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:

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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.

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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:

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Perhaps pizza express?

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

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

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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.

Roast-Beef

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.

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

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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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