The New Year is a great time for making new resolutions to live a healthier lifestyle. But this year, with Chinese New Year here so soon after the end of year festivities, it may feel like we’re just going from indulging in Christmas treats to feasting on Chinese New Year snacks.
But the reality is that most Singaporeans really should pay more attention to what we eat. Granted that Singaporean food is delicious, but recent reports from our neighbour, Malaysia, show that we are increasingly becoming sicker as a result of unhealthy diets. Moreover, it is a parents responsibility to show a good example to their children in all things, including healthy eating habits and getting enough exercise.
So maybe we should start taking those resolutions seriously. To help out, here are 6 tips on how to start eating healthy this 2017.
1) Eat out less
Yes, we know as busy as we are it is not easy to prepare a home-cooked meal every single day. Eating out is not only easy, but good food can be found anywhere. Unfortunately, food prepared outside tends to be oily and salty and you can’t control what goes into each dish.
It’s also not cheap. With prices on the rise, why not make a commitment to eat home say 4 out of 7 days in a week? You don’t have to make anything fancy, just Google or YouTube a simple stir-fry recipe including meat and vegetables!
2) Cooking style counts
When you’re eating out, consider the food on your table – how many dishes are deep-fried? Simply opting for grilled or steamed meats can make a meal healthier and always make sure you order some vegetables too. And if you’re already full, you can skip the dessert, or simply share.
3) Consider your drinks
Carbonated drinks, packet juices, even coffee and tea at your local kopitiam can contain lots of sugar. And too much sugar contributes to diabetes. If you’re thinking of cutting down on the sugar, then reduce the number of sugary drinks you drink per week.
Opt for juice without sugar, black coffee or simply plain water.
4) Don’t get distracted
Ever finished one whole bag of chips while sitting in front of the TV? You are more likely to overeat when you’re distracted so dedicate a certain time to meals and cut all distractions. Yes, including your phone.
5) Start with breakfast
It’s really important for kids to start the day with breakfast (adults too!) as breakfast replenishes energy, puts you in a better mood and helps you focus and be more productive.
This is a good habit to inculcate- a wholemeal peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a cup of MILO (no sugar) can go a long way.
6) Snack wise
Everyone loves a snack whether sweet or salty. The key is to snack healthy. Opt for nuts instead of chips and fruits instead of sweets. Or if you really must have cake, chocolate and ice-cream, try reducing the amount you eat.
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