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Beware the Buffet!

By Carolyn Brown, MS, RD


I was in Las Vegas last weekend. In a town that celebrates indulgence, “all inclusive, all you can eat/drink” hotel deals are everywhere you look.  And they’re tempting. Who doesn’t want an all-inclusive and inexpensive deal? But we know that what happens in Vegas doesn’t always stay in Vegas — especially when we’re talking about the choices you make at the buffet.

Of course, I’m not talking only about Las Vegas.  Whether it’s spring break or summer vacation, close to home or on a cruise, unlimited buffets are a situation many of my clients face on a regular basis.

At Foodtrainers, the buffet is what we call “pupu platter syndrome” to the max. The more options you have, the more you eat. A little of this and a little of that equals a lot of everything. So here are a few ways to navigate the buffet so you’re not feeling the need to unbutton your pants later.

  1. Have a one-plate rule — no getting up for seconds unless it’s for vegetables.
  2. Fill half of that plate with either fruit or vegetables. (French fries don’t count, nice try.)
  3. Stick to one grain/carb (a fist-sized helping of rice or pasta, or a small potato), or two pieces of toast or two pancakes per meal.
  4. Choose a number of drinks (cocktails) that you’ll have per day. An “all-inclusive drinks” deal generally means sugar bombs, and trust that the hotel’s not wasting its fancy top-shelf liquor. Holy hangover! So, pace yourself and go for the simpler drinks like a vodka soda or wine.


And remember: You don’t have to try everything all at once. It will still be there at your next meal. When in doubt, “KISS,” or Keep It Simple, Silly, and enjoy your vacation!


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