Here are some tips to follow to keep your health in check amid the upcoming festivities
With the holy month of Ramadan drawing to a close and Eid Al Fitr feasts just around the corner, medical experts are reminding UAE residents to go easy on sweets and tasty treats during festivities this week.
Lama Tabasha, clinical dietician at Burjeel Hospital, Abu Dhabi, recommended planning and preparing a diet ahead of time to avoid unhealthy food choices.
“Binge-eating and overeating are what most people tend to do after a long fasting month. This is why it is very important to be prepared this year by setting your health-related goals that include diet and lifestyle modifications.”
Tabasha noted that a balanced diet is a non-restrictive one covering all the main food groups — without any starvation.
“MyPlate, a guidance tool developed by the US Department of Agriculture, can help you balance your diet, with half of your plate being vegetables, 1/4 lean proteins, and 1/4 starches focusing on whole grains. Eid is known for its sweets and treats. You can still enjoy having Eid treats but try to control your portion. Don’t deprive yourself but learn to control yourself, as balance is always the key,” Tabasha said.
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