victory festival. According to the great epic ‘Mahabharata’, it was this day when the mighty and righteous Pandavas appeared from their 12 years of banishment as a result of their defeat in the hands of the Kauravas at the game of dice.

So basically – Diwali signifies celebration – the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, right over wrong, good over evil. And yes – when we celebrate these blessed moments – it is natural to rejoice and bond over food too. Exactly why – mithais are made in every household.

In every house during Diwali sweets are made. As a matter of fact, after we make these sweets with lot of love and care with carefully selected ingredients like ghee, dry fruit, jaggery or sugar, etc. We then keep aside a small portion of this and place it in our temples as an offering to God. We invoke the blessings of God and then eat this mithai as a Prasad.

So, now my turn to ask questions – If the mithai was so-bad or dangerous – would we offer it to God? Would we ever think of making mithais with oil instead of ghee or with sugar free substitutes and then serve it to God? Or do we believe in serving our Gods the real thing?? Then why are we running away from it? Why is the God inside of us made to suffer – by giving it substitutes? Why can we not choose to nourish our own selves too? Is food only numbers for us ? Have we forgotten that we eat to get energy, to nurture our soul?

Now –  I am definitely not advocating madly eating insane amounts of sweets, but yes why not a piece or 2 of the laddoo. Why not share this mithai with our family, our loved ones? Why not celebrate the Goodness of our meals?

Shine your inner light this Diwali.. Also eating ghee-wala mithai – helps bring a glow on our face too because – ghee is made of essential fat.  We need fat to absorb fat-soluble vitamins like A and E. Both work as antioxidants and are rich in anti-ageing properties and thus the glowing skin 😉Diwali