Malaysia is not only well known for the multi-racial country, but also many kinds of delicious food! Especially in Ramadhan month! Why? Because during fasting month, there is always bazaars in every district. And they sell tons of mouth-watering food! So many choices that I simply can’t decide what I want and I end up getting a lot of food just for myself. Greedy ey? :p
Yes, there are kinds of food that you simply cannot resist. But that doesn’t mean it’s alright to eat so much at one time or simply a lot! Let me share you some tips, that is also useful for our daily lives.
When we break fast, we tend to start by drinking or eating something sweet. Well, maybe because it quench your thirst, other than that, it does nothing to you but only adding up your calories count for the day! Sugary drinks may have hundreds of calories and they don’t make you any fuller. So it’s best to drink plain water or calorie-free drinks like tea. Eating something sweet, I meant by all those kuih-muih, it’s fine to have it once in a while, but not every day! I know it’s puasa month, but you gotta chill k. LOL. Start with fruits or dates which are inherently high with carbohydrates.
After a whole day of fasting, some of us are just so darn hungry, we head straight to the main course. Some, just take it slow and easy or 5 minutes break for praying after they’re done break fasting with drinks and dates. Well, for those who eats rice as high as mountain (or makan macam tak hengat dunia), take it easy and remember that your stomach is as big as your fist! Don’t expect to stuff 10 times that amount of food into it without negative consequences. Something many people don’t realize is that your stomach will stretch when you’re used to eating a lot. If you only eat small amounts of food at a time, your stomach won’t ever stretch out like it does when you gorge yourself on a big meal, and then, with a smaller stomach, it won’t take as much to make you feel full. You can do this by only taking small, right-sized portions of food onto your plate, and when you’re done with that, sit back and feel whether or not you’re still hungry. Give yourself 10 to 20 minutes. If you really are still hungry after that time has passed, take a tiny bit more. However, if you give your body time to signal your brain, you’ll find that you’re usually not still truly hungry.
Eat slowly and chew properly. Chew your food till it has turned mush. Even I have to remind myself that because I’m always on the go. Try to take small bites and chew 4-5 times. Remember that it takes 15-20 minutes for your satisfied feeling to get to your brain even if your stomach is bloated and regardless of how much you eat. Give your system time for the digestive and hormonal processes to take place so that the signal gets to your brain! Eating slowly helps to keep the amount of food you’re eating small until you feel the satisfied feelings. It also prevents you from gorging yourself, and gives you more time to accurately reflect on whether your stomach feels full yet or not. It takes about a whole 15-20 minutes for your stomach to send the message to the brain that you are full, so you could be eating 15 minutes more than your body wants. Eating slowly prevents overeating and will get you satisfied with less calories without feeling hungry or deprived.
So there you go, eat right ya’ll!
Selamat Berpuasa and stay healthy!