One thing I’ve learned over my years of maintenance is to control the amount of food I eat at a meal. Now this is easy when I am at home since I tend to use my 1 cup bowls to portion out my food. But what happens when I am out to eat or at a party?
Knowing very well that there will be foods that are exciting and not my normal fair, I make sure I have a solid plan. These events are very easy for me to get off track.
Well I always plan before I go out or to a party. I find out what type of food will be available.
So without my 1 cup bowl, I’ve come up with a strategy that works for me. I call it the few bites technique. I determine a number of bites I will allow myself throughout the meal.
For me it typically ranges from 10-12 bites. And of course it depends on the type of food. Is it firm protein type foods like shrimp cocktail? I could never eat 12 shrimp cocktails!!!
So if you plan it out, it may look something like this:
Appetizers: 2-3 bites. Say something like a mini quiche or shrimp cocktail. My husband loves calamari. So I will try 2 bites if calamari.
Main Course: 4 bites. This is where I always get the most attention from the waiter. “Is everything all right?” “Did I not like what I ordered?”
Dessert: 2-3 bites. I’m a 2 bite dessert girl. I am a dumper so more than that will make me feel not so good most of the time. So why even go there.
Now everyone has to come up with the best approach for themselves, but I thought I’d share my strategy.
How do you manage eating out or special outings where food is served?
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