6 Ways To Avoid Over-Eating At A Wedding Event
I know…It is tough to stop this habit. Most times we are akin to going to a wedding ceremony with empty or half-filled stomach, expecting to indulge in the “festive treat”. And believe, me I get tempted to taste everything on the table.
The main purpose of many wedding events is to dine; share food and drinks with family and friends. The experience is particularly thrilling because there is so much to eat and drink. But most times we go home with a heavy stomach, feeling guilty that we have added extra calories we really need not have added and should have avoided in the first place.
Here are six ways you could minimize adding excess calorie while you enjoy the moment at a wedding event.
1. Do Not Attend A Wedding Event With An Empty Stomach
Many people tend to skip lunch because they have a wedding reception to attend at 2 pm. We are happy to taste food cooked by others. When you are very hungry, you may not rationalize calorie count, right food servings or even observe simple food etiquette. You will most likely eat more than you would normally eat. To avoid this, eat your normal day meals before heading to that reception. That way, you will only eat what you actually need and want to eat.
2. Avoid Or Cut Down On Early Side Treats Or Dessert
It’s becoming fashionable to see side plates of samosa, meat balls and Swiss rolls etc. being served at beginning of wedding ceremonies. This is in addition to the canned and bottled juice, sodas and sweets placed on table. All these are “starters”! Most times one gets really full and satisfied before the main course. For dessert, simply pick a piece and ask the rest be taken away. Avoid sitting facing the dessert table.
3. Use Small Size Plates
You may not perceive you are hungry when you arrive at a wedding reception. But the sight of a big plate full of brightly colored food gives you a feeling of being super hungry. This makes you fill up a big size plates the “hungry man plate”.
To avoid chances of filling up a big size plate with more food than you need, use a side plate. Chew your food slowly and thoroughly and take plenty of water in-between bites.
4. Leave Used Plates On The Table
This may make you feel irresponsible but you are not. The sight of used plates signal to you: “I am full”, “I have finished eating” or “food is finished”! This has worked pretty well for me. I have purposefully refused waiters picking my plates off the table when it obviously looks empty, especially when I am not yet ready to leave and more food is coming. The used plates reinforce the feeling of satiety and keep the table occupied.
5. Take Plenty Of Water
The health benefit of drinking lots of water when eating cannot be over-emphasized. This advice is definitely scientific but also stems from some religious beliefs. In Islam, Muslims should divide their stomach into three thirds while eating. First third for food, second third for water and the last third for air.
Taking lots of water while eating aids digestion, ensures early satiety and the water replaces room for extra calories from food that would have otherwise been consumed excessively.
6. Engage In Interesting Conversation
This sounds like me going against my grandmother”s advise of: “Do not talk while eating!”. But when you engage in an interesting conversation with someone at the table, and take small food bite in-between ,you tend to focus your attention on the conversation and not the food. To prevent choking yourself, pause between bites, talk slowly, eat small bites at a time, sip lots of water in-between sentences, avoid speaking while chewing or swallowing and avoid spicy and hot foods when talking. By avoiding these simple rules, you could enjoy both an interesting conversation and a sumptuous meal.
Wedding is an important event in our lives and we look forward to attending one always. We want to celebrate with the couple, friends and family, but we also go home with no guilty feelings of over-eating. In the bit to indulge, we do not have to eat in excess, add extra calories and gain undesirable weight. As you eat out during a wedding event, remember that calories also count.