Feast Wisely this Festive Season
From the irresistible bak kwa to melt in your mouth kueh bangkit and crunchy love letters, the Lunar New Year provides ample temptation for us to overeat. We may think that overeating during the festive season is perfectly fine as it is only once a year, but it is actually not a good idea to do so.
Why the Chinese New Year binge is a bad idea:
- It makes us feel worse about ourselves: Overeating during the holiday season can create feelings of guilt in us. Our self-image may become affected.
- We put on weight over the long term: Research has shown that the weight we put on over the holiday period may stay with us.
- It makes us feel tired: When we overeat, our body needs to focus on more digesting what we have eaten, particularly when we eat foods that are processed and high in fat and sugar. Consequently, we may notice that our energy levels drop. We may also experience the unpleasant sensation of heartburn, dizziness, nausea and general discomfort when we eat too much.
Tips to keep the weight off this Lunar New Year:
- Enjoy, not binge: Try to be mindful of what your tummy is telling you. Are you reaching out for that pineapple tart because you’re hungry? Instead of stuffing, savour each bite. Quality, not quantity, is key.
- Pace yourself: Try to pace yourself when eating or snacking. Instead of “saving” by skipping meals to eat more, try having a healthy snack before having a meal to fill yourself up first. Also, watch the portions you take and opt for more fruits and vegetables instead of calorie-laden fried foods.
- Choose healthier options: Instead of sugary and calorie-laden soft drinks, opt for healthier, low sugar options. Even better, opt for sugar-free Chinese tea or plain water.
Calories from common Lunar New Year goodies
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