Navratri Fasting: 5 Tips to Revive, Revitalize and Rejuvenate
Navratri is not just about festivities and fasting. It’s a time to rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. Navratri Vrat is an organic way to cleanse your body with the right food. Many abstain themselves from consuming food prepared with onion and garlic as ingredients and non-vegetarian food items. Rather than a way of spiritual cleansing, this Indian festival has its relevance from a scientific point of view. Since the festival occurs during a change of the seasons, avoiding rich foods can help you gain more immunity.
Refresh Your Inner Self
Nine days of fasting can help to detoxify your body with a perfect diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, pulses and unsweetened beverages. It is said that avoiding alcohol, meat, fish and other food items with garlic and onion . A major benefit of fasting is that it makes you self-disciplined from consuming unwanted food items.
Fasting during Navratri is easy for a person who has been used to it for some years. They are aware of the food items they should select and their body’s response to fasting. But for a newbie, it need not be so easy. A healthy diet pattern can help them to have a good time revitalizing themselves. Here goes my easy diet tips that will help you to have a smooth sail during your Navratri Vrat journey.
Tip#1 Stay hydrated
Drinking plenty of water is essential to maintain an optimum electrolyte balance and flush out the toxins from your body. You can include fresh fruit juices, coconut water, sugarcane juice and other vegetable juices. Drinking herbal tea also helps to ease your fasting experience and soothe the effects of your changed food habits. However, reducing the intake of normal tea and coffee is recommended because it can dehydrate the body.
Tip#2 Include more vegetables and fruits
Vegetables like sweet potato, pumpkin, raw banana, papaya and bottle gourd are rich in minerals. It is ideal to have your vegetables eaten raw or steamed. Beginning your day with a fruit bowl full of nutrients keeps you energized throughout the day. As in every fasting routine, it is essential to consume fruits and vegetables packed with vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients. These will help to maintain your bowel health.
Tip#3 Nuts, dry fruits and natural sweeteners
Dry nuts and fruits are sources of protein and healthy fats. They are also recommended to have a good start of your day. Dry fruits are healthy substitutes for daily snacks. Dates, walnuts, almonds, cashews, and groundnut are instant sources of energy. Use organic jaggery or honey instead of refined sugar to sweeten your dishes. Consuming dry nuts and fruits will also keep you full during fasting.
Tip#4 Include healthy traditional Navratri Vrat food items
Including the right ingredients in your diet is recommended. These ingredients include food prepared with traditional items like sabudhana (sago), buckwheat, and millet. These food items are rich in carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, and other dietary fibers. Since gluten-free, they are ideal for your diet plan. In South India, we usually go for boiled pulses like Bengal gram and rice flakes with jaggery , coconut.
Tip#5 Have small meals at regular intervals
Having small meals at regular intervals can help to maintain the glucose level in the body. This will help you to maintain an optimal energy level throughout the day. Fasting reduces the insulin production in your body and hence, steady doses of sugar is necessary. Rather, intermittent meals will never make you feel hungry.
Rituals and wellness fuse for a better self
However, for some people Navratri is a time to relish on more fried and sugary food. This also needs immense attention. While breaking the fast, there are chances of overeating. Eating packaged foods and sweets, and eating out instead of home-cooked food can spoil the benefits of the nine-day fasting. But if you can stick on to the aforesaid five diet tips, it can bring you good results and a happy fasting.
The festival of Navratri is rich in traditions. It’s also a time for us to relax and revitalize ourselves with more positive energy. Fasting cleanses our body, flushing out the toxins. Once your body is clean, it cascades to your mind and makes you calm. Thus it boosts your overall well-being fairly fast.
If you are looking forward to stay fit even after your Navratri fasting, you can reach me for a detailed diet plan.
Oct 18, 2020
DIET AND MEDITATION – Lockdown Emotion Healing
Being a Dietician , my research was always focused on simple easy diet options suitable for my clients and according to their preference and locality. Since I am living here in Kerala ,”God’s own Country” and majority of my clients even though they settled in different parts of the world I just experiment more into their gene type and childhood. Since most of the food we tasted during the first one year have an influence on our system and even the person who serve food especially in the absence of mother or the emotions of care taker also have a metaphysical effect on the child. There are so many factors other than food which make a person enjoy the moment of life into more meaning and stress free .
