Eating Out & Staying on Plan

Topic this week was eating out and managing to stay on plan, with imminent Valentines Day coming up only a small handful said they celebrated but we still discussed the obstacles we face when going out for meals so we discussed various tips and ideas to deal with situations.

  • Plan ahead – Check the menu online, see what the healthiest choices are, contact them and ask if they can cook a certain way for you.
  • You choose the restaurant – that way you can choose the healthiest choice and still be part of the celebrations.
  • Make a meal out of side dishes.
  • Take your own low calorie dressings with you or ask for them to be in a separate bowl so you can control how much you put on.
  • Don’t limit to what you see on the menu, ask for grilled options – ask for it to be cooked a certain way – you’re paying for it!
  • Order first – that way you won’t be tempted to choose what others choose!
  • Eat slowly and drink before and during your meal.
  • Have two courses – either avoid dessert or the starter to reduce your intake.
  • Choose tomato based dishes as opposed to creamy ones.
  • Request less oil or no oil if possible.
  • Alcohol – alternate with glasses of water.

Also we discussed receiving gifts for Valentines Day – if you do participate request non calorific gifts – no alcohol or chocolate!!!

This week’s successes:

A total 218 marbles were lost across all meetings (59lbs!!). Massive well done everyone. Special mentions:-

  • Super sevens went to Michael, Arlene, Karen, Anne, Georgia. Sian and Chris.
  • Babs and Deborah got their stone awards
  • Slimmers of the week went to Jason, Beth, Babs, Michelle. Deborah, Georgia, Val, Tania and Ann.





This week we’re discussing the main 3 sugar types, where they are found and the amount you should be having per day.