You know those times when you have eaten a proper dinner, you are not hungry anymore, but there is a feeling of dissatisfaction, cravings…You then, hover near the refrigerator and pantry trying to see what will satisfy that craving.
Here’s my trick to combat that feeling – especially after dinner. I drink hot mint tea. (It is actually called a mint tisane, but what the heck, who calls it that?) Lot of people drink green tea for similar results, but I can’t deal with the caffeine of green tea late at night (and yes, green tea has caffeine).
Sipping a glass of mint tea is great, because 1) it is almost zero calories 2) It takes time to drink it – which means you can distance your stomach from the time between feeling full and pukish-ly full and 3) That slightly bitter taste cuts off the craving for anything sweet or creamy in your mind.
This trick works 70% of the time for me. It still does not overcome all temptation days. But, it helps a lot, especially in cold winter days. I occasionally mix it up with other flavors like lavender, chamomile, oolong (so floral and elegant!!), even Pu-erh (acquired taste required for this). However, I keep coming back to mint tea.
Indians may have difficulty getting used to drinking tea without milk and sugar. That was a bridge I had to cross. Earlier, I used to splash some milk in it, to the utter disgust of my sister. Now, I look back at those times with “Wait…, I did that?” expression. But if you need to add milk, so be it. Do your thing, you know your taste buds best. Slowly, reduce the milk and/or sugar until you don’t need it anymore. I am a firm believer in continuous improvement. We all can develop healthy eating habits, one habit at a time.
My mom (and many in the older generation) would have a few paaku pieces (betel nut) after food to cut through the food taste in her mouth. What trick do you use to cut out cravings? Do you have any other tea flavors that you recommend?