If you are a a person who bought up in a stressful home were no one listen to your emotions or instead of getting a hug or listening busy parents often shows love by presenting more food as rewards and thus a kid bought up in such situation may get attracted to the food when ever they need some love or someone to listen .So just understand the emotions and feelings and write it down to understand who you are in essence. May be emotions are many and each person feel it differently. Emotional quotient and spiritual quotient are equally important as intelligent quotient. Particularly during current scenarios of Covid and related depression, in a country like India or South India where we have 100% literacy and more focus on education and profession than understanding the delicate emotions or energy. Heart is more intelligent than our brain .
Being a Meditator for the last 20 years, I did experiments, and underwent stages of painful transformation. I was born and brought up in a house of spiritual freedom. My father was a Veterinary Surgeon who was an advanced spiritual soul, extraordinary person in an ordinary community who flourish in light with his own hard work and insights. The way he put out his passion to build a business was different. Its more of farmers friendly and supportive research and breed developments which is suitable for Kerala and is an inspiration for many. May be the way his energy and dedication made us to explore our own purpose than following the money he saved. He never interfere but said each soul read and understand spirituality based on their maturity. So we have no strict rituals at home. We used to visit temple, church or even do Ramadan fasting with lot of friends and families. During Onam celebrations or food festivals, whenever anyone who visit home were served with a lot of food even though they come for purchasing something and all his knowledge he share free to society. After shifted to a city and marriage made a lot of conflict and mind was not ready to accept the new system of business modules tried tested and failed and thus moved in a unique way of understanding and free services limited to those who truly deserve or the one who understand the value of energy and the transformation in their system. May be the way father advised to study in Agriculture College to study Food Science and Nutrition with scholarship helped to understand what exactly food science means and its connection to nature and natural produces or to support local farming . During this lockdown, in order to support the community from severe anxiety issues, I started online free retreats of meditation and knowledge sharing to make them understand their true light and master inside which is really helping my clients and friends who understand this journey and current cosmic energy shifts which is predicted earlier and even written in my book “Diet and Meditation for Emotional Eating”
If you ask me the benefits of meditation, I will say it is being with the God inside. A meditator understands the journey and masters in higher dimension channel. Their messages and guide for the highest good, which is what I understood. Now being guided by Himalayan masters or even Christ consciousness or Buddha consciousness which I am learning and experimenting in the last 2 years or being connected to such freedom of spirituality were the masters advice us the true path of enlightenment as to follow our own soul. and it heals automatically by just sitting and observing the breath, which is our master. Freedom and experiment helps people to understand their unique essence than blind following of ritual in three dimension or following a Guru or stuck in the path when universe itself is helping us to shift consciousness and evolve to love frequency of heart like the innocence of a child to get charged with the light codes from nature. Removing all lower dimension program of sin, guilt, shame and pain created by structured religion which hide truth and breaking all barriers that affects your uniqueness is what the masters channeling it through my work or just an object were this light is passed to those who seek knowledge or wisdom .May be many times the words trigger others but that is also a process of clearing the blocks in society which is dominated with just money, manipulation and spirituality marketing and conversion to another religion or system making them away from truth and more suffering. From 2020 onwards we are our own master creators and our path is already defined. But just be yourself than trying to be one among the group .
When I started my spiritual practices during adolescence my father gave me a copy of “Gayathri Mantra” book written by babaji of Shaktikunj Haridwar. It was a new experience for me and I used to do all rituals and the mother which is a universal prayer and beejmantra it was such an intuition and improvement in studies and talent. I couldn’t visit that place or never got a Guru directly. But during my college days one of my classmate told about a spiritual class of an organisation were I blindly followed the rituals and techniques and forgot chanting my mantra. After so many years of so much energy blockages and so much karma clearing and sequences of events in family and loss which cannot be answered by medical science, I myself understood the spiritual bypassing is not spirituality. But inner healing and clearing and understanding the self. A situation was formed in my life were I seek help of a mentor from other part of the world in higher dimension of energy or a mirror which helped to understand truth and unconditional love. His name was connected to Christ and he said “Gayathri your name itself is divine, no need to follow any lower dimension ideas and that’s why your parents put that name and listen Gayathri Mantra ,understand your light and no need to help everyone but the one who comes to you” which made me to realise what I missed in life and why I gave importance to everyone else to suffer and 14 years of married life was also a good learning period, healing and clearing a past life. But I always cherish what life gave and this motherhood to experience true unconditional love and thus I could understand others and help them by seeing the solutions in another dimension. Even though truth is a bit painful, your soul love to listen to your truth than living in shadow, or life inside a golden cage but to fly and sky is the limit or clearing and healing our past with forgiveness is the path of enlightenment. Our soul forgets when we come to earth school and add more karma than clearing what it triggers.
