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MANDIETERRIER1
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2/15/13 3:36 P

When desert time rolls around. One piece of cake or a cookie and then a plate of fruit, would be very satisfying.



MARITIMER3
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2/15/13 2:45 P

Buffets can be great! Rather than looking at it as a problem, look at the opportunities it gives you to choose healthy foods, in a healthy amount, rather than having a huge plate full of meat and potatoes put in front of you, with few vegetables.

My DH took me to a buffet restaurant yesterday for Valentine's Day - my choice - and I pre-planned what I would choose, stuck to my plan, and came away full of healthy foods and proud of myself.

Here are some of the tips that work for me:
- drink lots of water with your meal; avoid alcohol
- start with the salad bar - stay away from pasta salads, potato salad and other pre-mixed salads with mayonnaise-based dressings. Instead, choose raw vegetables (I take lettuce, tomato, cucumber, chick peas, beet slices, mushrooms, carrots). If there is meat on the salad bar, take grilled meats, shrimp, mussels.
- for the main course - avoid everything deep fried. Choose grilled meats or fish, fresh vegetables without sauce. If you have to have potato, choose oven roast if available.
- for dessert, go back to the salad bar and choose fresh fruit. Allow yourself one piece of your favourite cake, pie or whatever so you don't feel deprived.

Works for me.



DIDS70
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2/15/13 12:56 P

I am like most of the others that have already posted

my first and second plate are veggies or salad. i don't touch the dressings. Normally they have olive oil or balsamic vinegar. I usually have no trouble getting lemon wedges either.

i skip the bread, crackers, rice, potatoes.

I may have a tiny bit of whatever meat as long as it is not dripping in gravy, fat, or fried.

Dessert would be a plate of fruit.



NAUSIKAA
Posts: 4,848
2/15/13 5:48 A

This is going to sound weird, but I live in a country where buffets don't exist, so I have very little practice with this! When we went on vacation to a different country this Christmas, we went to a buffet and this is what I did:

- first plate was all salad stuff. They had a big vat (lol) of lettuce and then a few other salad bar type options so I made like three salads on my plate, and realllllly piled it on.

- second plate, I chose a really tiny portion of a variety of dishes but skipped anything that I thought didn't look good. Then I took a really small taste of each dish and just didn't eat the ones I wasn't crazy about -- which meant I left about 1/3 of the food on my plate - this is very unlike me, as I usually eat everything on my plate, but because I knew that the food was unlimited, and I had only taken tiny portions, I didnt' worry about it. I had told myself that I would go back for more of whatever I had really liked, but after eating all that salad, I was full.

- I skipped the bread entirely. For dessert, my husband and I split a piece of apple crumble and I let him have most of it.

It ended up just fine. It was still higher calorie than a normal meal but I think I did great. And now I probably won't have a buffet meal for several years!



CHRISBEM
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2/14/13 7:36 P

I try to do a plate full of the healthy salad options, trying to avoid the calorie boosters like dressing. For the rest, I try to limit to one more plate and load up the veggies



PAMSBUG
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2/14/13 7:32 P

Good Ideas !!



MANDIETERRIER1
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2/14/13 7:20 P

This is what I do......

One plate of salad, watch the dressing
One bowl of soup, broth based
One plate of food, what I really want
One small bowl of desert, whatever I want

I still consume a lot of calories, but half of what I used too



NEWBERRYBEAR71
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2/14/13 6:56 P

Sometimes its good to have a small healthy snack before you go too. I agree with the salad/veggie approach too. I'm afraid I have to avoid them all together, I just cant avoid the pitfalls(yet)



WHOVIAN85
Posts: 861
2/14/13 6:04 P

Dragonchilde, great advice! I will defintiely use those tips whenever I eat out at a buffet again. Most of the time when we visit my father in law and his wife, they take us put to a buffet style restuarant. I never eat desserts there, but the 2 plate guideline you have sounds like something I would have no problem doing. I love vegetables.



LEDIRETSE
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2/14/13 4:08 P

start with salad or veggies such as carrots lettuce, spinach. then try protein such as lean red meat or chicken breasts. and fruit salad for dessert if you still not full



CMCOLE
Posts: 2,667
2/14/13 3:50 P

head to the veggies or salad ingredients first

a light soup, if they have one

next non-battered/breaded things

good for you for planning strategies in advance



DRAGONCHILDE
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2/14/13 3:46 P

Start with a plate of vegetables! I always have a round of nothing but veggies. Fill up FIRST on those. Pick carefully... sometimes the veggies can be sneakily unhealthy. Salads are good, but watch the dressings and addons. You can ruin a good salad with too much crap.

I do two plates.

1) FILL with vegetables, always some broccoli if it's available. Broccoli fills you up and leaves you full for real.

2) Enjoy the things I want. I can have the fried chicken, but just one piece. Otherwise, I go for baked or steamed whatevers. And I always add at least another half a plate of veggies.

Filling up on vegetables makes it harder to go overboard.

I also skip the dessert, or choose something very small as a treat. Chocolate dipped strawberries are my favorite, although that's a Golden Corral thing. :)



EBETHET
Posts: 228
2/14/13 3:40 P

Sometimes you can't avoid buffets. I read an article that said to limit your choice to three items. The article said this will be more satisfying. Any other ideas?



 
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