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Slowly learning

Sunday, February 17, 2013

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. emoticon
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. emoticon

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. emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
NASFKAB 2/18/2013 4:41AM

  great job buying what you eat can

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TRUCKERSMRS 2/18/2013 3:28AM

    I agree, the portion sizes at the takeaways are very large. When DH and I decide to have a treat and get a take-a-way, we have taken to buying just a few bits and sharing - that way we are not throwing a load of food out/putting money in the bin!!

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SYDLETZIII 2/17/2013 10:26PM

    You could do what I often have to do, I make them their food or let them buy take out, but I eat my food which is often different and healthier. If someone does buy me takeout, I put unused portion in compost pile (I am not afraid to feed the animals and insects of the world. I will lose my weight, because although I can not control them, I can control me.

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WATREKKIE 2/17/2013 8:18PM

    good for you!!!! emoticon

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TRUCKERWIFE2 2/17/2013 11:33AM

    I big step for you. You found something that didn't work for you, thought about it, figured out ways to make it work better next time. emoticon

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MYRTLE811 2/17/2013 7:16AM

  I think it's great that your yearning for food has diminished. Obviously you have made a difference in your life already. Take out food is generally very salty; so be careful with what you order as it doesn't help you lose weight, instead, you retain more fluid. Perhaps when you get the takeout, right away you can decide how much you will eat and then you could freeze the rest.
Good Luck.

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