Renee's Rules for Buffet Eating
Thursday, July 30, 2009
This blog was inspired by another member's blog. I started thinking about how I would survive an inevitable visit to an "all you can eat" buffet. Here are my rules. Feel free to suggest more. I'll add 'em.
Rules for eating at a Buffet
1. Accept that if you are going to an "all you can eat buffet," you most likely eat more than you plan, but don't plan to eat more.
2. Choose to drink water with your meal
3. If they offer a healthy, lower calorie (not cream) soup, enjoy a cup of it first (skip the crackers)
4. Use two salad plates (one for your salad and one for your dinner) or one dinner plate (half for salad and half for dinner)
5. Do not go back for seconds
6. Don’t graze while you’re filling your plate
7. Don’t use cream dressing on your salad
8. Know the portion size and/or the relative calorie count for the foods you see—Fried okra is 190 calories per serving, one estimate on SP says, and one serving is 26 pieces. Five or six pieces may be just right. A half cup of noodles with sauce would be much higher in calories. Maybe take a calorie guide, or load one on a portable electronic device.
9. Skip the noodles (or treat yourself to only a spoonful or two)
10. Skip the bread
11. Eat slowly
12. Share one dessert; take only enough to feel satisfied and not deprived
13. Enjoy the company as well as your meal
14. Take the time to track your meal. You’ll eat more thoughtfully if you know you will track it later, and you will learn more about the food choices you make
15. See rule one
16. If you do overeat, pick yourself up, brush off the crumbs, and keep on truckin’!