In anticipation of the upcoming Chinese New Year, many have begun the annual process of spring cleaning and loading up on CNY goodies as early as January. So begins cycle of house visiting, reunion dinners and more house visitations which increases the risk of overindulging. Before embarking on a 15 day food feast, here are some ways to soak in the festive spirit without going overboard.
- Use chopsticks
Author of The Chopsticks Diet, Barber, asserts that “Eating with chopsticks slows you down, and so you eat less”. These words of wisdom states that eating with chopsticks allows one to be more aware of what you eat instead of chowing down on food mindlessly. Using chopsticks also has the benefit of leaving additional oil and sauces on the plate – both of which are often the source of an expanding waistline.
2. Eat more now, eat less later
Before house visiting, consume a full meal instead of relying on snacks at relatives’ house to fill you up. Let us break down the paradox: With a growling belly, we are more likely to reach out for snacks, which tends to be calorie-laden in light of traditional CNY goodies. Be warned! In such cases, there is a 90% chance of over-snacking.
3. Be picky
Chose which foods to eat wisely. It is possible to decline such offerings politely without compromising your ang paos! In case you are unaware, here is a breakdown of the calories in your favorite CNY goodies. You might want to think twice about picking up that slice of bak kwa…
For all those who have been sleep deprived, either staying up to watch k-dramas,mugging or working, rejoice! Chinese New year is the chance to catch up on all the sleep you have missed. Adequate sleep will not only regulate your hunger cues, but also boost your metabolism! A win-win for all.
5. Smart swaps
When hosting, opt for more wholesome and nutritious food. For instance, serve brown rice alongside hotpots. Stock up on nuts and fruits around the house while staying away from conventional snacks. Bonus tip: look out for shops offering healthier variations of your favorite CNY foods (Bud of Joy, Delcie’s)
With these tips in mind, go forth in the year of the pig without pigging out!