Doctors suggest filling your plate with small portions of low-calorie, nutrient-dense foods.
As you sit at the dining table with all the special dishes spread out in front of you, remember doctors’ reminders: Watch what you eat and keep your food portions in check.
Nutritionists and health experts in the country have called on residents to exercise caution in consuming all those delectable food served during Eid Al Adha. Avoid overindulging, they said, and stick to nutritious food choices to prevent gastrointestinal disturbances and other health issues.
“Control your salt intake and avoid fried and oily food. Instead, eat a well-balanced meal with protein, vegetables and complex carbs (in moderation). One must focus on the quality and quantity of food,” said Nadine Aoun, clinical dietician at Medcare Women and Children Hospital.
Sweets can be savoured but in moderation, she added.
Doctors suggest filling your plate with small portions of low-calorie, nutrient-dense foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean meat.
“Traditional dishes eaten during festive season are rich in red meat. Avoiding overconsumption of these foods is important as they are high in saturated fat,” said Janani Satchithanantham, senior clinical dietician at the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, Aster Hospital – Al Qusais.
Prioritise protein sources like lean meat, fish, eggs and beans with wholesome vegetables and small portions of carbohydrates like bread or biryani. “Say no to fizzy drinks. Instead, have some fresh juices with no added sugar, laban, or fruit-infused water to keep yourself hydrated.”
Consuming food that has been left outside for quite some time must be avoided, as such practices during special occasions usually land people in hospital. It might cause gastric issues such as vomitting, food poisoning and diarrhoea.
“It has been found that more people come to the hospital citing gastric issues after Eid celebrations. This could be avoided by following simple but healthy practices,” said Archana Baju, clinical dietician at Burjeel Hospital, Abu Dhabi.
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