Selamat Hari Raya Puasa from all of us at Food Canopy. With the festive eating coming your way, there is bound to be anxiety, stress, and expectations when we dine with our family and loved ones. Celebrate mindful eating this festive week ahead.
Eat, but with pace. Especially when breaking fast, we tend to dig into our food with speed. Our brains are only able to register that we are full after 20 minutes. Chew and bite your food. Start with something that requires you to munch more than foods that are easily broken down.
Combat stress with good nutrition. Include a variety of fruits and vegetables as they contain vital vitamins and minerals like vitamin B group, C, calcium magnesium, and zinc which are depleted when we encounter stress on a daily basis.
Also, stay hydrated instead of caffeinated. We would be very dehydrated after a long fast and caffeine from foods like coffee, energy drinks are not going to help as it dehydrates us further.
Lastly, it is a time where we spend quality time with our loved ones. Do not avoid foods as we might crave and overindulge after. Be mindful, slow down, and do not rush. Such baby steps help us with our mental well-being as well.