Rujuta Diwekar shares a Healthy Diet Plan for people who are on Navratri fast. She also tells us how Navratri food could make women not only physically stronger but also boost immunity and bring a hormonal balance.
Navratri is the time when many of us fast and feast at the same time!
As many people chose to fast for this 9 day-long festival, thanks to Rujuta Diwekar, India’s leading nutrition and exercise science expert, we have a healthy diet plan for people on Navratri Fasting. This is very useful if you are observing fasts too and looking for healthy eating options for yourself and your family.
Rujuta Diwekar shared how Navratri food strengthens and empowers women with the nutrients that make them physically stronger, improve their immunity and helps bring about a hormonal balance.
Here’s what her ideal Navratri diet plan looks like:
#1: Meal one (after waking up) – Fresh fruit/ Handful of nuts/ Overnight soaked raisins with kesar
#2: Meal two (breakfast) – Singhare ke pakode/ Sabudana khichdi/ Sweet potato with dahi/ Alu ki kheer/ Chana poori and halwa (on last day)
#3: Meal three (lunch) –Rajgira or kuttu or singhare atta ki roti with Alu or arbi sabzi/ Makhane ki sabzi or Kuttu ki kadhi with samo chaawal / upasacha thalipeeth
#4: Meal four (dinner) –Samo chawal with dahi / Jhangora kheer / Paneer ki sabzi with kuttu or singhare or rajgira or banana flour ki roti
#5: Mid-meals –Fresh fruit/ Milkshake/ Chaas/ Shikanji/ kheer/ Shakarkandi ki chaat / Sabudana wada with dahi
Rujuta further added on social media:
“It’s the time of the year when the end of Pitru paksha leads to the beginning of Navratri. Both, in their own way, are a means that use food or anna as a learning tool. Pitru Paksha is about charity and offering food to the ancestors who no longer live in their bodies and in the realm of our world.
And Navratri, amongst many other things, is about staying disciplined with food to help nurture the creative and the feminine principle in our physical bodies.
Navratri is of special significance to women as they are live expressions of the Divine mother. I believe it is our cultural way of “feminism”, both fearless and joyful, in harmony with the dance of life. In a way, it teaches us that as women we must celebrate our lives every moment, and in every role we take up.
Whether we choose to express ourselves as forms of Annapurna, Saraswati, Lakshmi, Durga, Kali, we are all beautiful.
The food is “restricted” as a method of disciplining the senses. Nutritionally, it empowers the women with nutrients that make them not just physically stronger but helps bring about a balance at the hormonal level too. This is because of the diversity of foods that are traditionally eaten during this time.
It’s a “religious” method of teaching families that good physical health of the women and girls is of paramount importance to the wellbeing of communities and societies.
This is a rough food plan but please make alterations to it based on the region you come from and according to what your grandmom approves”
The diversity of foods that are usually eaten during this time empowers the women with nutrients that make them physically stronger, improve their immunity and helps bring about a hormonal balance too.