May be due to the pain in understanding people skip their childhood experiences and mask it with profession, or migrating to other country or achieve lots of material. But it never satisfies them and no one can take anything from mother earth except the love that you give or receive or the skills you learn. Karma is not punishment but its a science to heal and clear the dense energy and mediating is one of the major process in evolving and being guided to walk in purpose and support humanity. May be many souls who is in the beginning layers of learning cannot understand what meditation or mindfulness is. It is not the meditation that we are talking about and experiencing different layers of body and even the travel to whole universe and experiencing the extra terrestrial beings or the light which cannot be totally understood by logic brain. Many of my clients who are physicians or bank employers struggled to understand this dimension. But after a month of meditation together online they all are experiencing their life path clearing old programming where all power was given to family society or knowledge reading in book. Let us see the worth and master inside and heal the planet earth during this ascension with good emotions of love, which heals .
Love,light ,peace and joy
May 03, 2020
Lock down Obesity and Emotional Eating
Lock down is a period of self realisation. Due to various reason and financial instability, many of my clients are worried. They all are connected from different parts of the world through Nutrisolutions’ Global Community social media platform. One – to – one communications are helping them to come out of the trauma. The current pandemic situation is really affecting the mind, body, emotions as well as the thought process. In order to support the community, a movement to uplift the mind was started earlier. We have also initiated a worldwide meditation 2020 program where we connect twice daily through group meditation.
Although Nutrition is the science of food, it is also connected to the wellbeing of our emotions. The approach of dietician in understanding the situation as well as the food culture, personal preference or religious belief. Particularly in a country like India where we do a lot of rituals or social functions is also connected to food habits. Now due to Ramadan many of them are into deep meditation and intermittent fasting. It is purifying the mind and even the emotions. Food plays a major role in mental health and stability. The nutrients in a balanced diet help and water play a major role in brain health and our body is more of water . There is no super food or immunity boosters. But your own daily nourishment from local available sources and a customised plan with right motivation shows more results than reading lot of nutrition tips and applying everything.
Emotions are energy in motion. It has a major role in affecting the body and mind. Stress is a part of modern world where each one is running for something like others around them. A few minutes of meditation actually helps my clients to find the root causes of that they are affected. Food is not the only source of energy but the suggestion we give to our own self. When we are relaxed and with more universal energy from meditation, it clears all the blockages of life and new opportunities enter into the life. So this period is really important to understand the true purpose .I always feel so much happiness for this passion in creating awareness on healthy eating and local low cost food and the transformation it brings in people,their emotions and relationship. Writing down all emotions and some tips to save energy for the day make you feel more better and self love, which is the opposite of anxiety and fear .When we are in fear we create a lower vibration energy. Always remember that world food chain is affected according to WHO and remember the chances of starvation when you feel like to over eat. May be our ancestors faced more of these pain and starvation which made us to store more fat percentage and more chances of obesity in our gene. Some studies shows that Asians have more chances and our body type or mind set is different. We cannot take world standard in the case of obesity since there are so many factors which is correlated to weight gain and the approach towards the problem .
“Gayathri I am really happy for you and all your advice which is helping me a lot during lock down to overcome stress and living within my budget but with all daily needs of nutrients. Now I am surprised to note that this diet is not only for weight loss but for a better nutrition support for my family and easy cooking recipe eating everything that I love without guilt and each follow up with your personal attention is helping me to get more energy and hope to reach my target of 10kg weight loss in just 90days and it is sustainable too since my friends suggested your program and community support” , This is the feedback from a client and many of them are remembering their hidden skills and new passion for their life of peace and joy.
Hope for the best and we all are connected. You are not alone. Just hug your inner self and say that this is the best period in your life to understand the reality how much you need in your life and a period of shift in consciousness and more gratitude to planet earth for providing all food, water, air ,sunlight ad everything we need but we try to replace it with artificial sources and the trap of listening to too much information than the truth which helps you to connect and sustain.
love light peace & joy
Apr 26, 2020