Monday, May 13, 2013

How to Survive an All-You-Can-Eat Buffet

First of all, I hope that everyone had a great Mother's Day. I know I did.

Second...I wrote this post a LOOONG time ago, but completely forgot to post it. However, I have a feeling that I am going to end up at one of those pesky restaurants tonight for my husband's birthday, so I thought now was the perfect time to review it! Simply follow this simple step-by-step instruction guide, and you’ll get through those tempting family dinners like a champ!

Step 1: Make a plan ahead of time, deciding what you will eat and what you will avoid

Step 2: Ignore your plan, realizing that it was too strict

Step 3: Order water. Restaurants use a ton of salt.

Step 4: Start with the salad bar. Fill at least half of your plate with ACTUAL salad and fruit before deciding on which higher-calorie options to sample.

Step 5: You do NOT need a sample of every bread product. Stop it!

Step 6: After the salad portion is done, move on to the main course. Try to fill half of your plate with vegetables (variety is key).

Step 7: Decide what you REALLY want to eat. You probably know the difference between food that looks good and food that tastes good. Treat yourself, but try to watch your portions.

Step 8: If your favourite food is really fatty, start with a small amount. You can always go back to get more (but chances are, you won’t...that of you'll go back 6 times...).

Step 9: Um, I see that giant spoonful you are about to scoop onto your plate. Cut your portion in half.

Step 10: Resist the urge to dive head-first into your plate. Eat slowly!

Step 11: The dessert course: perhaps the most difficult of all! I’d suggest reviewing all that the restaurant has to offer before putting anything on your plate. Decide what looks the absolute best, and get that. And enjoy it. Also, get some fruit. It’s good for you.

Step 12: Get to your weekly weigh-in (after giving yourself a few days to get rid of the extra salt you inevitably consumed). You haven’t gained a thing! Congratulations!

P.S. Last day to entre my Creative Designs GIVEAWAY!!!!


  1. Will you link this up with me today at Motivation Monday?

  2. Haha GREAT advice!
    I am total failure at these things. I drink a ton of water, and don't eat everything. BUT I can't say no to dessert. YUM. Bad, but yum.

  3. I love this - particularly Step 2.