What to do when cendol, boba milk tea, and nasi lemak keeps calling your name…
We’ve all been there: we fight the urge to indulge in a huge, savory bowl of cendol or nasi lemak, but give in to our cravings once we pass by a mamak stall.
Needless to say, with good food comes huge bellies. Here’s how to tame those sugar and carb cravings to keep your eating on track.
1.Eat a healthy breakfast.
It’s important to start your day off with the right food. A typical Malaysian breakfast of roti canai and teh tarik will have you consuming twice the amount of sugar your body needs in a single day, and lead to a mid-morning sugar crave. Opt for healthier alternatives instead, such as chapati, which is made of wholewheat flour and tastes just as good.
2.Have some coffee.
If you’re trying to boost your energy levels in the morning with more carbs or with something sweet, try swapping your usual 3-in-1 instant coffee and instant milk tea with healthier options. CoffeeTox is a low-calorie coffee mix that contains natural sweetness from stevia that can satisfy your sweet tooth while keeping you energized throughout the day.
3.Get More Sleep
Yes, just sleep. Studies have proven that your cravings might be fueled by your fatigue. Avoid alcohol and take a relaxing bath to ensure better sleep quality. Flushing out your system, such as with our DD+ fiber drink that’s formulated with soothing ingredients, can also promote better sleep.
4.Sip flavored drinks
Try infusing your water with flavors such as lemon, cucumber, even pomegranate. These are calorie-free options that could help keep your sugar and carb cravings at bay. But be sure to AVOID beverages that are artificially sweetened, which includes your boba milk tea.
p/s: if you can’t resist sweet drinks, try our guilt-free, deliciously sweet DD+ fiber drink.
5.Give in a little
Chill lah – it’s okay to have a bit of what you’re craving, maybe a piece of pisang goreng or a small cup of teh tarik. Just not every time, and in small portions. Research suggests having something healthy along with what you’re craving can help you feel satisfied longer, such as fresh fruits or unsalted nuts and seeds.
Malaysians are blessed with the best cuisines. It’s okay to embrace your Malaysian taste buds, just remember to eat in moderation and stay active!