MAINTAINING NUTRITION GOALS AT HARI RAYA

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#‎HARIRAYA‬ period is often seen as one of the hardest times to stick to a healthy eating lifestyle as we are constantly tempted by sweets, treats and just too much food in general. Whilst for elite athletes, sticking to a healthy diet whilst still enjoying the festive period can be a difficult balance to strike.

Here, we shares some top tips on how to stick to healthy eating throughout the #HARIRAYA period…

1. Don’t go to a “Open House” hungry

When we go to Hari Raya Open House, and there may be several in the lead up to #HARIRAYA, we are often tempted by tasty treat foods. Furthermore, we often eat a lot faster and more when we are hungry.

2. Go for the Good foods first

Fill your plate with good foods first.

3. Portion sizes

Your favorite calorie-laden foods are not completely off limits, but make the effort to enjoy them in smaller portions.

4. Eat several small meals a day

Do not skip meals and overindulge at one “Open House”! Have healthy snacks little and often and most importantly start your day with a healthy breakfast. This will make your holidays more enjoyable by stabilizing your blood sugar and energy levels. You will not spend the day being grumpy from not eating for hours, or be asleep for half the afternoon because you ate too much in one meal.

5. Influence the influencers!

The people around you can have a big impact on your nutrition. Whether it’s a family member or a friend, make them aware of your nutrition goals and aims. If they are aware of your targets they are much more likely to think twice before offering you that extra serve of dessert or pressure you in to doing what others around you are doing.

#HARIRAYA should not be a challenging time if sensible consideration and planning is implemented.