Staying Healthy During Chinese New Year

Image Credit: https://www.sbs.com.au/food/article/2017/01/13/savoury-treat-singaporeans-will-queue-over-hour

By Pris Chew

Chinese New Year is upon us soon. For many people here in Singapore, the Chinese New Year festival means getting together with our relatives and friends over food and snacks.

However, while it is definitely good to catch up with relatives and friends, we also do need to watch our health, our weight and check that we have enough sleep during Chinese New Year – to avoid tiredness and piling on the kilos.

So here are a few tips that you may want to follow, to look after your health better, during the Chinese New Year.

1) Hydrate

Water has zero calories, making it the ideal beverage to drink more of this, during this festive season.

And additionally, taking in more water than usual, can also help to flush out any waste products accumulated from the constant feasting on the yummy but sinful goodies.
So try to keep a bottle of water with you, at all times.

2) Portion Control

Practising portion control is important during the Chinese New Year season because if you don’t watch how much you are eating, you will very easily put on weight.

So for example, limit yourself to one pineapple tart per household you are visiting, and not one jar of those pineapple tarts.

3) Do not visit on an empty stomach

Try to eat something healthy in between your visiting rounds to fill yourself up, so that you will not be feeling hungry at your relatives’ or friends’ house.

This is because being hungry will only set you up for disaster as you’ll end up chowing down the unhealthy snacks that are available.

4) Work Out Where Possible

Chinese New Year should not be a time to forego your workout regime. Try to work out whenever you find the time to during this season as a way to offset the eating.

If you really do not have time to wake up earlier than usual say, for a run, try and work the exercise into your day.

For instance, park your car further away from the house you are visiting so that you’ll have to walk there. Or take the stairs instead of the lift if you are choosing to take public transport. Getting off the bus or train one stop further away from your destination also helps.

5) Sleep

It may be hard to sleep when you are busy seeing your relatives or friends all day, but try and get as much sleep as possible, even if that means catching cat-naps or sleeping in the car or bus in between visiting rounds.

If you are the designated driver, why not ask your spouse or partner to do part of the driving, so that you can get a nap in the car?

Conclusion

With these tips in mind, I hope that this year, you can have a happy and healthy Chinese New Year festive season, with the opportunity to indulging in good food and catching up with relatives and friends – and at the same time, without emerging from it worse for wear.

 

About the author:

Priscilla Chew is the winner of Best Health & Wellness Blog at the 2015 Singapore Blog Awards. Pris is Astavita’s sports ambassador. She attributes her stamina to cope with her running lifestyle with the help of Astavita’s Sports. She hopes her passion for running and sports will inspire other people to exercise on a regular basis for fitness and health. You may follow her on Instagram: prisgooner

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