Most pay one price restaurant buffets have an assortment of salads, soups, meats, vegetables and entries. This can make them seem like a value for the money when it comes to finding a healthy and cheap place to eat out in comparison to fast food restaurants. However a lot of these buffets also have a large assortment of desserts to choose from which can be too tempting for most of us to not over indulge in. Now first of all I am not advocating eating at restaurant buffets, in fact I would suggest avoiding them if possible. There is way too much opportunity to consume more calories than most people need in week let alone a day. Before the writer went on a diet, restaurant buffets were a main stable of his diet. In fact the writer had frequented many Western New York Buffets such as Ponderosa, Old Country Buffet, and many Chinese restaurants serving all you can eat as well. But if you choose to visit these places of potential high calorie intake, you can bring someone along that can help deter you from overindulging.
I am suggesting bringing a young child or children (1to 3 yrs old), preferably your own to the restaurant buffet. This may seem like an unusual method to curb eating but ask anyone that has tried to enjoy a meal at any restaurant while trying to entertain their young child or children. This is an almost impossible task especially if you have an overactive child. Anytime the writer brings back food to the table his daughter always tries to taste some of the entries on his plate even offering the food back after it has been placed in her mouth, one less food item the writer didn’t eat that day. But this is not even the best part, try bringing a dessert plate filled with goodies back to your table; chances are you won’t have them long. Most of the time when the writer tries to bring desserts back to the table his daughter almost always claims the plate as her own. In fact the writer often has to deal with his daughters fingers in his dessert before he even sits down. Its call the “everything is mine syndrome” where your child takes ownership of what ever is in front of him or her. Yes this is indeed an unusual method to reduce food intake at restaurants especially at buffets, but at least it is worth a try and this method won’t cost you anything to try it. In fact if you borrow someone else’s child or children for a day you may get paid for baby sitting, some extra money to purchase those smaller sized clothes with.