Mindful Eating: Buffet tips
Friday, August 23, 2013
Here are some of the tips I'm planning on using this weekend, when I will be attending a buffet-style lunch Saturday and a buffet-style dinner Sunday!
1. A Vulture Circles Three Times Before It Lands
This is a tip I heard from a beloved WW leader back in the day when I attended once weekly meetings: When you are faced with a long buffet table, before you grab a plate, go through the line once or twice to just see all it has to offer. Note which items you really want and which you are willing to skip. Note which items are potentially healthy choices, like veggies, that could fill up more real estate on your plate. If there are items that are calorie-dense but "worth the splurge," consider taking a smaller than normal portion, so you can at least have a taste.
When you finally get a plate, you should have a good idea of what is going to go onto it. By doing this simple pre-planning step, you avoid the downfalls of overloading your plate with some of everything. I've tried this technique on Thanksgiving and other holidays and found it to be helpful in preventing me from wasting calories on foods I don't really enjoy just because they are sitting right there in front of me.
Did I mention that both of these buffets are ALL-YOU-CAN-EAT and FREE-OF-CHARGE? Oy. A double whammy. For some reason, it is more tempting to grab as much food as possible when there are no cost/portion limits set for you. But I'm feeling up to the challenge. Wish me luck!