Karva Chauth is just around the corner. All women are ready with their clothes, jewellery, mehendi designs and everything they need to look gorgeous. This is one festival, which all women look forward to the whole year. And their joy knows no bounds when it finally arrives.
Having said that, Karva Chauth, despite being a very fun and colourful festival, is also the most difficult fast women have to keep after their wedding. Unlike other occasional fasts, this one requires them not to eat anything the entire day. Forget that; they are not even supposed to have a sip of water until the moon comes out in the sky. But women keep it happily, as it is believed that this fast is observed for the long and prosperous life of one’s husband or life partner.
Though, it is difficult for all women out there to observe such a difficult fast, it gets even more difficult for those women who are working. Managing office and fasting together is like a challenge. But fret not. We have some really helpful solutions for you, which if followed, will help all you office-going ladies (and even the lovely home-makers) in minimising the side-effects of such long-fasting. Here you go.
The first and foremost thing to do is eat you sargi properly. It is that meal which women have early in the morning before the fast begins. Try and have as many nuts (almond, raisins, cashews etc) and milk products as you can. Eating foods rich in protein will keep you full for a longer period. On the other hand, consuming sugary or fatty foods will make you feel hungry sooner.
Apart from the traditional way of keeping the fast, younger women are opting for more modern and healthier ways of fasting. Do not let the toxins that are released in your body affect your health. In the evening, sip some juice or eat a fruit. That will restore some of the energy in your body.
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Do not over-work yourself while in office. Your boss will be understanding on that day, as even he/she knows how difficult it is to manage work with a crucial fast like this one.
Rather than focusing on how you are not able to eat or drink, focus your energy on thinking about how amazing you will look and what a fun evening it will be once you are home.
To not think about your fast much, is the key to be able to keep it properly. If you keep thinking how hungry you are, you will feel it more. So, distract yourself. Talk to your colleagues, invest time in work (but remember- no over-working), talk to your hubby dearest for a while and make some plans for the night.
Now, the most testing part of the entire day is when people around you eat. It makes you want to dig in too, especially after staying hungry for such a long time. But do not worry. Calm yourself by thinking about all the great food you will be able to enjoy later. Do not sit with your colleagues when they are having lunch or evening tea. Rather, take a relaxing walk around the office complex, listen to some music, or watch some online shows.
Now that the day is over, chanda mama is finally out and you have opened your fast, remember to eat healthy. Do not drink coffee or tea, as they can elevate the acids in your stomach (which was empty the whole day). Also, avoid fried and fatty foods. Only open your fast with water or fresh fruit juice. Later, go for healthier food options rather than pooris and kachoris as they might interfere with your digestion too.
This is the most important thing you should be aware of. Long fasting and working side-by-side may lead to dizziness, nausea, acidity etc. If you experience these things, do not get scared. But, if you feel that you are getting really sick and cannot take it any longer, do not be stringent and eat something. After all, health comes first.
So, now that you know all the tips and tricks to nail the Karva Chauth fast, do not waste time. Go and get your pretty clothes and jewellery ready. But yes, do not forget to take care of your health while you celebrate. Happy fasting!