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How to Handle a Buffet Meal

By Brandi Swieter 

There is nothing quite like an all-you-can eat buffet. Many people will take this opportunity to stuff their faces with multiple food types. People attempting to eat healthier don't have to miss out. Healthy eating is still possible at a buffet as long as you know which foods are best to consume and which to avoid. 

Eat Your Regular Meals Beforehand

Too many people believe they can skip all of their meals during the day to be able to eat more once they arrive at the buffet. This practice should not be continued. It's better for your health to continue to eat your regular meals throughout the day so you're only enticed to eat what you need come buffet time. Failing to eat beforehand leads to the overeating of fattening and high-calorie foods. Eating too much at once can also be detrimental to your health, leading to indigestion, stomach pain, heartburn, and even heart attack if people already have poor heart health. 

Drink Water

Plenty of beverage options exist at buffets. Free refills is also a popular mantra. This leads to people drinking not just one small cup of soda pop, but often two, three, or more. Sticking with water is the best option. The food is already bulking up the calorie count for the day. Don't add to it by choosing unhealthy drink options loaded with sugar. 

Search Before Selecting

Rather than heading up to the buffet and immediately putting things on your plate, you should search each section to see what they even offer. This ensures you are picking the most desired items to eat instead of just filling your plate up with anything you see. You may notice some healthier selections on the other end of the buffet that your plate otherwise would have had no room for if you started elsewhere.

Eat Slow

Shoveling your food into your mouth at lightning speeds will have you still feeling hungry when the plate is clear. This leads to overeating before the brain registers that the stomach is full. It's best to take your time and eat slow, giving your body the time to digest the food it's being given. You may realize how full you are after just one plate without needing to indulge in more. 

It's possible to handle a buffet meal in a healthy manner as long as people have the tips to do so. Eating out is always a gamble because you never know what types of nutritional offerings they'll have. Fattening foods and lots of sugar are the guaranteed items. Watching what you eat at a buffet should be the same as watching what you eat at home. Stick with healthy foods and water for the best nutrition.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Baytown, Tex.

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