family and friends. It is important to incorporate your diet into your daily lifestyle and social calendar. This will help you maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle long-term and be more successful keeping your weight off. Prior to embarking on a social event have a plan before you leave home so you are not tempted to break your healthy eating plan. Alternatively, save a few calories in your daily calorie intake so you can have a special treat.
- Don’t go on an empty stomach! Otherwise you risk eating peanuts, bread, crisps, etc. more quickly and in greater quantity. Before leaving, drink a cup of soup or eat a light salad.
- Tomato juice, a glass of champagne, a glass of sparkling wine or a glass of wine are the best alternatives to an aperitif such as port, kir, fruit juice based drinks, cocktails and other sugary drinks.
- Ask for sauces always to be served separately. You will eat less!
- Try to stick to one course. If you want more, choose vegetables.
- As far as possible choose only a main course, and possibly a soup or salad to start. A cup of coffee to end the meal is just as enjoyable! Beware desserts rich in calories!
What are the best choices in restaurants?
- Choose a fish dish. Seafood, smoked salmon, tomato filled with shrimps (without too much mayonnaise!), a small prawn salad, etc.
- Avoid fatty products such as prawn croquettes, pâté, foie gras and creamy dishes.
- A light salad is ideal to start a meal healthily! Beware calorific salads (e.g. with goats cheese and bacon).
- You can have soup, but preferably a clear soup rather than a creamy one. Don’t eat too much bread with it.
- Melon with ham is also a very good choice. If you remove the rind of the ham, it is even better. You also get a portion of fruit for this!
- Main course:
- Choose a preparation method that uses little fat, e.g.: steamed, grilled, poached.
- Be aware when eating sauces, browned butter, fried food, cream, cheese sauces, gratins, breaded dishes, mince-based meals, puff pastry and shortcrust pastry that these often have a high calorie content.
- Opt for fish, poultry or game.
- Ask for sauce to be served on the side.
- Order extra vegetables with your main course: a green salad or diced mixed vegetables. Ask even if they don’t appear on the menu!
- Ask if you can have plain boiled potatoes or bread; if not, eat croquettes and chips in moderation
- Ideally, try not to have dessert. You could order a coffee instead and enjoy the biscuit that it is served with.
- Opt for a fruit-based
- You could order a sorbet. Sorbet does, of course, contain sugar, but no fat, unlike other desserts such as ice cream, chocolate mousse, crème brûlée, tiramisu, crêpes, etc.
- Ask for your dessert to be served without cream.
- Drink tea or coffee without cream and sugar.
- Fans of Irish coffee: order a small coffee with a whisky!
Your family and friends can help encourage you to stick with your healthy eating plan by choosing healthy options with you. Do not make discussions about your food choices a main topic of conversation. If they do, change the topic and focus on other topics.Remember, to pack a sachet of XL-S Medical to take after your main meal. The discrete sachets can be taken without the need for water, if required.
Enjoy your social events as they are an important part of your healthy active lifestyle.