It’s that time where we usher in the New Year with well wishes of prosperity, back-to-back lo hei sessions and the quintessential Chinese New Year goodies. What’s Chinese New Year without those buttery pineapple tarts, fragrant bak kwa or crisp love letters?
We all know that CNY goodies are loaded with calories (how else does it taste so good?!) but that hasn’t stopped anyone from reaching for seconds, or thirds for that matter. We asked our nutritionists at HIC to share some sensible nutritional advice that won’t put a damper on the festivities so you can have your cake and eat it mindfully too!
1. Keep to regular meal times
Don’t go hangry on Lunar New Year. While pineapple tarts and bak kwa are sure to sooth the hangry soul, it’s a caloric catastrophe you’ll want to avoid. Have your meals at regular times so you’re less likely to make poor food choices due to a ravenous appetite.
2. Chew, chew, chew your food
We can’t emphasise this enough. It might sound obvious but most people don’t consciously chew their food especially so in our fast-paced society where eating while multitasking is commonplace. Slow down, chew and savour your food, you’ll be able to sense that you’re satiated without overeating.
3. Drink water even when you’re not thirsty
A optimally hydrated body functions at its best and also helps to jump start a sluggish metabolism rate. Drink 2-3 litres of water daily keep your hydration levels up. By the time you feel thirsty, you’re already dehydrated.
4. Stay at least an arm’s length away from snacks
Keeping at least an arm’s from the snacks can help cut down mindless snacking, as you’ll need to make deliberate effort to reach for a snack.
5. Enjoy in moderation
Instead of depriving yourself, be selective of the goodies you choose and observe how much you consume. For example, you can limit your intake of pineapple tarts to 2-3 pieces per day.