Eat fresh fruits
As per experts, to keep the body energized, it is recommended to eat fresh fruits or even dry fruits. Fruits like apples, blackberries, bananas, grapes, walnuts, almonds, and dates can be consumed, which will keep you active and boost immunity as well.
On this day, donating food and water is considered a noble act. And when you are observing a fast, it is suggested that you donate food to the needy. It is believed that the act of donating brings happiness and prosperity. Also, during the Janmashtami fast, feeding the cows is considered noble, as cows are very close to Lord Krishna.
Consume milk and curd
This festival is incomplete without milk and curd. While fasting, you may indulge in shakes made with fresh fruits, or you may drink sweet lassi or salty lassi made with curd and sendha namak.
In many regions, people observe the nirjala fast (avoid food and water) on Janmashtami, while others eat vrat ka khana. If you follow the latter, you may indulge in sabudana papad, sabudana khichdi, kuttu paratha, or samak rice cooked in desi ghee and sendha namak to keep the body healthy and energized.
Avoid meat and eggs
While observing a fast, the consumption of meat and non-vegetarian food is strictly prohibited.
Avoid onions and garlic
On this day, people avoid eating and cooking onions and garlic. Also, the feast or bhog prepared for the Janmashtami festival doesn’t use onion or garlic.
Avoid tea or coffee
As per experts, one should avoid indulging in tea and coffee, as they create acidity and may cause uneasiness, heaviness, and headaches while fasting.
On this day, people also avoid consuming alcohol, tobacco, and cigarettes.
Avoid oily food
It is also suggested to avoid oily foods to keep the gut healthy and avoid laziness.
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