Every Chinese New Year, we all look forward to satiate in our favourite snacks and goodies. Pineapple tarts, peanut cookies, yu sheng, bak kwa, fried shrimp rolls, and the list goes on.
With endless gatherings, meeting relatives and friends, we go for many rounds of food that challenge us to keep a balanced diet. Overeating during this period can result in a number of unwanted health issues.
Here are some tips on how to make the most of this festive season the healthy way.
Stay hydrated by drinking right. Make water your best friend this Chinese New Year to keep you from being dehydrated. Water helps to flush off the toxins accumulated from feasting. And, it is zero calories! So, choose plain water over sugary drinks and alcohol.
Don’t visit on an empty stomach. When you are hungry, you tend to overeat without thinking. So, have a light meal or healthy snack such as mandarin oranges, yogurt bar or nuts before visiting or in between visits. This also increase overall fibre intake to meet the daily need.
Eat selectively. Traditional Chinese New Year goodies are delicious and often irresistible, but they are mostly packed with sugar and fats. Check out the calories count of common goodies here.
Watch your portions. It is always tempting to fill your plate with food, especially at a buffet style party. But, imagine doing this at every house you visit, you are more likely to end up being uncomfortably full and bloated. Ration the amount of food you should eat per household. Eat smaller portions and aim to eat not more than 2000 calories in a day.
In relation to plating, bigger plate encourages you to pile on bigger quantity of food. Instead, try using a smaller plate. An optical illusion called “Delboeuf Illusion” explains why plate size significantly impacts food consumption. By using a larger plate, your food is perceived to be smaller than the same size food on a smaller plate. Thus, you can trick your brain by putting food on a smaller plate to feel satisfied with much less.
Stay active. The festive season is no excuse to skip exercising. Why not try out this workout regime?
Prepare a healthy reunion dinner. Homemade dinners are always the healthier option because you get to choose what goes in your dishes. Here are some tips to prepare a healthy yet yummy reunion dinner:
Let us celebrate this Lunar New Year by taking good care of our health.
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