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Time for change as year of the ox dawns

February 12th marks the beginning of the Chinese Lunar New Year. There are 12 animals and five elements in the Chinese zodiac cycle and 2021 is the Year of the Ox; representing such attributes as intelligence, reliability, and logic.

For communities around the world, the transition of the old year into the next is the time to make plans and have the impetus to set new aspirations. This special day can be an appropriate moment to consider how to use the following 12 months to switch to a healthier diet and take more exercise.

Anyone can develop Type 2 diabetes and getting older can increase this risk, as will being overweight or having high blood pressure. You are also more likely to get Type 2 diabetes if you’re over 25 and from a Chinese, South Asian, Black Caribbean or Black African ethnic background.

A balanced diet will help.

The good news is that introducing change can reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes. Make a good beginning by adopting the qualities of the Ox - be smart and logical by eliminating the processed foods loaded with fat and sugar that may be regularly appearing on your weekly shopping list.

Here’s some food for thought: many nutritional experts highlight that the traditional Chinese diet is very healthy with lots of fresh vegetables, fish and lean meats. A key element is a balance between ingredients known as yin (moist) and yang (dry and crisp). Getting the right combination of carbohydrates and proteins can help to stabilise blood sugar that generates good energy levels.

Celebrate today by beginning your journey to a healthier future in 2021.


It might be the most important thing you do today.

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Your plan should include economical, healthy meals and snacks that you enjoy eating.