Forget about dieting?

@zandi458 (27952)
Malaysia
September 3, 2011 11:17pm CST
When it comes to festivals in my country I can't stop myself from enjoying the festivities and indulging in the free flow of foods and drinks that we Malaysians have been practicing for so long the open house concept when it comes to any religious festivals. Being in a multi racial country we co-exists happily and attending to each others celebrations is one of the ways of spreading goodwill and peace for our multi-racial country. The muslim holy month of Ramadhan is a grand celebration here in Malaysia being a muslim country and Islam as the official religion. We have 3 days of public holidays to celebrate the muslim festival. Yesterday I attended lunch in a muslim friend's house and in the evening it was dinner in another friend's house. My whole day yesterday was occupied hoping from one house to another. I can't imagine how much money were spend in holding such a lavish dinner in that friend's house. The foods were specially catered from a well known hotel. The guests, I noticed were mostly from the elites and were all in their best glittering outfits. Everyone was enjoying the good foods. Any advice from diet gurus were easily forgotten when sinful foods kept coming in one after another until I can eat no more. Even for those strict dieters, delicious foods could easily tempt them to break all rules of dieting. Such are the scenarios of how it is like when there are celebrations in our local community. I wonder whether it is the same in other places where religious celebrations are celebrated in a big way like our Malaysian style.
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@ankitbhat (269)
• India
5 Sep 11
same is the case with me i forget about low calorie and high calorie thing i just do my thing at that time thats is eating
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
5 Sep 11
I enjoy eating and when it comes to festivals, dieting becomes a secondary matter.
@alottodo (3061)
• Australia
4 Sep 11
I agree festivals are not for dieters...here we do that at Christmas time! we practically celebrate all month!
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
5 Sep 11
You are absolutely correct. Festivals are not festivals if there are no foods. Even if we try to close our eyes to avoid seeing all the delicious foods served on the table but the aroma is enough to break all the dieting rules.
@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
4 Sep 11
Although some of our holidays are supposed to be religious, I often feel they are an excuse for over indulgence. This weekend is a weekend of picnic foods and outdoor celebration. However Halloween candy has been in the store for a week or two.Oh, and we have State Fair, with fried twinkies, fried snickers, fried koolaid, etc. then Halloween We jump from Halloween to the ultimate in over eating, Thanksgiving. Then we are well into all the Christmas feasts and baking, and so forth right up to New Years Eve. New Year's Day everyone starts on a diet again. Until Valentines Day.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
5 Sep 11
It is wonderful to have a year round carnivals where foods grace the events.
@lampar (7597)
• United States
4 Sep 11
Just eat to your heart content without feeling guilty about it all. It is perfectly alright to enjoy a big feast in Malaysia's style once a while during the year, so that you will not miss out on all these delicacies prepared by local ccommunity which are the most tasty food you ever found on earth.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
5 Sep 11
I love our Malaysian foods. Malaysians are overly generous when it comes to foods. You can just drop in their houses during any festivals without invitation and the hosts will be very happy to serve their specially prepared foods.
@tutulch (86)
• Australia
4 Sep 11
There are sometimes really it make us forget about dieting. Especially when there are festivals, social gathering and feast. I enjoy my food and I always refrain from taking as much as I can, still thou there are some occasion that contributes to weight gain.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
4 Sep 11
Eat while we still can and don't wait for the time when sickness sealed our appetite and everything we put in our mouths are thrown out.
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
4 Sep 11
Hi Zandi, happy to hear you are having a wonderful time during this great feast. Same like you, i had visited a few of my ex-colleagues home and having some nice and delicious food. What's your favorite dish during that moment? Mine is the delicious "rendang and ketupat". Indeed, i had to left my diet for a few days, since i don't want to missed-out the chance to taste those delicious delicacies. I will back to my usual self, eating less again by next week. Trying to slim down for my new year party...
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
5 Sep 11
Rending is always my top list of raya favorite. This year I've tasted some great foods which are quite new to me. I've started to reduce my food intake again soon after the festival is over.
@myfb2009 (8304)
• Malaysia
5 Sep 11
Zandi, care to share with me, what are those great new foods which you had tasted? Maybe i also haven't tasted them yet...Same here, i have start to eat less food and increase my tea intake. Trying to slim down as much as i can before the New year eve.
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
5 Sep 11
Heard of 'Daging masak hitam', daging dendeng, ayam masak satay' etc..Am already salivating while typing the names of these delicious foods. Mom told me that drinking tea can help to break the fats.
• Philippines
5 Sep 11
I don't think we have that same festival here but when it comes to free food, you can count me in and expect me to forget about my diet all too quickly. I can keep a tight diet but when the food is being offered free, I can forget all the diet I've made so far and not feel guilty about it.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
5 Sep 11
I guess it is human weaknesses to be easily tempted by what they see especially when it goes with 'eat all you can' during special occasions.
