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How To Stay Healthy During The Festive Season, Dr Shikha Nehru Sharma Decodes

How to stay fit and healthy during this festive season, what to eat and what to avoid, Dr Shikha Nehru Sharma, Founder, Nutriwel Health decodes it all.

How To Stay Healthy During The Festive Season, Dr Shikha Nehru Sharma Decodes

New Delhi: How can we enjoy the festive season by eating the right kind of food and ensuring we stay fit and healthy? Team NDTV-Dettol Banega Swasth India during the Facebook Live session interacts with Dr Shikha Nehru Sharma, Founder, Nutriwel Health to know all about it.

Decoding the first step to good health, Dr Shikha Nehru Sharma said,

During the festivals, ensure you are having foods that are natural and healthy. Start with oils, many of these refined oils are toxic for the gut, which is the key source of good immunity. The biggest toxic accumulation starts with the gut and the gut happens to be the first sight of immunity. That means if you consume bad oils, you will damage your immunity. So, ensure you have the good quality oil, preferably the virgin oil.

Dr Shikha Nehru Sharma further urged people to stay away from items loaded with white sugar and said,

Go easy on white sugar. White sugar changes the whole ecosystem of the gut bacteria and reduces the immunity of the body. When we have food items high in white sugar then the bad bacteria which reduces the immunity in our body multiplies at a faster rate.

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Explaining it further, Dr Shikha Nehru Sharma said that this doesn’t mean sweets have to go out of your life. She adds, “You can use natural sugar like dates, raisins, jaggery. Natural sugar items are far more healthier compared to white sugar.”

Sharing a quick tip on how to further enhance the benefits of having natural sugar, Dr Shikha Nehru Sharma said,

Try and have natural sugar alternatives with some form of protein, for example, have a date with milk or paneer. Protein helps slow down the absorption of sugar, which further helps slow down its conversion into a fat deposit.

Dr Shikha Nehru Sharma also stressed on not having very heavy dinners everyday during the festive season. Explaining the dietary dos and don’ts she said,

Once or twice a week if you are having dinners and parties wherein you are enjoying all kinds of food is fine, but not everyday. When you eat after 6pm, the impact on your sleep and insulin is very negative.

Talking about if it is easy to follow a healthy lifestyle, Dr Shikha Nehru Sharma said,

If you fill yourself with things you should be eating then it is easier to let go of things that you shouldn’t be eating. Ensure you are eating in good and wholesome food items as much as possible. If your daily diet has a lot of wholesome grains, your body starts to balance it out on its own.

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Dr Shikha Nehru Sharma also talked about the importance of drinking water, she said, “In today’s time, drinking water has taken a back seat. Make sure you have a big bottle with you at all the times from which you are sipping water every now and then.”

Talking about bloating and how one can avoid it during the festive season, Dr Shikha Nehru Sharma said,

I personally, swear by this rule before i go out for a party – I have a bowl of roasted brown nuts. One it is high in protein, second it is healthy fat, thirdly it gives you a full feeling. Why this is important – because if you go to a party on an empty stomach, you might end up eating a lot of items, you might start with having fried snacks before your meal and you will be eating too fast. All these things end up taking a toll on your health. The second and third tip which I personally follow is to have triphala with one glass of water before going to bed. It is a gut balancer and it helps removing bloating. Lastly, I try and have jasmine infused water.

Talking about if eating less food is the key to good health or not, Dr Sharma said,

Don’t eat less, switch over to having enough of good food. Fill yourself with foods that are healthy and leave space for some of your cravings. Having two bajra or mix atta roti will not make you fat instead that one slice of white bread will. When you have food which are high in glycemic index, you end having more starvation and cravings and more of glycemic index converts into fat deposits. I think awareness is the key to good health.

Dr Sharma ended the discussion by sharing tips for women who will be observing Karva Chauth and fasting on October 24, Sunday.

