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How to eat rationally during the New Year’s holiday season

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How to eat rationally during the New Year’s holiday season
How to eat rationally during the New Year’s holiday season

More vegetables, less meat, less grease

Health could well be the first thing to consider in the New Year. Just start with the way you eat: more vegetables, less meat. Order fake shark fin or carp soup with vegetables instead of shark fin with abalone and chicken slices. Buddha's feast (stewed mixed vegetables) is also a good option. Eat as few high-salt foods, e.g., chicken, duck and pork, as possible. Preserve food in safe temperatures (below 4OC or above 60OC) to ensure good quality.

Eat as few fried snacks as possible, as the cooking oil is usually repeatedly used and the snacks contain corrosive food coloring andpowders that are harmful to your health.

Avoid accidents

Try to prevent diseases and accidents during the holidays. As your doctor will tell you, preventive actions are more important than treatment. So do take care to prevent diseases and accidents, including gastroenteritis, food poisoning, car accidents and food preparation accidents during the holidays.

The elderly and children should particularly avoid overeating.

With declining digestion systems, elderly people should be particularly cautious not to overeat. They should eat sliced or soft food, e.g., chopped bean curd with vegetable or meat to ensure nutrition absorption and digestion. Overeating could result in indigestion. Therefore, it is important to keep children from eating too many snacks, which would affect their appetite for staple foods, or make them feel uncomfortable.