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Maintaining Good Habits When Eating With Friends

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Once we decide to take charge, dinners with friends can take us out of our comfort zone, as we sometimes feel like we are losing control. We must not perceive these special occasions as barriers to our success! Here are some tips that will help you maintain your commitment to achieve your objectives:

 

As a host

When you are hosting, you have full control over the quality of the dishes you serve. Let your guest determine the quantity they need.

  • Appetizers: Make fruits and vegetables the star of your first course. They contain few calories and occupy a lot of space in the stomach because of their high water and fibre content.

 

  • Main course: Observe the rules of the healthy plate by serving a lean meat (1/4 of the plate) with a variety of coloured vegetables (1/2 of the plate) and a choice of starch (1/4 of the plate) that will please everybody’s taste.

 

 

As a guest

In this case, you have no control over the quality of the foods you will be served, but you still have a word to say about the quantity. To prepare for that evening, balance your day by eating two light meals (1 meat or substitute + vegetable and/or fruit) and a proper snack before heading out to your dinner (a yogurt + one fruit, or raw vegetables + cheese or some nuts), just so you don’t feel ravenous once you get there and wolf down everything that’s offered to you.

When the meal is served, ask if you can make your own portions, or ask if you could have a little bit of everything to try it all.

Finally, don’t be shy to say NO THANK YOU. It’s normal to stop eating when you are not hungry anymore.

 

Always remember that pleasure is not only found in the foods you eat, but also in talking with your friends!

 

Marie-Eve Nadeau, P.Dt.

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Marie-Ève Nadeau, Dt.P.

Member of the Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec and holder of a bachelor’s degree from McGill University, Marie-Eve joined the Nautilus Plus team in November 2012. Nutritionist since January 2013 and assistant manager at Delson’s centre, Marie-Eve has found a passion for exercise and sports nutrition. She is currently completing her studies with the International Olympic Committee and exercises regularly. She ran her first half-marathon in Ottawa in May 2014, and was thrilled by the experience! She strives to pass on her passion to her clients and loved ones. Her objective is to help her clients get the results they desire and motivate them to adopt a healthy life style. She creates weight loss support groups and holds conferences on motivation and how to plan shopping for groceries.


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