If your life revolves around the next meal as mine does, or if you are planning your next meal as you are finishing your present, then you may just understand the struggle of fitting in to clothes. Some are blessed with a metabolism and skinny genes, and I realized very early on that I am not one of those. My mantra was Eat…Burn…Repeat and still continues to be.
Having said that, just burning is not enough. We have to watch what we eat. But what does one do, when social life revolves around eating out, treating oneself with food is easier than a shopping binge or a holiday so a meal out or dessert is often a pat on the back too. While I have been trying to lose 5 kgs for the last 8 years now, and I haven’t lost it, but my goal has not changed, which essentially means that I have not changed sizes drastically. I have also made peace with my body now. There are a few pointers I practice and I would like to share them with you, about how I try to balance eating out and still being healthy.
Tip 1 : Easy On Oil / Butter / Sauces and Cream.
Any restaurant that is making food fresh, will be happy to accommodate this request. No matter how fancy or regular it is. I have realised that a lot of restaurants tend to go overboard with the oil and butter, since it cooks food faster and comes across as tastier. I prefer to control the amount of ghee or oil so I always ask for it on the side. You don’t have to deprive, just control
Tip 2 : WorkOut in anticipation of a Big Meal
When I am indulging in a BIG meal, I always plan activity as well. Either before to earn it, or after to redeem it. I realise it is Math, we are biting into a lot more than our body needs from our sedentary existence. In my head this is a fair trade.
Sometimes, you may not be able to make time for a workout, but it does not matter if you miss it by a day, the important point to keep in mind is that one must go back.
Tip 3: Share Dessert
Desserts are Sinful, and the tastiest ones are sheer indulgence and possibly have nothing that is nutritious, as much as we convince ourselves. There are healthier options, but the unhealthy ones are the ones we crave, the healthy ones are those we make peace with. At least, that’s what I do. It is an indulgence and best shared,. Dessert portions are fairly large and sharing them just reduces the guilt of wasting, and the burden of pants that don’t button up!
Tip 4: Meals with Friends.
I love romantic dinners for the ambience and the bonding, but I always have one regret. The variety of food that you can taste is very little. Added to this, since my husband is Non Vegetarian and I am vegetarian, when we go out we seldom share. The greedy in me loves the idea of many dishes… I love tasting a lot of food when I am going out, therefore I am always in favour of large groups going out to eat. You also do not end up eating as much and you can try a lot of food. You have the choice of portion control paired with tasting more food.
Tip 5: Plan One Big Meal
My bohemian fantasies are made up of every meal being a feast, a slothful existence in which I am skinny. But that, is a fantasy that has no scope of being a reality anytime in future. Three mad meals in a day may be difficult for the body to take, so balance it out. If Breakfast put cheat day to shame, then Lunch and Dinner can be a bit kinder on the stomach and conservative with calories. I also try to ensure that I am not completely skewed to one food group. I would avoid 3 carb heavy meals in a day and mix it up with a meal that is protein heavy.
These are some things I follow, I would love to hear what you do to balance eating out and stay healthy. If any of my tips helped you I would love to hear about that too. Let’s keep the conversation going .