During Navratri either people fast from morning to evening or eat oily and deep fried vrat food items creating health problems. The Navratri fasting and the eating habits cause damage to health.
The best method to fast during the period is by eating small portions of food. One should eat salads, fruits, milk, water, fresh juice, vegetable juices, lassi, curd, or lemon juice during short intervals. But Why? Earlier people used to meditate during the fasting period – there was inactivity. But now people do lot of activities working, studying, traveling etc – this includes house wives they should also realize that they are working like anyone else. Proper nutrients are needed for these activities. Fasting and working causes dehydration, fatigue, weakness, stomach related disorders. It is like asking a vehicle to run without petrol.
Another method of fasting is eating oily and fried food and lots of sweets. All these foods are gorged in the name of Prasad or vrat foods.
Sabudana vada, potato fries, numerous vrat fried foods, various types of puris, kheer, laddoos and other sweets from temples contain high calorie and a person ends up taking in more calories. And majority of the vrat foods are harmful when eaten on empty stomach. As it is fasting, most people end up consuming more of such foods.
The best option therefore is to include milk, yoghurt, fruits, salads, vegetables, nuts, seeds, dry fruits and coconut in the diet during Navratri fasting. Avoid fried items and opt for simple salads without dressing and simple food.
Another option is to skip all non-vegetarian food during the fasting period and eat vegetarian food. This is much better than starving or over eating the friend snacks and causing harm to the body.