Tips on eating out the healthy way…

For most slimmers sticking to a healthy regime can be a challenge. Most dieters say that losing weight is one of the hardest things they have ever done, especially when constantly faced with temptations. When you can eat at home it is a lot easier but what do you do when you go out? An invitation to a dinner party or an event can cause concern to any committed slimmer. When I was losing weight I found there were some things that really helped me to be able to go out but still lose weight. If you wish to win the battle of the bulge and still be able to go out for a meal, go to the movies or visit friends.

Going to the movies is so much fun but it can be a challenge when you walk in to the smells of popcorn and seeing people clutching their choc top ice-cream. I quickly learnt that it was better to take my own snacks with me so this way I wasnít tempted to go to the candy bar and order food that I knew I shouldnít have. Instead I would pack a sandwich or an apple and some almonds to snack on. I also like to take one of my low-fat muffins or cake portion and never felt deprived. If I wanted a chocolate then I would have a Peppermint Nougat Bar from Darrel Lea. I would eat it very slowly and really savor it. I am so used to this now that I never even think about buying food at the movies.

What do you do when you have to take something to a function? I would always take my Mexican Dip (Book 3) with rice crackers which was always popular but for me it meant that I could have something guilt free to munch on. Just be careful that everyone else doesn’t eat it all on you when you’re not looking. I even took a serve of Bolognaise to a friends house one night when she was having a pasta night. I was committed to my success and didn’t want to risk having anything that would slow that down. If you feel that there is going to be nothing healthy on offer at the event then eat before you go. Doing these simple things for myself helped me lose 35 kilos in only 20 months and it has never found me again. So taking your good intentions when you eat out means that you will be the winner.

Annette’s cookbooks SYMPLY TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE 1-7 are sold in all good newsagencies. Visit Annette’s website www.symplytoogood.com.au for more tips and recipes and to download your copy of Annette’s FREE Christmas Survival Guide eBook.

  • Thanks for sharing this interesting article with good tips; always take my own treats to the movies; cheaper and tastier.


  • great tips


  • Great tips here, at the movies I bring my own healthy snacks, not only healthier but cheaper too :)


  • It’s always the way too when you go out and take something healthy – eg a fruit platter that its the first to go at parties too LOL


  • Some great tip here thanks.


  • mmm. I like to enjoy when I eat out


  • I always take my own snacks especially to the movies as the prices are ridiculous


  • Great read thanks for sharing this article


  • I prefer my own snacks and my bottle of water for movies and other outings. Most times that I leave the house I take a snack like almonds and dates in a small ziplock bag. If shopping takes a long time I buy fruit to keep me going. My indulgence is a lovely flat white. If I feel like it I have a cake or muffin with the coffee but share because eating the whole thing makes me feel yukky later.


  • The only treat I occasionally allow myself when going to the movies is a choc-top ice-cream. I object to paying over-inflated prices for food & drinks, when you can (if you’re so inclined) buy the items at half the price in the supermarket. I take a small bottle of water to the movies, and some nuts & seeds, or perhaps some home-popped pop-corn, or an apple. I admit that it’s more about the price of the movie snacks, rather than their health value, that dictates what I buy, but I rarely go to the movies, so it’s not a regular problem for me.

    Going out for meals has rarely been a problem for me (when I can afford to go), as I look for healthier options on the menu, and if they aren’t there, I ask for the meal to be grilled (as opposed to fried), without sauce, and vegies without butter, etc. Most restaurants are happy to oblige.

    Going to a party, I take my Pumpkin and Peanut Dip (the healthy version) and some home-made Salsa with chilli, as both are full of flavour, and pretty healthy served with vegie pieces and rice crackers or toasted pita pieces. If I’m going to a friends for dinner, I ask for a small serve of whatever they’ve cooked, and I drink lots of water to fill up.


  • Great ideas I usually take my own snacks just so much cheaper and eating out cost a fortune for a family of 6 these days.


  • I’m a cheapskate so I usually take my own snacks.


  • I watched you during your journey to drop all those kilos and you really were/are so amazing.
    I really dont like it when super slim people who have never had to battle with their diet tell you how you can drop kilos easily by following these simple steps….ggrr
    I always read your articles and think you are truly amazing Annette…you have been there


  • We also like to try to go out and not eat – eating is attached to so many things that it doesn’t need to be


  • Eating out is hard! You don’t have much control over what’s in the food and the portion sizes..


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