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5 Things Dogs Can Teach Us About Chinese New Year Feasting 1. Eat in the Moment. Whether they’re eating a bowl of kibble or chasing a ball, dogs live for the present. The past is gone, the future unknown. The only thing you can really affect is the present. So while it is tempting to fill up your plate with CNY goodies, if you ate a full plate at every house you visited, you will certainly end up feeling uncomfortably bloated. Instead, take a bit of everything you like and eat them at 2 or 3 minute intervals. Spacing out when you eat each goodie will allow time for it to digest and you will end up eating less. 2. Drink Lots of Water. Dogs instinctively know when their bodies need water. They will stop eating when they’re full and will drink even when they are not thirsty. Besides the CNY goodies, drinks are killers too. A single packet of sugary drinks contains about 5 teaspoons of sugar which is half the 11 teaspoons per day recommended by the Health Promotion Board (www.healthhub.sg/live-healthy/15/dietary_guidelines_adults). So avoid those sugary drinks and drink plain water. But if you have to drink, drink unsweetened beverages like oolong tea. 3. Love yourself. As humans, we spend a lot of our time trying to be some one we are not. Dogs never worry about who or what they are and focus on taking care of themselves. So this CNY, even as you eat and drink right, you need to restore balance to your digestive system. CNY goodies are loaded with sugar, fat, carbohydrates and gluten and will sit heavy in your stomach causing digestive discomfort. ActivHealth’s Enzymedica Digest Spectrum (www.wellbeingsg.com/enzymedica), containing Thera-blend enzymes, will assist with better digestion throughout the different stages of the gastrointestinal tract. 4. Play All The Time. Dogs love to play, which usually involves lots of movement, whether it’s running, chasing or jumping. To help your body burn off those excess calories, BMW (Bus, MRT and Walk) between each house you visit. Light exercise like walking aids digestion. But, if you are lazy and still want to take the car, use the stairs instead of taking the lift and play physical games like Twisters during gatherings instead of ban-luck. 5. Enjoy The Journey. When dogs go for a car ride, they stick their head out the window, smell the air and feel the wind against their fur. They don’t care where they’re going and just enjoy the journey. As you set out to enjoy yourself during CNY while eating healthy, don’t get frustrated, depressed or anger if your diet does not go as planned. Enjoy the moment and revel in the journey. There is a reason dogs are man’s best friend. There is much they can teach us and enjoying your Chinese New Year feasting without the guilt is one of them. Woof! Woof!

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