Onam is celebrated every year by the people of Kerala in the month of ‘Chingham’. This festival marks the return of the demon king Mahabali. The reign of King Mahabali was considered a golden time for Kerala. Hence, this festival is marked by grandeur, delicacies and absolute joy among the people of Kerala.
In India, festivals are always associated with lavish festivals and grandeur, and Onam is no different. Everyone loves to pamper themselves with delicious food in the middle of the festivities and to celebrate with their family and friends. But if you are a diabetic, you need to pay attention to the very specific do’s and don’ts during the celebrations, which includes everything from closely monitoring your consumption to your daily practices to keep your sugar levels in check.
“Abnormal sugar levels can cause various cardiometabolic disorders, suppress immunity, and leave the patient prone to bacterial and fungal infections. In the midst of the ongoing Covid situation, it is important to keep your vital signs in check as diabetes or other comorbidities can make your health worse when accompanied by Covid, “said Dr. Mudit Sabharwal, Consulting Diabetologist and Head – Medical Affairs, BeatO.
Here is a list of do’s and don’ts to enable you to manage diabetes efficiently, as shared by the expert
Eating healthy – Onam cannot be imagined without Onam Sadhya, which is important for his 26 dishes spread out on a banana leaf. While you may want to try each and every one of them, it’s better to avoid fried ones and opt for boiled or grilled ones instead. You can also replace the unhealthy snacks with fruits and nuts and satisfy your hunger in a healthy way.
Stay Hydrated – It’s important to stay hydrated at all times. Especially in this hot and humid season, we often feel the urge to have a drink to quench our thirst. However, if you are a diabetic, it is advisable to only consume water-based drinks or diet soda to keep your sugar levels under control. Consuming drinks that are too sugary or too carbonated can cause your sugar levels to rise. You can also consume herbal teas to help boost your immunity and ensure the best detox.
Stay Active and Stress-Free – Staying active and stress-free is an important part of keeping your sugar levels under control. You should regularly follow a fitness program to avoid obesity, high blood pressure, and other chronic conditions related to diabetes.
Check your blood sugar and take your medication on time – always keep your sugar test kit with you during the festivities and check your sugar level on the go. It’s also important to get your insulin dose and other diabetes medications timely to avoid complications.
Avoid Desserts / Sweets – We all like to enjoy Indian sweets during festivals. Whether Mithai, Barfi or other delicacies, they all have a special place in our hearts. However, we shouldn’t forget about the dangerous effect they can have on our sugar levels. It is advisable to only consume those made with natural sweeteners such as stevia if we want to satisfy our sweet tooth.
Avoid Fasting – Fasting can cause your sugar levels to drop. Fasting during religious events may seem inevitable, but you should always keep an eye on your health.
Avoid banquets – parties can be overwhelming and often can make you forget the need to hold back from overeating. Eating too much can cause your blood sugar levels to rise. Make sure to stay vigilant and eat a healthy and nutritious diet in moderation to keep your calorie and fiber intake in check.
Make the most of the festival of Onam by keeping your sugar levels under control. Monitor them regularly and continue to follow the practices recommended by your doctor or health trainer.