All you can eat buffet

This weekend was awesome. My wife and I don’t have near enough nights out, so it was a long needed timeout without the kiddos. We went to Tucanos Brazilian Grill to celebrate my brother in-law’s birthday. It’s basically an all you can eat salad bar along with servers who walk around with different meats you can try. Cason, the birthday boy, and my sister Shelley are some of our funnest friends. Shelley introduced me to Karlie and Karlie introduced Cason to Shelley so we have been hanging out as couples before we were married.

Dinner was delish. My favorite eat at the salad bar was marinated tomatoes. They were in a balsamic vinegar with herbs. Most of the meat the servers bring around are beef but there was a promotion going on so they also served seafood. The Salmon was cooked perfectly but a little over seasoned. The cod fish was excellent. The 2 shrimp I had were amazing and fresh. Add a few bits of beef and some chicken. (Now keep in mind we are talking about 1 or two bites of each, not an entree’ of each, which I probably would have eaten given the chance back in the fat Mike days.)  After dinner we went back to our place for presents. Delicious looking cakes were served from Nothing Bunt Cakes but I had none.

All in all, I would guess 6 or 7 ounces of meat. Needless to say, an all you can eat buffet is NOT on “the plan”. Before making my choice to stop being fat, “all you can eat”  was the best part of a buffet. Now that I am committed to living healthy and fit, I saw a new perspective on buffet dining. I don’t have to ask for anything on the side, instead of asking for no this or that, I just don’t put it on my plate. If I did it over again I probably would have eaten less meat and more salads but that’s a tweak compared to the overhaul change of my old buffet habits.

Eating out is now a calculated choice not an impulsive gorge-fest. Having made the choice ahead of time to eat out I had a breakfast of string cheese and a banana and lunch was a small turkey sandwich putting me at only 400 calories before dinner. 800 calories to work with for dinner was ample room to stay on track. Weigh-in on Sunday confirmed the dine out was not fatal with another 6 pounds lost.

Long gone are the days at an all-you-can-eatery doing the sigh-n-shove. What is the sigh-n-shove you ask? After you have consumed more than you thought possible, your eyes glazed over, taking in the comfort of the silenced bell that gluttony rings in your ear. You sit, satisfied, comfortable, full. Even the nagging hunger that brought you to eat more than you know you should tells you to stop. Your elbow on the table, fork in hand, food on fork. You pause, knowing the next bite could very likely be the bite that makes your stomach explode. Weather compelled by the need to get your money’s worth or just because it’s already on your fork, you somehow convince yourself it has to be eaten. Staring off in a daze, you take a deep breath, bring the fork to your mouth and chew as if you had no choice. Next time you find yourself in a buffet situation, before you head to the trough for feeding, stop and look. Look at those who are on their last bites, and when you see someone in the throws of the sigh-n-shove, maybe, just maybe it will help you recognize something about your relationship with food.

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