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Here at Scottish Slimmers, we've been talking about good food for 40 years and how eating well is the best thing you can do for your body and mind. Food producers, supermarkets and restaurants have caught up and everywhere you look there's a new eatery opening up around street food posting great photos of their great looking food. Just because you are on a weight loss journey, it doesn't mean you have to miss out.

The All Revealing Menu

Another change that is happening is that more and more menus are highlighting ingredients and calories for each meal. This is great when you are trying to work out what to have and it's Check count. If you are still not sure, don't be afraid to ask for advice on what would be the smartest option. Vegan and vegetarian meals have also seen a surge and can be a great option to have where vegetables are the star of the show and not the two-on-the-side-dish as was traditionally.

Ordering In?

With the choice of delivery options, you can now change out that Indian for a heathier option from a restaurant or your favourite place. It's sensible to keep a mind on sensible swaps such as brown rice instead of white. Steamed dishes instead of fried - and no need to order more than you need.

The Golden Rules

Wherever you choose to go or order, here are some rules to live by:

Think Ahead - Take a look at the menu in advance so you know the Check count of your choice.

Order First - avoid menu envy by not only choosing in advance what you are having but ordering first. Stick to your choice and you may vene find that your friends follow suit as well.

Starters? - A filling soup is a great choice for first course.

Having a drink? - a glass or two of wine is fine but be aware of the friend that makes sure your glass is topped up. Before you know it a bottle has been finished and your Check count in overdrive. Alternate between wine and a glass a water will reduce your intake and help keep you hydrated too!

Anyone for dessert? - the most common question that attracts those looks across the table as though you are daring each other. Make the decision before hand if you are having one and stick to it. If you are, look for a sorbet or fruit salad. They may still have a few more Checks but far better than the Double Chocolate Fudge Cake with Caramel Sauce!

Stop when you are full - despite what your mother might have told you, there's no need to clean your plate even if you feel you've had enough!

Follow these rules and you can still lose weight and be social or have the odd takeaway. Just remember to add everything to your diary. This is not to stop you from eating or enjoying yourself or missing out, but more to help you make better choices for you!

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