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It is the snacks that do me in! so i do take baked chips, crudites and healthy dips (guacamole with more low fat cottage cheese in than anything else or home made hummus etc). As long as am snacking - even if on a baby carrot am happy. I am vegetarian so the meat isn't a problem. but I have lost successfully this year by tasting everything I love (including nightly dark chocolate) in moderation
for your tips Sheila these will be very hand over the festive season.
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Oh yes - this can be fraught with problems!
You could take vegetable snacks (crudites) and a fat-free dip like cottage cheese with chives, or low fat hummus as your contribution to the festivities. Also you could take chunks of fruit.
When you take your meat for the braai, how about taking a skewer of chicken, peppers, apricots, prunes and onion - go easy on any marinades and sauces - tho you could marinade in lemon juice and chilli or curry powder??
I have an advantage over you (tho most people seem to think it's awful)! I am gluten-intolerant so I leave the bread and nachos etc alone! I do eat the guacamole tho, but on celery or chunk of pepper!!
The biltong should be ok unless it is salty in which case you'll end up with too much sodium and retain water, plus be thirsty and drink more G&Ts
You are going to have to steer clear of the fatty meats - maybe start taking chicken breasts or steak (or ostrich steaks which are stunning)
And of course - loads and loads of salad and leave the dressings alone - stick to lemon juice and black pepper and maybe balsamic vinegar
Good luck and great South African eating :))
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i am looking for tips on surviving the braai culture in south africa. i love it - i love sitting around, drinking (usually gin and tonic), snacking on all kinds of things (chips, biltong, cabanosi, cheese and crackers) and eating whatever is crispy from the fire (pork rashers, chops, chicken wings). but this braai culture is killing my weight loss goals. i have tried eating before i go to a braai - i learned to never arrive hungry or i will eat ALL the snacks. but still, i cannot avoid the 2nd (or sometimes 3rd) g&t, and if the snacks are in front of me i will pick at them... and then there's the meat on the braai...
any ideas? i go for "family night" with my in-laws at least once a week and i am worried that it is sabotaging my diet, even if it is great for my relationship.