Navaratri nine day festival celebrations occur once in every four months but those in August and October (when sun places in Kadakam spring season and Thulam autumn season) are celebrated in a grand way. People who worship Devi on these nine days take fasting as a part of this festival and few people exclude certain food groups from their diet to purify their body, mind and soul.
Whether you stick on rituals or not but a Navaratri diet can be tried as it is one of the healthiest diets. The diet is based on the Ayurvedic ‘Sattva’ principle and a lot of benefits can be attained. Ayurvedic three gunas Sattva, Rajas and Tamas, sattva is maintained in the nine days. The rajasic and tamasic foods like garlic, onions, meat, fish and lentils are stopped and also strong spices like asafoetida and garam masala, stimulants and intoxicants like coffee, tea and alcohol are also avoided. This reduces the intake and presence of toxins, saturated fats and other harmful substances in the body. The diet focuses on the intake of gluten-free whole grains like buckwheat, amaranth, water chestnut and millets, rock salt, vegetables like pumpkin, raw bananas, sweet potatoes and gourds, herbs and spices like ginger, pepper, curry leaves, mint leaves, all types of fruits and dry fruits, milk and dairy products like ghee, yoghurt and paneer, and healthy sweeteners like honey and jiggery that supplies all the essential nutrients your body needs.
To be noted is autumn is the season of disease so the Navaratri diet helps in boosting immune system so that the disease can be kept away. The diet mandates simple cooking methods wrong method prohibits attaining 100% benefits like avoiding deep fried puris and potatoes. Diabetic patient, pregnant women’s or who are in medication should consult a doctor before trying the Navaratri diet.