The April season brings with it novelty, excitement and an abundance of tastebud-titillating sweet meats (kevili) along with other delectables. Therefore, it is important to pay extra attention to what you eat and how you eat in addition to a proper daily diet and exercise even during the festive season.
Ms. Maheshani Wimalatunga, Dietitian and Nutritionist at Durdans Hospital says “It’s worthwhile to make attempts to cut down on excess sugar and oil consumption while enjoying sweet meats, this season. It is undebatable that excess consumption of oil and sugar is harmful for your health. Therefore, be mindful and keep track of what you eat during this season. This will help you to control the frequency and the quantity of sweet meats that you consume.”
Ms Wimalatunga adds, “Since most of the traditional sweet meats are deep fried, make sure not to reuse the oil you have used once. Also, try to replace a few of the sugary and oily snacks with fruits, whenever possible. Find attractive ways of serving fruits and making deserts with fruits using less or no added sugar.”
During the holiday season, individuals veer away from their normal routine, including physical exercise. Dr. Shreen Willatgamuwa, Resident Family Physician at Durdans Hospital says, “Physical activity can help in reducing work and holiday stress such as avurudu preparations and going on visits. In addition the effects of overeating which usually occur during this time of the year can be curtailed. The minimum requirement recommended for physical activity can be walking for 30 minutes, whereas one hour would be ideal.”
With school holidays the screen time of children becomes more. Increase in screen time is associated with obesity and overweight in children due to sedentary lifestyle from TV, phone and video games. “Take the benefit of your free time to engage in more physical activities. Try and enjoy traditional out-door games to add exciting experiences while being active” states Ms. Wimalatunga.
Durdans Hospital is a pioneer in preventive healthcare where a multidisciplinary panel of experienced specialists lends their expertise for a comprehensive suggestion plan through an array of heath check packages. The Durdans Dietitian Clinic provides outpatient counselling for diet and nutrition issues.
Call 011 2 140 000 or 1344 helpline for appointments.