Imagine this: You're standing at a roadside thela and are just about to eat a delicious plate of tangy paani-puri. Stop right there!
Sorry to burst your bubble, but it's time you reconsidered your decision.
Read on to find out the dos and don'ts to eating in the monsoon!
Drink plenty of water
Summer is behind us, which means that you won't be feeling as thirsty as you did a few months ago.
It also means that you could go without drinking water for several hours and feel 'normal'.
But don't do that!
Thirst signals don't work the same way as hunger signals do.
It is best to keep sipping water continually throughout the day.
Get your daily dose fruits and vegetables
Your immunity (or the immunity of a select few) does go for a bit of a joyride.
To counter this, you need your daily dose of mid-meal fruits and fresh, homemade sabzis with roti.
Fruits and vegetables provide us with antioxidants and act as anti-inflammatory agents, which help kick infections.
A soup to drive away monsoon blues
Monsoon is decent weather for a nice homemade soup with a dash of garlic.
The West essentially worships garlic for its immunity boosting, anti-bacterial and cholesterol lowering properties.
Eat homemade yogurt to soothe your tummy
Monsoon brings with it a queasy stomach.
To soothe your tummy, have some homemade yogurt and eat meals, which are light and easy to digest.
You can have khichdi with kadhi, rice with dal or pulao with raita.
Don't ditch your workouts
So you can't go outdoors for a run, jog, bicycle ride and swimming isn't really an option either.
But don't use monsoon as an excuse to skip your workouts.
You have ample indoor options too.
Stick to homemade food
The culture of eating fried foods during monsoon came about from the fact that frying kills germs in food.
So enjoy your fried treats once in a while during monsoon -- but stick to homemade food please.
Stock up on food during road/train travel
There'll be train delays, endless traffic jams and commuter woes.
Thus, ensure you have ample emergency 'power foods' in your bag for these situations
Stay dry and enjoy the rains while you can.
The author Tehzeeb is a dietitian/nutritionist.
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