Strategies For Eating Out

Lesson 3: Restaurants, Parties, and the Workplace

While it may be easy to manage what, when, and how much we eat when we are in control of the food and situation, but this isn’t always realistic. We have lives, and we often find ourselves in situations that can make it difficult to have control.

We often find ourselves at restaurants, parties or in a workplace situation where we can’t use our small plate to portion food, or you may be presented with food even though you are not hungry. This can make it tempting to eat when you are not hungry or overeat during your meal.

These situations can be a real challenge for people who are trying to lose weight, so you should have a strategy in place in advance and make sure you stick to it.

Your Strategy for Parties

The best strategy for parties is to walk in being ready to eat nothing at all. This can be a challenge when there is food surrounding you, but you should stick to eating nothing because once you start eating at a party, it is very hard to stop for most people. This is why it is just to avoid it altogether.

To keep yourself from grabbing food, instead grab a drink. This can be water or anything that is low-calorie or zero-calorie. When you have a drink in hand, you will be less likely to reach for food.

Often, people worry that if they do not eat anything, other people will notice and wonder why. When you have a drink in hand, most people won’t even notice that you aren’t eating anything.

Your Strategy for Restaurants

Restaurants are a bit of a different story, so it is reasonable to assume that your strategy will also be different.

It’s very difficult to go to a restaurant with friends and family and not eat anything. So, go and enjoy yourself. But instead of ordering a full meal, order just a soup or a salad. Remember to keep your portions small, so by ordering something small like a soup or salad, you won’t be tempted to overeat.

If people ask and you are feeling self-conscious, just tell people you’re not very hungry or that you just ate recently. Try to make your soup or salad last throughout the meal, this way you savor it more and you feel more satisfied with it. And remember. If you get home and are still hungry, you can always eat again.

Your Strategy for the Workplace

For some people, the workplace can be one of the most challenging as there tend to be calorie-heavy snacks around, especially during the holidays.

To counter this, only eat what you bring from home. The food that you bring from home to snack should be healthy snacks like celery sticks, carrots, or any other veggie you want. You can also bring a bit of fruit, and while fruit still contains sugar, it is a better alternative to eating candy or cake available at the workplace.

The other big problem with the workplace is lunchtime. Just because it’s lunchtime, does not mean you’re supposed to eat lunch.

Think of lunchtime as an opportunity to make phone calls, catch up on some work, take a walk around the building, or do any sort of relaxation that you want. Remember, you only want to eat if you are truly hungry, and not just because it is lunchtime.

Main Takeaways from Lesson 3: Restaurants, Parties and the Workplace

  • Don’t eat at parties, but instead walk around with a drink
  • Order soup or salad at restaurants to avoid overeating
  • Bring your own healthy snacks to the workplace
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