An Elegant Approach to Ordering Out So You Won't Gain Weight

weight loss after 40 May 01, 2021

Statics show that ninety percent of American women around the world don’t like to cook?

Which means that dining out is no longer a special treat like it used to be when I was growing up. But it has become the norm for eating.

So, If I were to ask you what is your favorite food is, what would you say?

Do you have a list of your favorite entrees or restaurants that you enjoy dining out? I do! What about your favorite cuisines? I know you can rattle off the answers, because we all have our favorite cuisines we love. 

Let me be transparent for a moment, I have my favorite entrees just not necessarily favorite foods. Most foods I intentionally chose to make at home because once upon a time, I feel victim to dining out 4 times a week.

That is a lot and I paid the price immensely for the delight of great food.

I was sent home by my doctor with a warning…”Milan you need to lose at least 5 lbs.!”.

As I looked at the scale and tried on my clothes 5 lbs. was not going to help me get in that seasons clothes.

Five was a great start but in order for me to get in my clothes again for the season coming up I had to lose 15 lbs.

Dining in has become the new ritual

From Monday to Friday, dining at home has become the new way of dinner out. Dinner out with a colleague or friend has become dining al fresco when the weather permits. 

No wonder losing weight and keeping it off is a never ending battle.

The more delicious the food is put in front of you the tendency to overeat is even greater no matter who prepared it.

If you are having a difficult applying certain wellness principles to your life that you know to be true and as a result:

  • Now your clothes are fitting tighter

  • The body you once loved is feeling a bit off

  • Your small efforts you can't see them add up to big changes.
  • You’re not feeling your old energetic self anymore to get moving.


If this has been your experience, in this video you will learn my 3 simple strategies to lean in and give yourself permission to stop overeating when you’re dining out.

First…Listen to your body

I am always talking about this in my post and videos. What this simply means is “Don’t Overdo it”! Your stomach is 1 liter, I would say a little over a 1 quart.

So if you are over eating what happens is that you stretch your stomach to 4 liters about 1 gallon in size.

I know they say size doesn’t matter but it does in this case with lifestyle. A healthy stomach is the size of your fist.

Then…allow yourself little indulgences

I tell my clients to follow the 80/20 rule.

Meaning if you eat well 80 percent of the time then you can allow yourself some treats without feelings of guilt or shame behind it.

Maybe you have a taste for salty foods or sweet foods.

If you do, give it some thought because if you are having cravings for similar then more than likely you have certain nutritional deficiencies that your body is asking you to fill.

If you’re not sure what they are, you will continue to gravitate to the same food.

Grabbing the first thing that you see on the shelf that you like.

Finally…enjoy your meal, no stress

Enjoy your company with feelings of guilt behind dining.

When you are eating out pay attention to your body as you take in food.

The pleasure of food in your mouth should excite your taste-buds as you experience taste, texture and flavor while you eat.

If you are not having this experience then it may be time to elevate your taste buds before the season catches you unaware.

If you discover that you’ve fallen victim to mindless eating and it’s starting to affect how you look and feel about yourself.

Let’s dig deep this fall to see where you are and where you would like to be in your wellness.

Following these small changes will ultimately help you to enjoy a lifestyle that is sustainable and not stressful.

Your genetic makeup has a lot to do with any weight gain or loss.

Now is a great time to lean in and dig deep, CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

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About the Author

Milan Perry, HHP, MH

World-renowned wellness chef with an extensive background in nutrition, wellness and herbalism. She is the Culinary Nutrition & Wellness Chef of the Chic Women Don't Diet (CWDD) culinary + wellness coaching program. Milan went from working as a commercial print model which emphasized focusing on self to reinventing herself to focusing on the inner beauty that starts with our health, our wellbeing and the quality of food we eat. 

As a holistic coach her mission is to help women rise above their challenges by guiding them through life's transitions with tools like cooking classes, lectures about healthy living and personalized health coaching.

You want to look and feel amazing in your skin, enjoy some decadent dessert without the guilt, and lose weight in a healthy, holistic way (without dieting!) so that you can feel like you again.

Chic Women Don't Diet is an online community for women over 40 committed to living well by putting down the scale and picking up life's pleasures instead! The program teaches sustainable habits that will help you live the best possible version of your life now—and after age 50.

I empower you to lose weight in a healthy way without dieting so that you can feel like yourself again. I believe we all have the power within us to achieve our wellness goals and live an amazing life of health and vitality — no matter what your age or where you’re starting from.

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