Cheti Chand 101: A Celebration of New Beginnings and Better Health for Diabetics

 Do you know what Cheti Chand is?
If you are a Sindhi Hindu, you probably do. But if you are not, you might be wondering what this festival is all about. 
Well, Cheti Chand is the Sindhi New Year, celebrated on the first day of the Sindhi month of Chet, which usually falls in March or April. 
It is also the birthday of Jhulelal, the patron saint of Sindhis, who is believed to have saved them from a tyrannical ruler who wanted to convert them to Islam.
Cheti Chand is a festival of joy, gratitude, and hope. It marks the arrival of spring and the harvesting season. It is a time to thank the God of water, Varun Devta, for his blessings and protection. It is also a time to pray for peace, prosperity, and good health for oneself and one’s family. 
 But what does Cheti Chand have to do with diabetes?
Well, as a Diabetes Wellbeing Coach and Diabetes Reversal Expert, I believe that Cheti Chand can be a great opportunity for diabetics to celebrate their new beginnings and better health. How? 
Let me explain.
How Cheti Chand can inspire diabetics to start afresh..? 
Diabetes is a chronic condition that affects millions of people around the world. 
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there were 422 million adults living with diabetes in 2014, and this number is expected to rise to 642 million by 20404 Diabetes can cause serious complications such as heart disease, stroke, kidney failure, blindness, and amputation.
But diabetes is not a death sentence. It can be managed and even reversed with proper diet, exercise, medication, and lifestyle changes. In fact, many studies have shown that type 2 diabetes can be reversed by following a low-carbohydrate diet, intermittent fasting, or bariatric surgery.
So, if you are a diabetic or at risk of developing diabetes, don’t lose hope. You can take charge of your health and turn your life around. And what better time to do that than on Cheti Chand?
Cheti Chand is a celebration of new beginnings and better health for Diabetics. 
Cheti Chand symbolizes the start of a new year and a new cycle of life. It is a time to let go of the past and embrace the future with optimism and enthusiasm. It is a time to make new resolutions and goals for your health and happiness.
As a diabetic, you can use this occasion to reflect on your current situation and decide what changes you want to make in your life. You can set realistic and achievable goals for your blood sugar control, weight loss, exercise routine, stress management, and overall well-being.
You can also use this occasion to seek support from your family, friends, community, and health care professionals. You don’t have to fight diabetes alone. You can find strength and motivation from others who understand your challenges and share your aspirations.
You can also use this occasion to celebrate your achievements and progress. You can reward yourself for your hard work and dedication. You can appreciate your efforts and acknowledge your successes.
 How Cheti Chand can help diabetics connect with their culture and spirituality..? 
Cheti Chand is not only a cultural festival but also a spiritual one. It is a time to honor Jhulelal, the patron saint of Sindhis, who is also known as Uderolal or Dariyalal. He is regarded as an incarnation of Varun Devta or Lord Vishnu.
Jhulelal is revered as the protector of Sindhis from oppression and injustice. He is also seen as the giver of wealth and prosperity. He is depicted as riding on a fish or sitting on a lotus flower in the middle of a river.
Jhulelal represents the power of faith and devotion over adversity and tyranny. He inspires Sindhis to be resilient and courageous in the face of challenges. He also teaches them to be compassionate and tolerant towards others.
As a diabetic, you can use this occasion to connect with your culture and spirituality. You can learn more about the history and significance of Cheti Chand and Jhulelal. 
You can participate in the rituals and traditions that mark this festival.
Some of the rituals and traditions that are followed by Sindhis on Cheti Chand are: 
Chaliho Saheb: 
The most common and widely practised custom is to worship the Water God for forty days. This is done by fasting, praying, singing devotional songs, and performing aarti every evening at a water body.
Baharana Sahib:
 Another important custom observed on this day is the public procession known as Baharana Sahib. This involves carrying an oil lamp, cardamom, sugar, fruits, coconut, and a cloth with Jhulelal’s image on it to a nearby river or lake. The offering is then immersed in the water while singing praises of Jhulelal.
 *Cultural Programs:* 
Some cities also organise various cultural programs on this day to express the rich cultural heritage of Sindhis. These include dance, drama, poetry, folk arts, and music performances.
Worshipping Of Jhulelal: Sindhis also worship Jhulelal at their homes or temples by offering flowers, fruits, sweets, and incense. They also seek his blessings for their well-being and prosperity.
You can also use this occasion to express your gratitude to Jhulelal for his guidance and protection. You can thank him for giving you the strength and courage to cope with diabetes. You can also ask him for his grace and mercy to help you reverse your condition.
 How Cheti Chand can make diabetics happy and healthy..?
Cheti Chand is a festival of happiness and health. It is a time to celebrate life and its blessings. It is a time to enjoy delicious food and drinks with your loved ones. It is a time to have fun and laughter.
 But how can diabetics enjoy Cheti Chand without compromising their health?
Well, here are some tips that can help you have a happy and healthy Cheti Chand:
– Plan ahead: 
Before you indulge in any festive food or drink, make sure you plan your meals and snacks ahead of time. Check your blood sugar levels regularly and adjust your medication accordingly. Avoid skipping meals or overeating.
– Choose wisely: 
When it comes to festive food, choose wisely what you eat and drink. Opt for low-carb, high-fiber, high-protein options that will keep you full and satisfied. Avoid sugary, fried, or processed foods that will spike your blood sugar levels. Drink plenty of water and limit your intake of alcohol or sweetened beverages.
– Exercise regularly:
Don’t let the festive mood stop you from exercising regularly. Exercise can help you lower your blood sugar levels, burn calories, improve your mood, and reduce stress. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity every day. You can also join in some festive activities like dancing or playing games that will keep you active and entertained.
– Relax and enjoy: 
Finally, don’t forget to relax and enjoy yourself on Cheti Chand. Don’t let diabetes ruin your festive spirit. Be positive and optimistic about your health goals. 
– Celebrate your achievements and progress. Appreciate your efforts and acknowledge your successes.
Cheti Chand is a wonderful festival that can inspire diabetics to start afresh, connect with their culture and spirituality, and make them happy and healthy. It is a festival that celebrates new beginnings and better health for diabetics.
So, what are you waiting for? 
Join me in celebrating Cheti Chand 2023 on March
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