The Beefeater Challenge

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor many people the big enemy of losing weight (or keeping it level once target weight is reached) seems to be emotional eating. This is not a problem for me because, whatever I am going though in my life, it doesn’t seem to make me eat any differently. But I have my own problem – going away.

In the last 90 days I have spent 27 nights away from home. Four of those were self-catering, where I can roughly duplicate the careful eating habits we have at home. But that leaves 23 days when we were eating differently – that’s a quarter of my eating, so it’s important. Our usual routine is to stay in a Premier Inn; they are not very characterful, but the beds are comfortable and we usually get a reasonable night’s sleep. And as we are not at all keen on big towns and cities, we almost always pick a Premier Inn that is fairly remote. And fairly remote means that we are almost always going to eat in the on-site restaurant, typically a Brewers Fayre, a Table Table, a Harvester or – and most often of all – a Beefeater.

Restaurants like that are OK, but not known for their low-calorie meals. And this is the reason that I usually (not always, but usually) come back from a trip heavier than when I went away. You would think that after more than two years of becoming reasonably expert about watching what I eat, I could rise to the Beefeater Challenge – to eat only a moderately-calorific evening meal. But, basically I haven’t managed it yet. Getting a big, fatty and almost fruit-and-vegetable-free meal is as easy as asking for it; I don’t have to buy the ingredients, and I don’t have to cook it. If I did have to cook it, I would alter the recipe to include all sorts of bulky but low-calorie ingredients, but the Beefeater chef is not going to shred a lettuce into the chilli for me, to bulk it out!

So my solution so far is to be as careful as I can be – and that’s not very careful, to be honest. It’s especially hard to be careful, because the only Premier Inn restaurants I have seen with calories on the menu are Harvesters. So I’m not careful, and have to lose the gained weight when I get home. So far that has worked OK, but I would really like to feel more in control, and measure up to the Beefeater Challenge.

 

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