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.
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| Pounds lost: 5.0