Your Ultimate Food Guide for Festive Season

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Eat, drink, and be merry! That’s every Malaysian’s thoughts when it comes to festive seasons, and nothing binds old friends and distant relatives better than open-houses. But how do you make sure that you’re getting all the essential nutrients, while enjoying all the close-to-heart dishes? And what can you do to burn the calories and maintain a healthy weight? Here’s a list of tips for you to keep in mind

5 Tips for Healthy Eating

  1. Fill your plate with vegetables and fruits before diving into the meats and gravy. Not only are they rich in vitamins, minerals, and fibres, they also help to curb your appetite!

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  2. Aim for smaller portions. To start, just make sure you choose a smaller plate or bowl first! By using a smaller plate, you will automatically consume less and control your food intake.

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  3. Stop eating when you’re about 80% full. Here’s how: just eat until you are full, but without feeling uncomfortable. Another way to avoid over-eating is to eat slowly; this will allow your brain time to signal you’re getting full.

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  4. Go easy on fried foods and snacks like nian gao, cookies, cakes, bak kwa, nuts, and crisps as they are loaded with sugar and/or salt.

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  5. Cut down on carbonated drinks and sugar-sweetened beverages. It’s easy to lose count on how many drinks you’ve had, so opt for water or Chinese tea instead to stay hydrated.

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And don’t forget to keep moving to burn off the added calories. It’s so easy!

  1. Gather your squad and take a walk together around the neighbourhood or garden after a meal.

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  2. Initiate activities to do with your old friends and family, such as cycling, hiking, or going to the park. So instead of catching up during house visits, you can also bond while exercising!

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  3. Stay active throughout the day in as many ways as possible. For instance, walking up and down the stairs, and performing house chores.

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1. Malaysian Dietary Guidelines, 2010
3. Healthy eating the key to prosperity, Ministry of Health Malaysia, 2012