Maha Shivratri: Foods to eat during Shivratri fast...

One of the most auspicious days for Hindus to spend a full day of fasting, maha Shivratri, is quickly approaching. Devotees of Lord shiva fast on this day in order to ask for his divine blessings. On this day, it is thought that Lord shiva and Maa Parvati tied the knot. However, according to another tale, shiva ingested the halahala poison that Samudra Manthan released in order to preserve the Earth. On this day, many people abstain from food and water, but some choose to honor Lord shiva by consuming satvik ahaar, which is suitable for vrats. The celebration takes place one day prior to the new moon on the fourteenth day of the dark (waning) half of the lunar month of Phalguna or Magha. The list of items that must be ingested during the Shivratri fast is provided by Dr. Neeti Sharma, Senior Consultant in Nutrition & Dietetics at Marengo Asia Hospitals.

Accept nutrient-dense foods.

Incorporating nutrient-dense foods is advised by Dr. Sharma to maintain energy levels all day. Choose foods high in important vitamins, minerals, and proteins, such as fresh fruits, nuts, and seeds, and dairy products like yoghurt.

Remain hydrated.

It's critical to drink enough water throughout the fast. Herbal teas, coconut water, and water are great options for preserving fluid balance. Choose natural, hydrating drinks instead of caffeinated ones.

Whole grains provide long-term energy

Your meals can be built around whole grains like water chestnut flour (singhare ka atta), buckwheat (kuttu), and amaranth (rajgira). During the fasting period, complex carbs offer a consistent supply of energy due to their gradual release.

Moderate snacking

Pick nutritious between-meal snacks like fresh fruit chaat or roasted foxnuts (makhana). Deep-fried foods are advised to be avoided as they could cause pain and defeat the intent of the fast.

Dairy treats

Dairy products are a great source of protein, especially paneer and milk. They are essential to include in your fasting diet in order to maintain muscle mass and general health.

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