If you’re on a keto diet, you already know that fat is your friend and carbs/sugar are your enemies, so that should give you a basic starting point when determining which foods to should avoid and stick to during a trip away from home. However, some foreign recipes may incorporate unfamiliar components that contain more carbs than you expected, so it’s good to be prepared with a list of foods that you should try while on a trip to Penang. There are lots of Malaysian foods that go against the keto diet, so consider this a rough guide on what to eat and what not to eat while you’re there.
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Supermarket Staples to Stock up On
If you’re headed to the grocery store in Penang, you’ll be glad to know that there are plenty of items that provide excellent sources of fat, many of which you’re probably already eating at home. For starters, you should be able to pick up some avocados, butter, olive oil, cream, hard cheese, mayo, peanut butter, nuts, coconut milk, and eggs in just about any store in Penang. You may also want to bring a popular Keto supplement like Nutrigold 7 Keto to make your job of keeping it keto simple, no matter the circumstances.
Keeping It Keto at Penang Restaurants
Unfortunately, most Malaysian dishes contain sugar, rice, or noodles, all of which are no-no’s when you’re on a keto diet. Although your menu options will be somewhat restricted, oftentimes you can tell your server to hold the rice or noodles or specify that you want “only meat” with no sauce or sides, and you should be able to get by that way. There are many menu options that you can keep as-is though, such as some tofu and seafood dishes. Keep in mind that breaking the keto diet and consuming more than your keto carb limit will set you back more than just one night because it will take a couple days for your metabolism to re-enter full ketosis.
Avoid the Street Food Stands
When you’re out enjoying the sights in Penang, you may run into street food stalls, particularly in the New Lane Street and Street Hawker areas. While some of these food stalls will have a few keto-friendly options, if you can help it, you should just avoid these areas altogether because the intensely appealing aromas of all that authentic food in one place could tempt you to break your diet. Although restaurants obviously smell good too, when you’re out in the fresh air around street food stalls, the smell is strong that you’re practically already tasting the food, so the temptation is often too much to resist.
Penang Is a Doable Keto Destination
Ultimately, everywhere you go you’re going to encounter foods that contain carbs, but even in Penang where most of the signature dishes contain rice, noodles, sauces, or sugar, you can still get by just fine by heeding the tips given above. In closing, stocking up on backup food upon arrival and bringing your favorite keto shakes are two preliminary steps you should take to avoid breaking your diet while on vacation.