I am finally learning that I cannot eat as I used to and that when I do I suffer for it. This weekend is a prime example.
A very busy tiring day led to DH ordering a takeaway and that meant having more food than we would normally have. We have ready cooked meals that I made in the freezer but DH fancied a takeaway, what he calls 'Normal Food' in other words not portion or calorie controlled.
A few problems with takeaway foods are:
1) Cost, takeaways are expensive.
2) Waste, having spent all that money on one meal throwing out what you don't eat seems wrong. Some things are not good to re-heat so saving them for the next day is not an option.
3) You over eat
So cost and waste are two areas I have problems with. For one thing the cost of a meal for two people is crazy, I can make far more for amount of money it costs to buy a takeaway. Then there is the waste, there is always far too much food and some is simply not a good idea to re-heat so you end up throwing it away.
So not wanting to waste it you eat more than you would do normally.
That is exactly what I did I ate too much.
Result I felt bloated and uncomfortable and in the morning was still full.
Now not that long ago I could have eaten the meal and if anything was left over go back for seconds.
Now I cannot do that and yesterday has taught me a valuable lesson I am not able to eat as I used to.
So what am I going to do when DH fancies a takeaway?
I have come up with a couple of solutions:
1) If a takeaway is something that is a treat go for things that can be re-heated or eaten cold example Pizza, Indian or Chinese, I never re-heat rice.
Go for the smaller pizza and have a salad with it rather than fries.
2) Indian takeaway go for rice and don't order the Naan as well.
3) Chinese opt out of fried rice.
Some ideas for making the food in the freezer more tempting when a takeaway is what you fancy.
1) Home made curry: Go out and buy in mini Naans to add to it or a few samosa's.
2) Home made Pasta bake, add some garlic bread you can make small portions of this and add a salad. Personally I don't think pasta bakes need garlic bread but I do make it DH. I use part baked Petit Pain Rolls and make my own garlic butter. Cut the rolls on the diagonal so you have three slices. Butter each section and put the roll back together and bake.
3) For an extra treat get an indulgent dessert in there are plenty out there in single portions.
We will get a takeaway again but I have learnt my lesson. Go for foods that I can have another day and not feel I have to eat it all as I have spent such a lot of money on one meal.
So lesson learnt I cannot eat as I used to, go for what I know I can eat in comfort.