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How to Eat Healthy at a Buffet

Have you ever had so much food you’re so full you couldn’t breathe? I think we all have been there at some point in our lives. For me, this happens a lot. It’s very hard for me to stop eating when I love the food. The hardest thing to handle must be the buffet. It’s a blooming garden of food and dessert, especially dessert…oh boy! I’m not gonna lie, but most of the time I fail to not stuff myself too much at the buffet places. It’s hard, and there should to be a strict rule to protect people like me from having their stomach exploded.

eat buffet in a healthy way

Okay, it’s time to get real for health for a second. Eating until you’re super uncomfortable is not good! So understand your capacity. Having anything in moderation is a key. Of course you should enjoy the eating, so here are some tips I use while eating at buffet places.

Take a Walk

Don’t you hate it when you’re so full and later you discover that the buffet also has your favorite dish that you so want to eat? You want to eat it, but you don’t have a space in your tummy no more! That would be devastating. Survey the area of the buffet is the first thing you should do. Walk and look around to check out the sections, the dishes and how many different things are there at the buffet. You will be able to have an idea of what you want to eat without missing something you like.

Pick Healthy Beverage

Though I try to stay away from soda and sugary beverage these days, sometimes I do allow myself to enjoy just one glass of this kind of drink. If the place offers fresh juice, I will go for it because I love fresh juice. But if not, I will go for Redbull. I know I know, but I love Redbull! It’s not healthy, but I’m allowed a can from time to time. Otherwise, I will go for a glass of ice tea. I don’t drink alcohol so that’s really something super good I’ve done to my health. My favorite tip is I would drink a big fat tall glass of ice water before starting eating the buffet.


I think it’s important to calm yourself down before eating. You know what I mean. It’s like how you end up buying too much grocery while shopping when you’re hungry. Don’t let your emotion guide you. It’s good to sit down, absorbing lovely vibe of the ambience and the music, and to talk to the people you are with.

Take It Slow

There is no hurry here. Pace yourself. Take your time to select the food that you will enjoy as well as the food that is good for you. Take a little time between each bite. I love to have a fun and meaningful conversation during a meal. That way, I don’t concentrate only on food or eat too fast.

Portion Control

To me, this is the most important rule of all when it comes to eating. I know it sounds easier than doing, but when you get used to it, it can become a part of your habit. When you are at all-you can-eat-buffet, and there are the rainbows of food around you, try take a small portion of each dish you like. You can always go back to the dish that you like the most. For example, I usually take a quarter of portion of the soup in case I want to try another one. I also don’t like to waste food when I end up don’t like what I pick.

Eat the Veggies

Okay kids! I know you’re bored of me telling you to eat your veggies already. But yes, it’s important to make sure your meal is balance and is enriched with all kind of nutrients. Get a small plate of salad. Pick the colorful seasonal veggies on the side of your plate. Make it beautiful and vibrant like the food pictures of the fitness girls on Instagram. Healthy food can taste so good, too!

Manage Your Dessert

I’m not a sweet tooth kind of person, but I love dessert buffet that wow me. I have a soft corner in my heart for cheesecakes, and I can eat them a lot. I think it’s very important to know your limit when you’re face to face with the dessert counter. Even if you pick one small pieces of each dish, it will still be a tough work to finish a plate of your dessert. DON’T WASTE FOOD! I hate to waste food, especially good food. So try to get only your favorites first. Finish them, and if you can still eat, go get some more.

Do Not Stuff Yourself

Don’t eat until you have to unbutton your pants; if you know what I mean. It’s not hard to notice that you’re full. Stop eating and enjoy other elements of your day. Talk to your friends, sip on a glass of cold water and just enjoy the experience.

After the Buffet

I love taking a small walk after a meal. I know when you’re full, you want to crash on the couch and nap. Don’t do that! You’re going to bloat and feel miserable when you wake up. Go for a walk, go for a drive, sit in a park with friends, go shopping; there are so many other options to do after a hearty meal.

I think we can enjoy food and take care of our health at the same time. The thing is we need to find the balance between managing your craving and doing something that is good for you. These tips aren’t hardcore rules that are difficult to manage. Try them and you will find that you enjoy food this way, too. Okay, now let me know how you eat your buffet. Ah, I really need some green tea after this.


4 comments to How to Eat Healthy at a Buffet

  • Great advice! Since I otherwise eat healthy and rarely get the chance to visit a buffet, when I do, I avoid all that I can easily have at home and head for the desserts. There too I take a small helping of the ones I love.

  • Ping~The Chic Laotian

    Good tips for those who enjoy the buffet. As much as I love food I’m the opposite when it comes to eating at buffets. I don’t have a problem with over eating. Actually buffets makes me feel nauseous if I stay too long and turns me off seeing people (usually the men) with plates pile so high. But then again, it doesn’t make me eat healthier when not eating at a buffet, lol!

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