The horror of eating out

It is somewhat upsetting that when I hear the words ‘shall we eat out‘ I have a small panic attack inside. Eat out? How will I know what I’m actually eating? How much fat is in the food? What if they deep fry their chips? Yes, but does that come with a salad or thousands of onion rings? Take the picture below – I was staying at a hotel before a flight and the menu was somewhat limited. After examining it, I decided the best option would be to have the sirloin steak and chips, but substitute the chips for boiled potatoes. They then presented this:


Yes, it looked lovely – devine, even. BUT no where in the menu did it say it came with deep-fried beer-battered onion rings. You don’t put a plate of onion rings in front of some one who is trying to become an ex-fatty. How could I handle this? How many calories were in this? How much fat was in those onion rings? So, I somewhat let myself down, and ate two onion rings.

My point is: I may be losing weight but I am far from capable of resisting food. My secret is just to not make enough dinner to have seconds. Thankfully this wasn’t offered to me.




I’m only human, but looking at those pictures has really not done me much good.

So, as previously mentioned, I’ve been asked to eat out and I panic.

I think about wagamama and picture this:

FullSizeRender Deep-fried chilli squid.. Maybe not a good idea.

Perhaps pizza express?


Bruschetta originale.. tempting, but at 393 calories for a starter, I avoid it.

But wait, maybe I could have something different at wagamama?


Well, that is a lot of noodles.

And, of course, I’ve already mentioned in a separate post my concerns with eating chips and garlic bread at Nandos.

It isn’t so bad when some one suggests having lunch out – I’ve already done my research into subway and I’ve found my healthy sub. A 6 inch, roast beef sub with salad.


282 calories; 3g fat; 1.4g saturated fat; 38g carbohydrate; 5.1g sugar; 1.4g protein; 1.1g salt

But what to do about dinner. Firstly, I don’t like to eat dinner later than 6pm. Secondly, I am very particular about what I eat.

A little while ago my partner’s parents invited me on a weekend away with their family. We stayed in a lovely little hotel in Dorset, where they had prepaid for me to have a three course dinner every night (for three nights) from a set menu. It was a small hotel – not a large chain, and therefore there was no hope in me finding the nutritional information for the set menu online. Horror struck. I couldn’t be rude and refuse two of the courses when everyone else was sitting around the table happily dining.

The time came for me to view the menu and I was somewhat worried. Pork crackling, pork belly, potato dauphinoise and rich cheesecake desserts. Well, this will be interesting. I ordered (what I assumed) was the healthiest starter I could – only to be told they were out of chicken. Pork belly it was. Oh, the horror.

Well that’s okay, I’ll go for a vegetarian main course – that’ll be low fat. I ordered the vegetarian thai green curry, hoping that (given I have been told thai food is the healthiest of takeaways) I might get away with this three course meal.

And then, it arrived. With an oily poppadum on the side and a sauce FULL of heavy cream. 

Oh the humanity.

Dessert then came around and I managed to strategically ask for a bowl of fruit salad to be specially prepared due to my inability to handle sweet treats (well, my pancreas’ ability). Success.

Well it was only for three days and I handled it – but these are my top tips for choosing the healthiest option you can.


Swap any kind of creamy, heavy potatoes (or chips) with boiled new potatoes.


Choose the fish dish if you can.

And finally, if all else fails – tell them you’re vegan.

Or, perhaps, just avoid eating out!

… maybe I’m just uptight.

Henrietta x

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