Staying On Plan When You’re Not Home
by Meggan Larson
I love a good party, don’t you? The friends, the laughter, the food! And I love eating out. Restaurants, take out, rotisserie chicken from the grocery store – if I don’t have to cook it, bring it on! But how do you stay on plan when you’re out? How do you have dinner at your mother in law’s without offending her?
Here are my top tips for eating away from home…
Restaurants are pretty easy because they are usually very good at accommodating your dietary needs. I will often get a pasta dish without the pasta and have them serve it over veggies instead. Or fajitas without the tortillas – the meat and toppings are quite yummy on their own and make a great S meal (without the beans). Any kind of meat can be paired with veggies and simply skip the bread and side of potatoes.
Eating at a BBQ can be relatively simple by just omitting the buns from your burger and sticking to condiments like mayo, mustard, veggies, etc. Maybe adding some veggies for a side and don’t forget to bring a can of zevia or a batch of GGMS! If you need to bring an item to contribute you could always bring a Dreamfields pasta salad or a sugar free dessert as well. Having a plan ahead of time makes staying on plan a lot easier.
I have seen a lot of people worried about what to do when eating at the inlaws or a relative that is not doing THM. It’s always your choice whether to go off plan or not and of course you know your relatives better than I do, but let me give you this to ponder. If you were diabetic or allergic to peanuts would your mother in law be offended that you’re not eating the peanut butter cup brownies she made? I would hope not. So if you are doing your very best to stay on plan and you know that you’re not one that can jump on and off plan, then in my opinion it’s no different from an allergy.
I’ve told people that I’m basically allergic to sugar and it’s not a lie! When I eat sugar it causes me to crave more and more and more of it and before I know it, I’ve eaten 7 butter tarts in an hour and I’m packing up the leftovers to bring home with me. Hypothetically of course… It’s your choice but I personally don’t see an issue with politely declining the dinner rolls and dessert and instead just eating the meat and veggies. If it’s going to cause world war three in your family then use your own discernment, however, your health is just as important as your relationships and you shouldn’t have to sacrifice either to satisfy both.
As always I’d love to hear from you so if you have any questions or comments please comment below or email me at Meggan@thelaundrymoms.com
Meggan Larson is a wife, mom of three, and challenge overcomer! Diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and under going aggressive chemotherapy, when her second born child was only three months old, gave Meggan an expected twist to her life. Dealing with pregnancy weight gain and the debilitating effects of chemotherapy, Meggan’s weight soared to over 228 pounds. Feeling humiliated with no desire to socialize Meggan was desperate for a change. Shortly after loosing 20 pounds with the Trim Healthy Mama program, Meggan found out she was pregnant with baby number three, that ended in an emergency C-section and unexpected hysterectomy. Despite the challenges she faced Meggan has just celebrated her one year “trimiversary”, and her success of releasing just over 60 pounds! Meggan is confident that her success on plan is “doable” for anyone looking to gain back their health and wanting to live a trim and healthy lifestyle!
Meggan Larson is not a Trim Healthy Mama expert, associated with the Trim Healthy Mama website. These tips are based on what she has learned through losing 60lbs (so far) following this lifestyle. We are not affiliated with Trim Healthy Mama nor endorsed by them. As with all resources, you should review them with care. We have done our best to make the recipes and all menu plans THM compliant in an effort to assist you on your journey!