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Buffets used to EXCITE AND TERRIFY me, because of the many food choices but

🤷🏻‍♀️ I didn't know how to control how much I'd be eating

😨 I couldn't tell I was full until it was too late

🤢 I was afraid to gain weight

My old strategy to counter this was to

🙅🏻‍♀️ Not eat anything before a buffet

Avoid going to buffets

While the 2nd point doesn't sound bad, it also meant I would either feel guilty because I'd miss out on buffet lunches with my friends/family, or I'd go and feel shame after for overeating later.

It was horrible😔.

It took a while but I finally was able to use my plate as a guide! 🍽️

  1. Fill up at least half my plate with veg Rather than filling my plate with 🍖🍝🍞, I'd make sure that about half my plate was vegetables. This could be a salad🥗, or grilled/roasted/stewed vegetables🍅🍆🌶️🥦 The other half would be protein variety 🍗 with a bit of carbs 🍠 For dessert, I'd stick to one small plate🍰.

  2. Put down utensils To make sure, I'm not stuffing my face and over-eating, I literally put down my utensils 🍴 between bites to be more aware of my hunger or fullness.

Nowadays I'm able to enjoy eating without guilt or shame at buffets! It's liberating! 🥳

What do you love to eat at buffets?

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