Eat meat, but don’t overeat!

By Wallia Khairi
Tue, 07, 21

Red meat is not bad for your health if taken in a balanced amount with proper lifestyle habits....


The sacred festival of Eid-ul-Azha brings a pleasant atmosphere of barbecues, beef steaks, traditional cuisines and much more to munch on. Even the light, evening snacks are replaced with all fried hunter beefs.

Where Eid-ul-Azha is also a festival marked by extensive eating, there always is a risk of overeating which can lead to various health problems in short-term and often long term as well. Over-eating will not be beneficial for any individual. It is a holiday that arrives only once a year, which is why people go overboard with its celebration. You consume a crazy amount of meat for almost three days or maximum a week which can take a toll on your health. Moreover, eating excessive meat has its own consequences that continue on for long. One needs to be careful, no matter the tempting nature of the Barbecue platter in front. Keeping yourself fit and healthy must be your goal this year.

Avoid Fried Meat

Meat cannot be dodged when it comes to Bari Eid. However, fried meat can be avoided to promote good metabolism of the body. When planning to savour your taste buds with meaty dishes, try to devour it in boiled, steamed or charcoaled form to avoid extra escalation in your calories level. In addition, marinating your beef or mutton with vinegar works excellently in making it soft, hence decreases oil requirements. Also, minimise the spices and salt as they contribute to high levels of blood pressures.

Walk after meals

This is a simple step that you can achieve even now after a meal. Walking actually helps in the digestion of food and decreases the chance of feeling restless at night. People that barely walk after eating food tend to wake up in the morning feeling either nauseous or feeling as if the food is sitting right at their throat. This is why you need to be extra careful after eating meat especially because it is unhealthy to consume meat during the night time. Dieticians and doctors have suggested that one must finish off the last meal 2 hours before the sleeping time. After that, you can go for a long walk for almost 30 minutes to make sure that the food is digested within time and you can easily go to bed feeling light and healthy.

Green Tea after meal

If you know pre-hand that you’ll be invited to places on Eid and thus cannot avoid meat, then allow yourself for better health tips to be included in the diet plan. Asking for a cup of lemon juice or green tea can help increase the metabolism rate. Tea can also be taken but without sugar.

Say no to fizzy drinks

A frizzy drink is another essential ingredient with our spicy meaty cookeries. People often consume soft drinks for digestive purposes. However, high levels of sugar content in fizzy drinks stimulate blood glucose level and could be damaging to health, especially in hypertensive and diabetic patients.

Break between meals

Maintaining routine meals is important. Studies have shown that the delay between two consecutive meals should not be less than 6 hours.

Fruits and salads are your friends

High intake of fruits and vegetable during and after Eid is very significant. Fruits and vegetables are packed with various vitamins and minerals and works effectively in maintaining normal body metabolism that has been disturbed by heavy meat. Also, many fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants that help in reducing inflammation and cardiac risks. Best way to include these magic ingredients in your meal is by making different types of fruits and veg salads and serving them with main course.

Homemade Food

Health care tips in context of Pakistan clearly marked the homemade food as an important ingredient to health. Try to cook every possible food at home in the best possible hygienic way. Avoid meals at hotels and restaurants.

Health is wealth

If you are planning to eat Pulao, Biryani, and Qorma on this Eid-ul-Azha… stop and think for a while if you’re you going in the right direction. You are at high risk of several health issues.

High Cholesterol: High cholesterol (hyperlipidemia) is a major outcome of eating a high amount of meat in your meals. As we consume all types of meat (beef, mutton, lamb) on this occasion, they obviously result in increasing your cholesterol. That’s not good at all.

High blood pressure: High cholesterol levels increase your blood pressure. Similarly, intake of more spicy and salty meals also results in high blood pressure.

Angina Pain: In severe cases, if you have a history of hypertension and heart issues, you may experience angina pain that may lead to a heart attack.

Diabetes: If your sugar levels are not controlled, and you are a chronic patient of diabetes, it will be more dangerous for you to consume high protein and high fats diet on this Eid. For diabetic patients, the chances of having cardiac issues are more.

Chronic Kidney disease: It’s a common trend to have soft drinks with meat on Eid. But are you aware of their side effects on your kidneys? If you are a patient of chronic kidney problems, you should avoid soft drinks and try to consume protein in a balanced amount.

Red meat is not bad for your health if taken in a balanced amount with proper lifestyle habits. You can manage taking red meat on this Eid.

  • Take ginger tea or green tea after meals, as they help in digesting meant.
  • Take salads and steamed vegetables in your meals.
  • Do exercise and walk regularly.
  • Try to take less salt and spices.
  • Avoid soft drinks, take lemonade instead of them.
  • Try to take steamed and boiled meat instead of fried and oily meals.
  • Take your medicines on time if you are a patient (avoid self-medication or over medication).