Lori Boxer Director Weight No More Diet Center
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Male: We are going to a party and a dirty word comes up—buffet. Buffet is— Doctor: It is a dirty word. I hate that. Male: You see it is a dirty word because you can over eat. What advise—I think here are just regular buffet. Doctor: I will tell you what I do. I personalize steak whenever I possibly can. If I have to go to a buffet—this is exactly what I do myself. First of all I never go hungry, ever. That is number one. I always have a little something before I leave the house like an hour before I do. Or even on the way there I am eating an apple. Male: So, skipping a meal and to all— Doctor: No. Male: No good idea. Doctor: Absolutely not, number one. Number two, when I get to the buffet the very first thing I do—I do not wait on line with my plate behind the bunch of other people. First I skin the entire table—I go right pass people who are waiting on line with their plates. I do not even take a plate yet and I am skinning the whole table to see what is there. So, rather than standing behind other people waiting for them to go and moving along like this not knowing what is coming that is when—when people do not know what is through out the whole table. They see something and they say, “Let me take a little bit of this because I do not know what else I might be able to eat.” And they take a little more of this because I do not know what else is down there that I might be able to eat, but I know what I might be able to eat because I look at the whole table first. Male: That is planning. Doctor: Planning, a little bit. This way, I skip around people if I know that I do not want the first five items I do not want to see it. So, I will skip three people and say, “Excuse me, excuse me I just want to get to the salad.” Or I will say, “Excuse I just want to grab a piece of fish.” I laser in on what is there first then I go back, I get my plate and I help myself to the three things let say that I know I can have. And that is how I go through buffet. Male: Doctor, if you eat something your brain does not tell you are full yet. It takes a little delay before the brain— Doctor: That is right. And then but the thing is—and if you are picking all along the way the things that you know are not the best choices but you do not know what is coming then you have so much food on your plate that the chances are you are going to eat what is not good for you first, and then the things that you could have eaten. You are too full you cannot eat it. Male: So in other words, it is decision making that, first you are going to get the facts to make a right decision. Doctor: Absolutely. Listen, most buffets—most, if they are halfway decent will have a salad. Most buffets will have something— Male: But salad can be good and bad. Doctor: Right. Male: It is what you put on the salad that can make it a bad salad? Doctor: Of course. Male: And a little vinegar and oil is okay? Doctor: Yes, of course it is. And I will always tell somebody— Male: A salad and a thousand pound that is a good idea? Doctor: No, very high in fat, very high in salt. Even if a person is going to a buffet or a restaurant, it is still better to have a salad—let us just say there is salad dressing on the side and you know it is going to be high in calories, not low fat or fat-free it is still not a disaster. If you can eat salad dry and I know I would not eat it dry myself, I would take a little bit of salad dressing on the side and then what I will do is take my fork, stick it in the salad dressing to get a little bit of dressing on my tongue and then I will scoop up my salad. Instead of pouring something that I know I would never buy for my house. Instead of pouring it on my salad, you take a little bit of the time— Male: So you are pushing control in here. Doctor: I am controlling the amount of the salad dressing that I am using. Buffets do not have to be a disaster. I mean I do not think buffets are anybody’s first choice. I really do not, but you can get through it is not that big
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