Things To Be Consumed And Avoided During Sawan

In Sanatan Dharma, the Sawan month or the Shravan month is considered very auspicious. As per the Hindu Panchang, Sawan is the fifth month of the year. As we all know that the months in the Hindu Panchang are named on the basis of the presence of the Moon in different Nakshatras on Purnima Tithi. The moon is present in the Shravana, Dhanishta, or Shatabhisha Nakshatra on the full moon day of Sawan. This year, Sawan has already commenced from July 25, 2021 and will end on August 22, 2021.

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Sawan is dedicated to Lord Shiva and people observe fast with utmost devotion during this month. Observing fasts on Mondays of this month holds great significance. There are numerous health benefits of fasting as it strengthens our digestive system, but one must keep a check on the food items they are consuming during the fast, otherwise, it may negatively affect the health.

In this blog, we are giving some suggestions to readers about what to eat and what not during Sawan.

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Which Food Items to be Consumed?

  • The most important thing to keep in mind while fasting is that your body should be well hydrated throughout the day. For this, one must consume at least 7-8 glasses of water on the day of fast.
  • Being on an empty stomach for a long duration can cause acidity. To avoid this, keep having fruits at regular intervals of half an hour or so.
  • Consume juicy fruits like oranges, sweet lime, etc., to maintain a good water level in the body.
  • You can have buttermilk with some fruits in the morning. Along with this, you can also eat almonds soaked in milk.

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  • If you consume rock salt during the fast, you can enjoy dishes made from sago (Sabudana) at lunch. Apart from this, you can eat Puris made with buckwheat (Kuttu Ka Atta) along with potato curry during lunch. You can also have a bowl of curd along with it.
  • If you refrain from consuming rock salt, you can either consume milk or have curd during lunch. You can also have a sweet dish made with milk. It is better if you use jaggery instead of sugar.
  • Banana is considered a completed meal in itself. Therefore, you must include bananas in your meals during the fast. It will keep you energised throughout the day.
  • In the evening, you can have dry fruits as snacks with tea. Apart from this, you can eat different types of chips made especially for the fasts that are available in the market.

Which Food Items to be Avoided?

  • Avoid consuming condensed or buttermilk in large quantities.
  • Refrain from consuming fried food items as it can weaken your digestive system.
  • Cheese and milk may make you feel lethargic. So, it is better to consume them in small quantities while fasting.

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