The weekend is upon us and for many, that means social events: dinner with family, drinks with friends and parties celebrating special events. Don’t let your weekends derail the efforts you put in during the week. Parties, birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, etc – food is always involved. Don’t get me wrong, I am a foodie at heart. I love trying new restaurants, but if I did it all the time, I’d be back to my old weight and broke.
Am I saying you can’t indulge and enjoy a “cheat meal” every now and again? Nope, but I do know for me, after I “cheat”, I have to immediately rein it in the next meal, or else the consequences are awful. If I end up indulging all weekend, I find it is much harder to get back on track.
If you know that you will be at a party or event where you are unsure of the menu or you will not be able to resist, eat before. I drink my Shakeology before I head to a party because when I arrive I am less likely to head straight for the apps.
I have compiled a list of tips and tricks to help you get through dining out, parties, and other social events.
How to stay on track at restaurants/parties/trips:
- If eating at a restaurant, look up the menu before you go. Have a plan in place and know what you want to order. If the menu is not available online, look for foods that are “grilled”, “baked”, “broiled”, “steamed”. Avoid foods that are “fried”, “creamy”, “breaded”, or “sautéed”.
- Do not eat the bread before hand, or ask the server to not bring bread or chips/salsa to the table.
- If you are going to someone’s house for a party or for dinner, ask if you can bring a dish. Make it healthy. Then you know there is something you can eat.
- Skip the dessert, or split it with someone. Chose one dessert that will really satisfy you.
- Watch the condiments! Some of them are fatty and/or sugary.
- Get a half-order instead. If that is not an option, cut your dinner in half and ask for a to-go box. Out of sight, out of mind.
- Order a side of veggies or a salad instead of French fries.
- Drink your Shakeology before you go to the event. You won’t be starving and will be less likely to overindulge.
- Drink lots of water. This will help curb your appetite and keep you from overeating.
- If you are traveling for a day out, or a weeklong trip, pack healthy snacks.
- Get in your exercise! Don’t skip out on sweating just because it is the weekend.
Surround yourself with people who support your efforts and are not sabotaging your journey. I am lucky in that aspect. I have a husband who enjoys working out with me and friends who enjoy working out together. Invite a friend for a hike or to try a class at the gym with you. Organize a group kickball or soccer game and even get kids involved!
Everyone is obligated to have a cheat meal now and again. My general rule of thumb is max 1 cheat meal per week.
Here are my rules for a cheat meal:
DO IT! LOVE EVERY BITE, AND MOVE ON!
You can do it! Believe in yourself and remember your goal. Eating clean and creating a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to mean that you are becoming a boring person. There is so much more to our lives than eating and drinking; experiencing life with our friends and family and making memories is what it’s all about!