Gulf News Report
Abu Dhabi: Eid Al Adha is a time for joy and celebration and indulging in a delicious meal is an inseparable part of the festivities. However, bingeing over multiple meals, especially on calorie-rich dishes and desserts, has often forced many people to rush to hospitals and clinics after the holidays.
Doctors have therefore urged residents to be careful about what they eat and how much.
‘Have a guilt-free holiday’
“My advice is, always eat mindfully to have a guilt-free holiday! Moderation is the key. And I urge people to stick to eating guidelines even during the holiday season,” added Lama Saleem, clinical dietitian at Burjeel Hospital.
This year, Eid Al Adha will be celebrated in the UAE from Saturday, July 9, onwards. Because ritual sacrifice is an important part of the occasion, red meat is eaten widely during the Eid Al Adha festivities.
Who should be extra careful?
People with metabolic disorders such as high BMI, diabetes, hyperuricemia or hyperlipidemic conditions should therefore be extra careful during the festive season. In order to avoid falling ill during the festivities, it is best to eat carefully and to opt for healthier alternatives whenever possible.
“Serve fruit and dark chocolate rather than sweets that are high in sugar and saturated fats,” Saleem said. “We should separate the concept of fun and joy from food,” she advised.
TIPS ON MINDFUL EATING:
- Always consume red meat in moderation.
- Whenever possible, opt for healthier dessert alternatives such as fruit and dark chocolates.
- Incorporate a good portion of fiber from fruit and vegetables in every meal, as well as lean protein. This will you feel satiated and suppress sugar cravings. It will also help prevent constipation.
- Drink a lot of water to remain hydrated.
- Always avoid bingeing. Space out your meals and try not to eat unless you actually feel hungry.
- Avoid eating heavy meals at night or late in the evening.
- If you are especially fond of sweets, try to eat them during the daytime rather than at night.
- Limit your consumption of oily and sugary food as much as possible.
- Physical activity is always welcome, even during festive occasions, as it helps burn extra calories. So try to enjoy a game of football, badminton or any other sport with your loved ones, to stay fit.
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