Surya Grahan 2019: Should You Really Avoid Eating During Solar Eclipse?

Surya Grahan or solar eclipse 2019 is set to take place on December 26 tomorrow. The interest around the solar eclipse is increasing with every hour.

Surya Grahan 2019: Should You Really Avoid Eating During Solar Eclipse?

The annual solar eclipse or Surya Grahan of the year is set to take place tomorrow, December 26, 2019. Sky watchers are all set to witness solar eclipse in 2019 (surya grahan) on, 26th December, and is the time when the Moon will eclipses the Sun to form a ‘ring of fire' in the sky. This time, the solar eclipse will be visible in countries like India, and some parts of North/East Africa and North/West Australia.The passing of the Sun's light from the Moon will form a negative shadow, which will look like a ring of fire.  

Surya Grahan 2019: Time of Solar Eclipse In India

The annular solar eclipse will last for a maximum of three minutes and 40 seconds. While partial social eclipse will appear at the first location at 7:59:53am IST on Thursday, December 26, full solar eclipse will appear at 9:04:33am IST, and then move to maximum eclipse position at 10:47:46 am IST. 

(Also Read: Surya Grahan 2019: Date, Time In India, Significance and Dietary Do's and Dont's For Solar Eclipse )

Solar eclipse 2019: How does the solar eclipse affect your eating habits? Myths Associated With Eclipse

There are several myths and belief across the world associated with both solar and lunar eclipse. In many communities in India too it is believed that during the time of the eclipse people should refrain from eating food, cook, or drink water and preferably avoid all outdoor activities. In yogic practice one is advised to increase the quantity of food with the rise in Sun and reduce the quantity of food in meals with the setting of the Sun, therefore in the temporary absence of the sun rays and light, it is said one should avoid eating very heavy food. 

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Surya Grahan 2019 (Solar eclipse): It is not advisable to watch the eclipse through naked eyes

Dr. Mitali Madhusmita , Senior Doctor, Sri Sri Tattva Panchakarma says "It is advisable to have any food two hours prior to eclipse or after. In the absence of sunlight, the bacteria tend to get active, which could affect the nutritive profile of your food and prove detrimental for health. In fact, one should avoid cooking too for the same reason. This time around the eclipse is just for an hour, so it should not be so difficult to fast. People who are sick or tired, may not fast for the eclipse period."

Solar Eclipse 2019: These are the guidelines she suggests for eating on the eclipse day.

1. Who should fast? People who are sick or are old may refrain from fasting. They can have light sattvik food that is easy to digest. To maintain their electrolyte balance they should load up on fluids like soups and juices. Nuts are very effective to induce strength and endurance.

2. What about water? Best to avoid water too, because the absence of sun rays may aggravate bacterial action, Dr Madhusmita suggests. But if you are sick, or old are pregnant you can consume lukewarm or boiled water with 8-10 drops of tulsi drops added in it, it has anti-bacterial qualities. It is also a good idea to drink up on tender coconut water, it helps vitalise your body with essential nutrients and electrolytes. Drinking some before the eclipse will help keep you energised through the fast too. 

3. Foods to avoid: According to Dr Madhusmita, one should particularly avoid non-vegetarian food, alcohol, fermented foods and high protein food during the eclipse as these foods are heavy. According to her, ideally one should be meditating during eclipse, as it is said to affect your emotional well-being. Some people experience mood swings. Therefore, to complement your meditation, light food is the best. 

4. Post Eclipse: People can resume their usual diet after the eclipse. Eating fruits, especially the ones that are in season is a good idea as they are full of vital antioxidants that helps replenish the body from within. Raisins are full of natural sugars and great energy boosters, so you can include them too. 

5.Cooking after eclipse: When you are cooking after the eclipse, you can cook the way you want. But it is a good idea to include turmeric in your food. Turmeric has food immunomodulatory properties, which can help restore your immunity and overall health.  

Many sections of modern science believe that one need not bring about any change in the diet whatsoever. As part of their argument, the temporary position of the celestial bodies need not call for drastic changes, especially because these bodies are always moving. 

So whether you chose to eat during this partial eclipse or not is entirely dependant on your beliefs and we do not advocate one against the other. 

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