You’re counting calories/tracking macros, or just generally trying to be more mindful about what you eat, and you are faced with an all you can eat buffet. What do you do?
First of all, don’t panic, one all you can eat buffet isn’t going to undo everything you have been working towards. There are a few things that though that may help not put you into a food coma at the end of it.
Drink water. Helps aid digestion, but also calorie free. Adding a glass of wine/beer/fizzy drinks is just another way to top up that calorie total with no nutritional value.
Have a walk around the buffet, have a look at what is on offer and then once you have looked at everything go towards what you are drawn to most. Opting for your meats, fish and veggies as the preferred option.
Take small portions, we as a society have a tendency to eat what is on our plate, so if you load your plate with smaller portions, you will be less likely to continue eating when you are in fact actually full. Smaller portions equals being able to try more food on offer.
If you don’t enjoy it, don’t eat it, just because it’s on your plate it doesn’t mean you have to eat it.
Recognise when you are full, allow the food to settle, don’t force another plate down you just because it’s there on offer.
Okay, so you’re done with the mains, now it’s time for desert, again the above applies, take little samples and if it doesn’t taste great then don’t eat it, don’t force it down you just for the sake of it. A client once said to me, ‘If I’m going to cheat I’m going to cheat good and not just waste it on any old muffin.’ Now whilst I don’t agree per sa with the term ‘cheat meal’ she has the right idea.
Now, you can choose to completely disregard what I have written so far, but if you take anything away from this blog, then take this away, DO NOT FEEL GUILTY if you overindulge. If you have over indulged though and afterwards do have negative thoughts, write it off, it’s done, but use these thoughts to remind yourself next time of how you felt and ask if you want to feel that way again?
I write this blog as it happened to me this evening, now, I didn’t have the water, hypocritical, you may think so, but I did walk around to see what was on offer, I did take smaller portions, I did leave food on my plate that didn’t taste that great, I did only have two plates and identify when I was full and I did leave the desert as it didn’t taste all that great! Now, if this was to have happened this time last year, I would have dived straight in, piled my plate(s) high, ate the food regardless, have two pints of Pepsi instead of the one I had this evening and washed it down with ice cream and sweets despite it tasting like crap.
So, that is what I call a win, and whilst my stomach is hating me for it (mental note made), I am making progress in regards to my eating habits and that my friends is what we call progress.
Literally cannot recommend Aishlen enough! As a busy mum of two Aishlen offered me fantastic support whenever I needed it despite being a working mum herself and a plan that fitted in perfectly with my lifestyle and most could be done around my home! 5-star service without a doubt... Thanks again!
I started with Aishlen six weeks after having my second baby and loved the fact that she understood how difficult it is to get back into exercise after a c section especially. She helped me break several bad eating habits and made me revaluate what I was eating. I never feel like I'm on a diet or going without, just being healthier. She's always so positive and never makes you feel bad if you have a bad eating day. Would definitely recommend.
WOW! I have been training for a little while on my own at home! And I made a big difference! I asked Aishlen for some advice on how to shift some podge around the belly and tone up more! She fully understands that I have two small children and me and my partner both work! So she helped me rewrite the program I was doing and taught me how I should eat! I have only been doing this one week and although there has been times I really didn't like Aishlen at all because it was hard it was so worth it! You are amazing thank you so much! This is just the start of a journey x
First of all, before I continue my review I must just say a massive thank you to Aishlen for helping me motivate myself back into a health & fitness regime.
I reached out to Aishlen a few months ago, just for some simple tips, advice and information on how I could not only lose a bit of weight but gain fitness and most importantly adopt a healthy food plan. And Aishlen was more than happy to guide me.
She asked me a bunch of questions about my lifestyle without being invasive and made me comfortable to answer honestly and then she tailored the right kind of plan to my day to day needs. Once that was in place, I got the ball rolling. Aishlen would check in on me a good few times a week to see how I was getting on without being pushy, always made sure I was comfortable with the work out plans she had given me to do in the week and see how I was adjusting to the food plans also. She'd also give me her own extra tips on what she enjoys eating without sacrificing all of the goodies we women love to enjoy.
Once a week then she would have me write down my measurements of bust, weight, hips & thighs. And each week I got to see the difference that Aishlen's plan was making in my body shape.
Aishlen has been fantastic and I strongly recommend her for anyone. Whether you're looking to lose weight, become lean or simply need a new approach to your eating habits. She has the skills to help no matter the individual circumstances.
I’ve known Aishlen now since 2014 and she is the most energetic, outgoing person I know! Having struggled for a number of years with injury and everything that comes with it, I went to Aishlen for help. I initially saw her for individual PT sessions and nutrition and saw and felt a difference within a couple of weeks. Due to work commitments I had to stop going, however, enlisted her help again a month ago for some online personal training. I am now happy with the nutrition side of things but still needed something to follow in the gym. I received a month long programme which I have nearly completed apart from one session and have thoroughly enjoyed it. The sessions are progressive and easy to follow and I am excited about the next month ahead with my second online programme. Aishlen is always on hand to provide advice and guidance where required and nothing is too much hassle for her. If you are looking for some inspiration to kick start the new you for the new year then look no further, you won’t be disappointed. Aishlen takes pride in everything she does and always gives 110%. There is no judgement only encouragement and every programme is tailor made for you and your commitments. Thanks Ash and I look forward to working with you for the foreseeable future.
I loved every session with Aishlen. Her knowledge and enthusiasm make for a great basis and I've felt supported the whole way. Sessions are tailored to you and your goals, I've really enjoyed being challenged and incorporating new aspects into my training. The results speak for themselves, but what is best is how I'm feeling in myself and the positivity the training is bringing to my life. A thank you to Ash, and to anyone considering taking the next step - I encourage you to get in touch.