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The deepest spiritual period of the year arrives for Jains today with the festival of Paryushana. For eight or 10 days (Swetambar Jains observe Paryushana for eight days; Digambar Jains observe for 10), adherents fast, study sacred texts and make a renewal of faith. The ‘Paryushan Parva’ celebrated annually for self-purification and uplift is meant to adhere to the ten universal virtues in practical life; and leads us on the right path, far from the mad strife for material prosperity, which ultimately leads us to our true destination i.e., salvation.
In comparison to other world religions, Jainism incorporates an especially deep concern and respect for all living beings, from animals and insects to plants and root vegetables. Jain monks uphold this value to the highest level.

What is Fasting?

Fasting is a broad term for any sort of abstinence from food, drink (besides water), or both for any period of time. It can be applied specifically, in an absolute cessation of all consumption of food or drink for a limited period of time. Essentially, the definition of fasting is determined by the metabolic state of the body after
the complete absorption of a meal. Metabolic changes begin after 3 – 5 hours post-meal, and prolonged fasting is any fast that continues from 8 – 72 hours or more. There are many reasons for fasting. Medically, the metabolic changes that occur can be necessary for diagnostic tests and observations, as well as therapy for various conditions.

Keep It Fit While Fasting:

  • Eat complex carbohydrates, unsaturated fats with adequate protein like good carbs, cereals, legumes
  • Break your fast with small sips of water and then aim to drink at least 5-7 glasses of water before and after your fast.
  • Try intermittent fasting, or fasting every other day. On alternate days, eat as you normally would.
  • Try to reduce the density of your meals prior to beginning a fast. If you load up on rich, dense, calorie heavy meals. Eat fresh, healthy, light meals before undertaking
  • any fast.
  • Set food guidelines, such as no eating after 6-7 pm (CHOVIYAR), or drinking a full glass of water as soon as you wake up.
  • Avoid sleeping immediately after you have broken your fast.
  • Limit your intake of coffee and concentrated fruit juices.
  • Avoid overeating.
  • Avoid eating lot of pickles, spices and pepper.
  • Use whole grains and pulses
  • Include bajra, nachni, jowar, and oats in your diet for fiber
  • Add oats while making dough for roti
  • Also you can have bajra or nachni roti
  • Drink atleast 8-12 glasses of water per day
  • Have milk, tea or coffee (in minimal quanitities, excess intake can cause dehydration)
  • Have dal soups, buttermilk and porridges
  • If doing choviyar, add milk or fruits like apple, pear, and papaya. It will help you to maintain blood sugars in normal range for a longer period of time.

Healthy Benefits Of Choviyaar:

Eating dinner early or Choviyaar and hitting the sack soon to get decent hours of sleep will prevent overeating at night. It is believed that late night dinner is linked with obesity. When you eat an early dinner, it will help to lose weight rapidly as you would know what you are eating and the amount of calorie intake.

  • Weight Control
  • No Heartburn, No Acidity, No Constipation & No Bloating
  • More Energy
  • More Time For Digestion
  • Healthier Heart
  • End To Stomach Ailments

Note: If having any health issues minor or severe do consult your doctor or a Nutritionist before doing any fasting.

Curated By Vidhhi Mehtaa