Do: Enjoy the festival.
Don’t: feel guilty.
 
The best way you can enjoy this festival season – is to enjoy it. Without guilt. You’re going to eat that extra ladoo, so you may as well laugh about it. Laughing away the guilt is a surprisingly fabulous way to keep fit, that the dietician forgot to tell you about.
 

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Burn it up
(and not just the diyas).
 
The festival season churns out the most mouth-watering sweets and snacks, and you can’t say No. So eat them and burn them off – here’s a guide on how you can go about your Diwali day, and lose while you eat.
 

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Make your snacks healthy too.
 
You can’t help reaching out for a sweet, when you know this is the season of indulgence. So celebrate Good over Evil, by opting for some of the good, healthy ingredients. Use jaggery or honey instead of sugar, whole wheat grains instead of refined sooji or wheat, nuts and dried fruit to sweeten anything. You can make your regular ladoos or pedas, out of a dry-fruit-oats mix instead of all that sugar and boondi.
 

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Follow the 80/20 rule.
 
The fun part of this rule is that you can indulge in your favourite treats, because let’s face it – a festive season without even tasting any of those temptations is no festive season at all. So here it is: Stick to a well-planned diet that meets your energy and nutrient requirements 80% of the time, and enjoy the fun stuff the remaining 20%.
 

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