It is Christmas time and like any festive holiday, we tend to celebrate it with a lavish feast. This certainly applies for the Chinese New Year, which is mainly celebrated by eating with your family and friends.
In this article, I am going to give you some tips on how to eat a generous amount and still feel good afterward! Yes, you can eat a lot without feeling stuffed later on (of course, still up to a certain extent) 😉
So here are my tips…
1) Do not mix high-protein with high-carbs in one meal!
This will make a huge difference and is one of the main principles of food combining. Small amounts of each can be eaten together though 😉
High-protein foods are meat, sea fruits, fish, nuts, seeds etc.
High-carb foods are grains, beans, legumes, bread, pasta, potato etc.
Why should you not mix?
Because protein and carbs are digested differently. Protein, when eaten alone requires about 4 hours to digest and carbs 2 hours. However, when eaten together, it can take up to 13 hours. So mixing both will make it more difficult for our body to digest and keep us fuller. In the worst case, it will sit in your stomach, start to ferment, make you feel tired and is a cause of premature aging!
I still remember the time when I had lobster and lots of potato fries in one setting – I could not eat anything else that day…
2) Avoid/limit fried food
Ever noticed that fried food is served in high amounts in buffet styled restaurants? They are designed to make you full in a fast way in order to keep you from eating too much. So if you want to make the most of your money when heading for buffets, skip the fried food section. They are not healthy anyway 😉
3) Drink tea
It is kind of a Chinese cultural thing to tell each other to „eat more“ whenever one stops eating. So when eating with my Chinese relatives and friends, I have to be really careful and I always try to eat as slowly as possible. Still, each time I say I am full I will be told to drink some tea, so I can keep on eating more! Haha!
And well, in those times I’m persuaded to do so, it really works! In China, we like to drink Pu’er tea to our meals, but any green, chai or herbal tea will aid in your digestion!
4) Chew some ginger
Chinese love to use ginger in their cuisine and it has been regarded as a digestive aid for thousands of years. It is an antioxidant and works anti-inflammatory, which will „relax the gut lining“ and help you avoid digestive problems such as gas, bloating, nausea.
In case you still ate too much and feel tired, take a 20min slow walk to aid in your digestion.
I wish you happy holidays and happy feasting! 😉