Eating Out w/Beck or FIRST Thing to do When Eating Out.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
I randomly review chapters in my Beck workbook to stay inspired and motivated. Last night I was reading Day 30, Eat Out with Ease.
She gives some good tips for eating out and they mostly involve PLANNING.
The last tip on this page is the FIRST THING TO DO WHEN EATING OUT!
Decide in advance how many calories (or whatever you are counting) you are going to have when you eat out. It's ok to eat a little less during the day and/or allow a few more calories for your restaurant meal, if you do this once a week. Obviously if you eat out ever day you are in a completely different reality, lol.
Re-read your list of reasons for losing weight and review all your Response Cards before you get to the restaurant. I remind myself how great it is to feel good in my clothes and to wear things I haven't worn in years!
Here is an important one that I do every time - Try to find the restaurant menu online and CHOOSE what you are going to order! I do that. I do it faithfully and I stick to it, using NO CHOICE as my mantra. This is what I'm going to eat. There is No Choice to eat anything else! My decision is made. I'm done!
If there is no online restaurant menu you usually know what type of restaurant you'll be in and can look for nutritional info on the usual type of fare they serve, knowing you will probably skip appetizers, bread and dessert.
When your food arrives, she says to portion off the amount you plan to eat and push the rest to the side of your plate or transfer it to a bread plate.
But wait. I have a better idea and do it faithfully:
WHEN YOU ORDER YOUR FOOD ask the waiter to bring you a take out box WITH THE FOOD WHEN IT IS DELIVERED TO YOUR TABLE.
Put the excess food, and there is almost always MORE food than you know you should eat, into the take out box BEFORE YOU TAKE THE FIRST BITE. Close the box, push it aside and forget it is there until you are ready to leave!
THIS WORKS! Also, begin to use eating out, usually with at least one other person, as a social exercise. Pay attention to the person with you. Talk and laugh with them and get involved in the conversation, in the enjoyment. Eat slowly. Put your fork down a lot and talk and laugh.
At the end, you'll be happy, you won't be stuffed, you won't feel "bad" or guilty for overeating. You'll have a good time to remember and next morning you'll be really happy on the scale!