Eating Healthy During Monsoons

Rain in Delhi strikes late but when it does, it really pours. Unfortunately, there’s only little one can do to avoid getting drenched in the rain. Hence, it is important to keep a watch over your illness before it gets too late.

The Monsoon Diet

Keeping a watch on monsoon diet is the best way to make sure the illness stays away. Monsoon diet is a set of rules that must be followed religiously:

Rule 1: Avoid heavy, salty food as it promotes bloating and water retention.

Rule 2: Avoid too much of fish or meat.

Rule 3: Stock refrigerator with green vegetables, cereals and fruits.

Rule 4: Avoid fried or overcooked food as these affect body’s digestive efficiency. Remember that human digestive system goes weak during rainy season. Hence, you must take extra precautions on what you eat and drink.

Rule 5: Dry foods such as cereals, oats, corn, are chickpea the best food choices as they provide you with all the vital nutrition required.

Rule 6: Avoid watery meals such as curried rice as these are responsible for.

Rule 7: Avoid heavy oils such as sesame and mustard during monsoons. Use light oils such as olive and corn.

Rule 8: Avoid salads and cut fruits during monsoons. Choose steamed salads instead.

Rule 9: Avoid fruits and dishes that are very sour. This means you should avoid pickles, tamarind, and chutneys. These foods promote water retention in the body.

Rule 10: Avoid dairy based eatables such as raita and cottage cheese when eating outside.

Rule 11: Consume bitter vegetables such as bitter gourd, fenugreek seeds, and turmeric.

Dos and Don’ts for Monsoon Diet

Dos:

  • Eat a lot of green leafy vegetables (make sure they are washed thoroughly)
  • Wash fruits and vegetables properly before consuming.
  • Include barley, brown rice and oats in your diet.
  • Add garlic to soups, stir-fries and curries.
  • Avoid milk.
  • Have curd.
  • Drink more water.
  • Use anti-bacterial soap and face wash.
  • Use talcum powder to keep skin dry.

Don’ts:

  • No oily food.
  • Not too much of mangoes.
  • No street food or spicy food.
  • No watermelons or muskmelons.
  • Intake of dairy products should not be high.
  • Don’t ignore skin problems and allergies as these could be a sign of dengue.

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