The festive season is knocking at our doors and it is the time of joy and celebration. With the presence of puja feast all around us, we are stuffed with traditional food items. Durga Puja is a time of celebration and welcoming Maa Durga in our houses. Well, in this pious atmosphere make sure that you keep your diet in check and do not get overboard on calories.

We all know that India has some traditional food and sweet items that cannot be ignored during the time of a festival, however, it is important to control our taste buds and focus on being healthy without over boarding any extra calories.

As one festival makes way for another, restraint is the key to staying healthy even as you enjoy the traditional festive spread of sweets and savory treats.

Foods rich in saturated fats and hydrogenated fats (dalda): Saturated fats are coconut oil, palm oil, butter, ghee, cream, cheese and cottage cheese. Hydrogenated fats are margarine or dalda. Saturated fats and hydrogenated fats-rich foods increase the risk of some degenerative diseases. Avoid the products made from the above fats in this festive season.

Foods rich in salt: Excess salt in food items can cause water preservation. Water retention also dehydrates the body which is not good in already hot weather conditions. So make sure to avoid food items that are rich in salt to remain healthy.

High-fat dairy products: Whole milk and products made from it (butter, cheese, cottage cheese and cream) are high in fats and can increase calorie level in your body. Vegetarians may include some high-fat dairy products as a source of vitamins A, D and B12 in their diets.  Limit intake of high-fat dairy products in this Durga Puja feast to make sure that you are holding any extra weight after the festival.

So, make sure that you look after the food that you intake in this season of puja.

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