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She said,

Make sure you break your fast with coconut water. This will take care of the bloating, gas and acidity. Make sure you are not having fried things. On an empty stomach, fried things can create a havoc.

NDTV and Dettol have been working towards a clean and healthy India since 2014 via Banega Swachh India initiative, which is helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. The campaign aims to highlight the inter-dependency of humans and the environment, and of humans on one another with the focus on One Health, One Planet, One Future – Leaving No One Behind. It stresses on the need to take care of, and consider, everyone’s health in India – especially vulnerable communities – the LGBTQ populationindigenous people, India’s different tribes, ethnic and linguistic minorities, people with disabilities, migrants, geographically remote populations, gender and sexual minorities. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign will continue to raise awareness on the same along with focussing on the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children, fight malnutrition, mental wellbeing, self care, science and health, adolescent health & gender awareness. Along with the health of people, the campaign has realised the need to also take care of the health of the eco-system. Our environment is fragile due to human activity,  that is not only over-exploiting available resources, but also generating immense pollution as a result of using and extracting those resources. The imbalance has also led to immense biodiversity loss that has caused one of the biggest threats to human survival – climate change. It has now been described as a “code red for humanity.” The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene. Banega Swasth India will also be taking forward the dream of Swasth Bharat, the campaign feels that only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and the country can become a Swasth or healthy India.


Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,27,61,966 and 52,15,195 have died; 22,35,18,265 are active cases and 3,40,28,506 have recovered as on December 1, 2021 at 3:56 am.


3,45,96,776 8,954Cases
3,40,28,506 10,207Recovered
4,69,247 267Deaths
In India, there are 3,45,96,776 confirmed cases including 4,69,247 deaths. The number of active cases is 99,023 and 3,40,28,506 have recovered as on December 1, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths

66,35,658 678

11,226 299

64,83,435 942

1,40,997 35


51,41,814 4,723

44,314 824

50,57,368 5,370

40,132 177


29,96,148 291

6,445 462

29,51,492 745

38,211 8

Tamil Nadu

27,26,917 720

8,244 47

26,82,192 758

36,481 9

Andhra Pradesh

20,72,909 184

2,149 47

20,56,318 134

14,442 3

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,399 12

89 3

16,87,399 8

22,911 1

West Bengal

16,16,083 705

7,731 2

15,88,866 694

19,486 13


14,40,934 34

287 2

14,15,549 32



10,49,108 228

2,188 23

10,38,509 203

8,411 2


10,06,813 34

318 0

9,92,902 34



9,54,785 15

193 6

9,45,637 9



8,27,475 40

275 13

8,17,108 27


Madhya Pradesh

7,93,170 20

119 7

7,82,523 27



7,71,709 17

163 2

7,61,492 19



7,26,223 4

36 3

7,16,524 7



6,75,994 196

3,591 10

6,68,411 184

3,992 2


6,16,852 144

2,625 30

6,08,124 109

6,103 5


6,03,279 21

325 4

5,86,352 22

16,602 3


3,49,244 12

98 3

3,44,006 9



3,44,255 28

141 9

3,36,706 19


Jammu And Kashmir

3,36,852 171

1,625 1

3,30,751 172


Himachal Pradesh

2,27,195 102

834 10

2,22,513 91

3,848 1


1,78,928 38

284 8

1,75,260 30



1,35,175 365

3,751 54

1,30,927 415

497 4


1,28,924 31

284 12

1,26,768 43



1,25,205 36

649 6

1,22,579 40

1,977 2


84,805 14

81 3

83,900 10

824 1


84,480 19

294 9

82,713 9

1,473 1


65,465 9

65 7

64,580 2


Arunachal Pradesh

55,276 3

35 0

54,961 3



32,242 9

124 3

31,715 6



32,122 13

133 7

31,293 20



21,578 38

276 26

21,088 12


Dadra And Nagar Haveli


1 0





24 0



Andaman And Nicobar Islands


6 2

7,548 2


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