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How to Stay Healthy This Chinese New Year

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Happy Chinese New Year from all of us at Roleaf!

Visiting family and friends is something we all look forward to. This tradition is merry for the heart but maybe less so for the waistline. With the abundance of yummy food and snacks available at almost every house, how does one go about keeping fit and healthy during this festive season?



Roleaf Tip 1: Practice eating mindfully. It is far too easy to unconsciously chow down tons of junk while talking to friends and family. Stay aware of what you are eating. Chew slowly and allow for proper digestion so your tummy will know when it’s full.

Roleaf Tip 2: Don’t drink your calories! Minimize your consumption of soft drinks and beer as they contain tons of empty calories. Graciously ask your host instead for water or tea.

Roleaf Tip 3: Keep up with your regular meals. Don’t skip breakfast, lunch or dinner in favor of junk food. Keep your stomach satisfied with wholesome and healthy foods, so that when you go visiting, you are less likely to chow down that entire container of pineapple tarts.

Roleaf Tip 4: Identify trigger foods. We all have some foods that are our absolute weakness. What is it for you? Bak Kwa? Keropok Udang? Fried Shrimp Rolls? Find out, and try staying away from them for the most part so you don’t go on a roll and binge excessively.


A popular snack, a slice of Bak Kwa has approximately 229 calories and 8g of fat.

Roleaf Tip 5: Squeeze in a short HIIT session! (Refer to previous article) It only takes about 20 minutes, and will help torch those excess calories.

Roleaf Tip 6: Enjoy everything in moderation. After all it is Chinese New Year. Nobody is asking you to limit yourself completely. It is perfectly fine to have a little snack here and there. Just do it in moderation, and your waistline will thank you.

Have fun!

Sending lots of prosperous vibes your way,

xx Roleaf Team.

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