• Philippines
6 Sep 11
Yeah, I guess it is, especially when the food looks nice.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
4 Sep 11
the only holidays we celebrate with family and freinds is the 4th of July our Independance day. Thanksgiving we give tahnks for a great harvest and CHristmas for the life of CHrist
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
5 Sep 11
I think everyone has at least one or two special occasion to celebrate yearly.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
5 Sep 11
at least ;_)
@jricky1 (6809)
• China
5 Sep 11
I forgot to move when i see the delicious food there.LOL.Just go and do what you want to do.People all feel so happy when we celebrating festivals,and we drink and eat together.It is such an amazing experience when people get together,so,forget about dieting,and just enjoy.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
5 Sep 11
Living in a society we have to join the crowds celebrating their festivals. It is just for the sake of goodwill.
@shrmanoj (384)
4 Sep 11
Dear friend, it is not good to forget anything. Anyway you should not break the rules of dieting and it is a very important thing for anyone's life. It is not good for health.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
5 Sep 11
Thank you for your reminder.
@pbbbsra (1214)
• Philippines
4 Sep 11
It is strange how people gain weight during Ramadan despite the fact that we are fasting. I have been converted two three years ago and have noticed that I gain weight in Ramadan. I tend to eat a lot during the allowed time and we also tend to refrain from doing work during these days, and yes for the holidays, we visit friends and food and sweets are everywhere. It has become a routine for me that during Ramadan, I forget about my diet and a week after the holidays, I start to go back to my diet again.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
5 Sep 11
I think people tend to overeat during the Ramadan as they have so many nice foods for sale during the fasting month. Our country's Ramadan market is very popular as there are lots and lots of delicacies for sale. I use to frequent these stalls to hunt for goodies.
@GemmaR (8526)
4 Sep 11
You certainly shouldn't really be thinking about being on a diet when you have special events such as those to attend. I think that if you have something special, you don't want to ruin the atmosphere of it by having to think about what you're eating and drinking. As long as you're strict with yourself on other days, it seems almost cruel to deny yourself treats on special days when everyone else would be enjoying themselves without being restrictive in the slightest. It is my 21st birthday in two days time, and I know that I am not even thinking about what I'm eating on that day, providing that I am able to get straight back into my diet and exercise regime the very next day.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
5 Sep 11
I will not miss all the good foods during festivals. Soon after the festivals I'll have to payback what injustices I've done to myself. All foods have to be minimized.
@ANTIQUELADY (36489)
• United States
4 Sep 11
Sounds like y'all have a really good time. The only relegiouys holiday yjay we have here is Christmas & people have forgotten the real reason for it.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
5 Sep 11
Every year I look forward to this muslim celebrations as their foods are different from ours. More spicy and hot. Christmas has become a festival for all regardless of christian or non christian. So sad people have forgotten what christmas really mean and people just consider it as holiday celebration.
@bagarad (11451)
• Paso Robles, California
4 Sep 11
We used to celebrate a lot more feasts than we do now and we don't emphasize the food as much as we did. When we celebrated all holidays with family we ate a lot more. Now we usually spend Easter alone and concentrate on the spiritual meaning of the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus. Our meal is no more fattening than any other these days -- no special deserts anymore. We also concentrate on the religious aspects of Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as the joy of seeing what's left of my family. We do prepare the tradional foods with healthier side dishes than are traditional. We, the younger generation, are more willing to break some traditions. On Thanksgiving and Christmas we do indulge in traditional deserts, but since it's usually at my brother's house, we don't normally have leftovers, so the eating season is short. Probably the biggest religious feast we have is Slava, which is a Serbian Religious holiday. Most people have never heard of it. If you are one of them, you can read about it here: Slava: A Serbian Orthodox Celebration at http://www.squidoo.com/serbian-slava. It's a much smaller celebration since we moved here. I'm thankful for that, and kind of hoping to turn it into a more quiet celebration as we age. We have no children to pass our candle to. My inlaws passed it to us when they were about the age we are now. It's not easy to make the special ceremonial foods and be ready to feed anyone who comes when you have no idea how many will be coming. So I'm ready to retire it to just family and very close friends when my husband is willing to do so.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
5 Sep 11
It is interesting how others celebrate their festivals. I am a catholic and celebrate christmas and Easter every year. I look forward to every christmas as I enjoy baking cookies cakes to be given away to friends and relatives. Usually a month before christmas, I start baking/steaming fruitcakes. We have our christmas celebration at my mom's place and we have a big family reunion lunch before we distribute gifts to the kids. Guests start coming as early as 9am. Foods are catered from outside as we all need to relax and entertain guests.
@nezavisima (7418)
• Bulgaria
4 Sep 11
when there are so delicious and watch her ??eat all that without thinking about diets and how to absorb calories and I would be tempted. for such evenings go so much money why do not you eat and you and ready. feels better when his mind and heart are fine. and when looking at food and hesitate then I think that even suffer en you can try these delicious things. why then do try them if you want to remove those less calorie npotichay and ready. nice day!
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
4 Sep 11
When there are tempting foods served, we forgot all the need to slim down. Afterall it is just one day affair of indulgence.
• India
7 Sep 11
Hello my friend zandi458 Ji, Well,I would add, that we come from a country, where therev are many religions celebrated round teh clock and tehy come to street as well like Holi and just passed Id. WE used to participatye whatever announced by Mosques on loudspeakers loudly so taht whole locality knows and eatingh is just as per human natural habits. Festivals are meant for enjoyment and to know each other very closely. So let's enjoy. Thanks. May God bless You and have a great time.