It is spring and quickly moving into summer and with that comes the brunch season too. With the beautiful weather, breakfast outside is such a wonderful time. Not to mention the spring brings many showers that you will be invited to. From baby showers, wedding showers, bbq's, Mother's day, Father's day, graduations and many, many other invitations to eat a lot and so many different delicious fattening foods. The events this time of year are on full speed.
I don't help either. Every week I put up the most delicious brunch recipes I can find or create, and they usually can't be found on any diet you may be on.
So what do you do when you want to go to all these events, but also don't want to undo all the hard work you did with your diet during the week? That is absolutely my downfall. I can be so super strict during the week and feel so good about myself, then the weekend comes and my diet just goes all to hell. I can be swayed too easily and it is even worse when I go to these events with such good food to be had!
So, here are a few tips to help you get through the brunch season and attending so many events that are coming up.
Make brunch your second meal - Have a light breakfast at home a couple of hours before your event or brunch. A bowl of fruit, yogurt, wheat toast with some almond, peanut, or nut butters. That way, you won't feel starved when it is time to order and throw your diet out the window.
Order first - Check over the menu and decide what looks appetizing and healthy and order first. If you place your order before anyone else, you will less likely be swayed by what everyone else is ordering or the detailed description of the cinnamon cream cheese stuffed French toast with creamy maple syrup.
It's okay to be stuck-up - Try not to waste those precious calories on something that just doesn't taste that good. You may get an item on your plate that just didn't taste as good as you imagined like breakfast potatoes or so-so sausage or over toasted bread. Leave it on your plate. You don't need it and it isn't worth the calories if it just doesn't taste so that good.
Be web savvy - Check out the restaurant you are going to before you go there online. Check out lots of different restaurant review websites and see what other people think are fantastic. Maybe you might be convinced to try something new that you may have not thought of ordering when you read the menu at the restaurant. Also, many restaurants will have calorie counts or healthier options on their website, and you can choose what to get before you go. If they don't have the calories, you can still see what they have on their menu, and do your own calorie count at home with the help of other calorie counter websites or phone apps.
Math counts - Many states have passed a law that restaurants must have the calorie count of each entree on their menu. However, studies show that they are not always exact and that you should always add at least 100 calories to the listed calories of the item you choose.
"I've had enough." - Tell yourself that you have had enough. Eat until you are satisfied, but not completely stuffed. Order a hot tea and that should satisfy your urge to eat anymore and make you feel good and full.
Enjoy your events this year, but hopefully these tips will help you get through and keep you on track.