4. Eat slowly. Savor every bite. This isn’t a race, it’s a dining experience. When you eat mindfully, you will have a complete sensory experience and find that you will be more satisfied with less food.
5. Alcohol stimulates the appetite, and adds empty calories. While a glass of red wine is full of natural health benefits, more than one glass will make you eat mindlessly and more – so cut down or cut it out!
6. Order first when you’re out with a group. Research shows that people who order first tend to make healthier choices, because they decide for themselves rather than following the crowd.
7. Tell the waiter to Take The Bread Away! This is a no-brainer if you ask me. That bucket of bread sits there and stares you in the face until you can’t say no. So Say No in the beginning. Get it out of there and you won’t be tempted.
8. Make sensible choices. Just because you’re in a different atmosphere doesn’t change the rules of natural health or maintaining or achieving your optimal weight. If you wouldn’t eat gooey, creamy high fat dishes at home, don’t do it in a restaurant. It’s going into the same stomach after all!
9. Eat dessert! That’s right, I said Go For It – Eat Dessert. But don’t eat the whole thing. Share your dessert. If you eat one bite slowly and mindfully, it will satisfy you. Studies show that we are most satisfied with the first bite or two, so go for it. And then stop!
10. Tomorrow is another day. There will be another opportunity to eat again. Unless you’re from a poverty stricken, famine or drought laden country – chances are you will eat again tomorrow. So don’t eat it all today. Especially on a cruise ship or at a buffet. Just because there’s a lot of food in front of you, doesn’t mean you have to be the one to eat it all. There will be more tomorrow. Use moderation.
See previous post – E is for Eating Out – Rules for Restaurants, part 1
And Enjoy Every Eating Experience!