Hi my lovely readers!
I love a good buffet. I love the food choices, being able to eat as much as I like or can as well as trying out different foods, because I can choose the quantity of everything. While buffets are great in that sense, they don’t tend to be good for our waste line as we often overeat when we go to the buffet.
We might have good intentions and tell ourselves that we will not eat too much, but often the good intentions go out the window. Still, there’re a few tips and tricks we can follow to eat a bit better and perhaps limit our food intake.
Here are a few tips and tricks that can help you to make smart food choices at the buffet.
The best way to start is with a nice big, green and healthy salad with different veggies. Fibre in for instance beans fills you up so by the time you’ll approach the buffet again you won’t feel that hungry anymore and automatically make better food choices and eat less of those fattening foods.
DON’T OVERFILL YOUR PLATE
When we’re hungry we get greedy. We see all those things we like and pile them up on our plate. Before we know it the plate is full to the rim. This has several disadvantages.
First, you’ll most likely eat more than you would normally eat at home. Second you won’t have space for all the other foods that you want to try or you force yourself to eat more than you should to try them and feel sick afterwards (speaking from experience here).
The best is to only add a few items to your plate and come back for me if you’re still hungry. This helps you to slow down and allowing your body to signal that you’re getting full.
We often overeat as we don’t allow our stomach to transmit the message to our brain that we’re full. It takes around 20 minutes for that feeling of fullness to kick in from the time we’re starting to eat.
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Eating slowly, chewing properly and taking breaks in between the walks to to buffet will help. So does a nice dinner conversation as this slows us down.
THE THINKING AHEAD TRICK
You’re feeling full, but you still fancy that extra slice of cake as it was super tasty? Eating that extra slice might feel good in the moment, but how will it make you feel in 30 minutes?
Asking yourself that question will help you to make a better choice. Will you feel okay and happy or perhaps sick, bloated or even guilty?
Would you implement any of these tips and tricks? Let me know what you make of them!
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