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Thursday Tips: Chinese New Year Survival Guide

With Chinese New Year happening few weeks after the new year and Christmas parties, don’t let the festivities ruin your new year resolutions efforts! Here are some tips to help you stick through the resolutions so you won’t end up “physically prosperous” at the end of the festive season.

Counting down

See spring cleaning as an opportunity for a workout session, rather than facing it with dread. Blast some music as you turn it into a Zumba session.

Additionally, set aside some time leading up to the days to do the following: Slot in half an hour to go for a jog or an hour for yoga class on your calendar and follow through on days that you can; eat more salad-based (with minimal sauces and dressings) meals or consciously eat about 20% less than what you would usually have, in view of the upcoming feasting days ahead. Load up your plate with more vegetables and plant-proteins.

Resolve to only start snacking on the New Year goodies on Lunar New Year Day One.

During House Visits

Never visit on an empty stomach. Have a proper, smaller-sized meal before house visits to keep you from over-eating on the new year goodies. It’s a disaster to fill yourself up with these goodies - they are not so filling yet very addictive and high in calories!

Keep yourself away from munching on new year goodies by inconveniencing yourself i.e. standing away from the table of goodies, and keep yourself occupied and full with zero-sugar drinks on hand and sip it slowly while keeping conversations going.

When you want to snack, always start with the healthy option first, such as mandarin oranges and melon seeds! Peeling the orange skin and cracking open melon seeds require great effort and slow down your eating.

As for all things, healthy does not mean you can binge on them, remember to enjoy all food and drinks. Set a certain quota each day for each of your favourite goodies, and stop when you’ve hit them!

Keep Moving

If you don’t drive, take the public transport when visiting. If you drive, park further away from the house. Take the stairs instead of the lifts to clock more steps. Break up sitting time by standing up when greeting people and scoring points on the manners-meter. Give up your seats and have conversations standing up!

Why not help to serve the snacks and drinks to others? Your elders will be happy with your lovely manners, and more movements means burning more calories than when you sit down.

Aim to maintain at least 10, 000 steps everyday and check in mid-afternoon each day. If you have not reached 7,500 steps, it’s time to go for a walk! Jio (ask along) your conversation partners to walk with you.

Aftermath (we hope not)

If you have let yourself go this time, don’t beat yourself up to what has happened. Keep up with your new year resolutions (if health is in the list), get back on track. Ensure your routine is doable and sustainable so healthy habits can last through the months and years.

If you need help with keeping your health in check, or if you have some health issues like high cholesterol or high blood pressure, or would like to shed some kilos off, and want to do something about your health, our MyDoc health coaches can guide and support you along the way with one of our programmes - contact or send a direct message on our page to find out more!

Always here for you, 
Jacqueline Joose
Dietitian, MyDoc healthcare team 

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