Don’t Eat Too Much Chinese New Year Goodies!

I know it is difficult for us to NOT eat those delicious Chinese New Year Goodies like the Pineapple tarts, the Prawn rolls, the almond cookies, the loveletters, the lobster crackers(keropo),...

I know it is difficult for us to NOT eat those delicious Chinese New Year Goodies like the Pineapple tarts, the Prawn rolls, the almond cookies, the loveletters, the lobster crackers(keropo), the bak kwa, the cornflake cookies, the candies or the chocolates but it is always good to moderate yourself.  Well, just thinking of them makes my eyes go moist and my fingers itchy. I am not sure about you but once I start eating them, I can’t stop myself. That is why we shouldn’t buy Chinese New Year goodies in bulk. What I normally do is to grab a few pieces of the different goodies and put them in a bowl. Once I finish what I have in the bowl, I would stop since there is nothing left.  If you buy in those big bottles, you will have the tendency to finish the entire bottle once you start eating. And I will tell you based on my experience, it is very hard for anyone to stop. That is why it is called goodies. And what happens if you visit your friends and relatives? Yes, you will be offered goodies yet again. Imagine having to visit so many friends and relatives during this period, you would be choked full of cookies, tarts and rolls! We simply have too much oily and fried food these days. Children especially love fried stuff. I don’t blame them as they are brought up on such fried foods. And as I said, moderation is the key.

Most people I know are stocking up on Chinese New Year goodies. Well, even with recession hitting us with full force, it seemed that a lot of people are not worried about their future. I saw some people buying tons and tons of bak kwa to bring home. There was even a lady who brought a trolley to bring back the mountain packs of bak kwa. Just amazing! I guess that Singaporeans still want to enjoy themselves this coming holiday. Hey, so do I! But we don’t want to get sick after that right? Just look at the rising medical cost in Singapore and it will give you the incentive to eat moderately.

You guys should know the problems with eating too much of these goodies right? You get a sore throat and you fall sick the next day. I remembered a few years back when half of my company was on MC the third or the fourth day of Chinese New Year. Yup, that is correct. Half of them went down for the count. Guess what is the cause of it? You guessed it! Eating too much of such goodies. It is not uncommon to hear a lot of people coughing here and there after Chinese New Year.  In fact if you can get your entire office in on the first few working days of Chinese New Year, your boss must be one lucky bastard.

Anyway, if you consume a lot of Chinese New Year goodies, I would suggest you to drink a lot of water. The best way to reduce heatiness is to get yourself those herbal cooling water. The shops selling those will usually be closed during the Chinese New Year holidays, so I suggest that you buy a few beforehand. I find that they do help with combating heatiness. And nothing beats a good night’s rest after a tired day visiting friends and relatives. Don’t watch that late night movie, just have a good rest at night. We all want to enjoy, but the only way you are going to enjoy your life is that you stay healthy!