Dussehra brings us back to our favourite childhood memories. Ramleela, fireworks, delicacies, and a joyful time with our family. But along with the festivities, Dussehra is celebrated for the victory of good over evil. We honour this victory by burning the effigy of Ravana, Meghnad, and Kumbhkaran. While every Indian festival stands for a plethora of delicacies, it may lead you off track with temptations for your taste buds and spike your sugar levels. However, we can celebrate a diabetes-friendly Dussehra by opting for healthier options over unhealthy temptations.
Let’s make this Dussehra memorable by making healthy lifestyle choices.
Tips to Celebrate a Diabetes-friendly Dussehra
We consume a lot of savoury delights, which are high in sugar and fat. These will further aggravate your diabetic situation. It does not mean that we have to dampen our festive spirit. There are always healthier ways to relish our favourite foods.
To avoid a sudden drop or spike in your sugar levels, make the following changes to your diet:
Stevia over Artificial Sweeteners
Stevia is a natural, plant-based sweetener that is a good option for people with diabetes. Moreover, it has zero calories, which does not cause a sudden spike in your sugar levels. Replace your everyday consumption of sugar with stevia to enjoy its health benefits. You should opt for Stevia Liquid (in moderation, after discussing it with your health coach) to manage your sugar levels in the best possible way.
Herbal Tea over Caffeine
Caffeine is not a good choice for people with diabetes. If you are diabetic, you should replace it with herbal tea. Herbal teas help you to calm your mind and detoxify your body. BeatO’s Herbals teas come packed with health benefits and are suitable for sugar levels.
Sugar-Free Chocolate over Normal Chocolates
Are you feeling guilty about your sugar cravings? Relish dark and sugar-free chocolates. The Sugar-free chocolates offered by BeatO are ideal for people with diabetes. They brim with intense flavours and contain no added sugar.
Quinoa Chips over Deep Fried Snacks
Having deep-fried snacks increases your risk of both type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Replace it with healthier options that are less oily and low on the glycemic index. BeatO’s Quinoa Chips are baked, not fried. Furthermore, they are packed with flavour and help keep your sugar levels under control.
Almond Flour over Maida
Almond flour is low on the glycemic index. Compared to maida or wheat flour, it has fewer sugar and carbs. That’s how it helps you manage your sugar levels more effectively. It is also rich in vitamin E and other antioxidants, which help avoid serious health complications such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.
You do not have to worry much while making the right food choices; being a diabetic, you just have to look for healthier food options to keep your sugar levels in check. Furthermore, consider the portion size of every food item you are consuming and consult your doctor or health coach if required.
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Author – Shahana Khatoon