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Indians celebrate a wide range of festivals and rituals like Diwali, Holi, Ganesh chaturthi, lohri etc. None of these festivals are complete without the food extravaganza.Indian sweets are rich in ghee and sugar. There is a wide variety of Indian sweets like barfi’s, ladoo’s, halwa’s, gujjia’s and puranpoli’s which are served in the different festivals resulting in high blood sugar levels.

Diwali the “Festival of Lights” is one of the most celebrated festivals in India.Exchanging gifts, which include sweets and dried fruits, is an important aspect of the holiday. Food and merry making take center stage for the entire duration of the festival. This can become a big problem for people with diabetes. It becomes very difficult to resist the temptation to eat sweets especially when that is all you are served when you visit somebody’s house as a guest.

Holi, the festival of colors is another widely celebrated Indian festival. The typical Holi delicacies are “gujjia”and “puranpoli” which have very high sugar and ghee content. Higher the number of calories a diabetic patient consumes, higher is the health risk. If you are a diabetic, you don’t need to be upset about not being able to enjoy all the festivities.

There are a few tips which will help you enjoy without causing any repercussions on your health.
  • Maintain consistent food habits – One day prior to celebrations, people tend to eat less as an effort to reduce their calorie intake which is a strategy that often goes haywire. This leads to binging and over-eating on the day of the festivities, thus causing more harm than good as the food served on the day of celebrations is usually richer and heavier than normal.
  • Eat small portions- It is often misunderstood that people with diabetes need to totally curtail their sweet consumption. Eating in moderation is the key here. You can have all that you desire, but in small portions. This leaves you feeling happy and your body happier.
  • Instead of getting sweets from the regular sweets shop try making the delicacies at home. When sweets are made are home, you tend to be more careful with the quantities of sugar, ghee, butter, dry fruits in the dish.
  • Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated
  • Eat more salads to curb over-eating
  • Dancing – usually a part of celebrations can be a good source of activity and exercise.
  • Eating slowly helps you relish the taste of sweets without over-eating.
  • Work smartly with ingredients - : Puranpoli is a traditional recipe which can be prepared in a healthier way by replacing jaggery with sugar free substitute
  • Eat protein rich food item with each meal such as dal, paneer, curds or buttermilk which helps to reduce sweet craving
  • Exercise in the morning before you go out to celebrate, which will help keep your blood glucose levels in check, and burn off some calories before you take in some more.
  • Remember to adjust your medication to cover your sweet consumption and keep your blood glucose in control. Keep in mind that extra insulin will “cover” the carbs but only exercise will work off the extra calories.