Mantras for eating in social settings

Ever since the Healthy Living Summit, I’ve been writing about Dawn Jackson Blatner a lot.

Not only did she teach me that I’m a flexitarian, but she also shared some useful action mantras during her presentation.

Being that I’ve been going out quite a bit lately, I thought that I’d highlight some of the ones that relate to eating in social settings.


Mantra #1:   Social Sweets Only

This is a really great mantra and one that I pretty much adhere to already.  Rather than keeping sweets in the house constantly, Dawn recommends indulging in them in social settings.

For example, I love apple pie, but I’d be as big as a house if I had constant access to it at home.  Instead, I allow myself to have apple pie if it is on the menu when I go out- and I usually split it with my husband or a friend.

And when I was on vacation in Cabo, I ate cookies like it was my job (wouldn’t that be a cool job?!), but we don’t normally keep them in the house.



Mantra #2: One add-on only

This is one that can be a struggle (at least for me).  In addition to your main entree in a restaurant, you should only have one add on.  In other words, if you order wine then skip dessert.  If you want dessert, then pass on the appetizers and alcohol.



Last night at dinner with Brittney and Jen, White Zinfandel was my add-on. 🙂

Mantra #3: Find the middle

This is another one that I follow already.  Suppose that you’re at a cookout and you want a burger more than anything else in the world.  Well, just add the patty to the healthiest thing available (perhaps a salad).  You can have your burger and eat it too!

I recently did this in Philly, only with a veggie burger and again last night with a veggie burger from Big View Diner (which was delicious, by the way).



I have my own mantras when dining out as well.  Dawn says that mantras should just be a few words, but hey… I am a chatty girl.  To me, this is a few words!

The Grass Skirt Mantra #4:  If you can get it at home, leave it alone.

I’ve discussed this before, and I’m huge believer in saving splurges in restaurants, at parties, and on vacation for foods (and drinks) that I cannot typically find at home.

For instance, if I’m on vacation and the dessert menu has the same old options that I can find at a local restaurant back in Charlotte, then I’ll pass.  If there is something unique that speaks to me, I’ll go for it.   This makes the splurge even more special.


The Grass Skirt Mantra #5:  Not yummy, no tummy.

This one applies to splurges. We’ve all been with someone at a restaurant who takes a bite of their meal or dessert and then declares that it doesn’t taste good.  But…they practically lick the plate clean anyway!  If something doesn’t taste right- and it is a major splurge- why eat it?

Last night. I was really excited to try the corn bread at dinner, but I took one bite and thought that it tasted dry and stale.  So, I set it aside.  I’m pretty sure that I didn’t hurt its feelings.

 Do you follow any of these mantras?  Have any of your own?  I’d love to hear them! 

Have a great weekend.  I’ll be back on Monday!

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  1. I love 4/5 of your mantras! I firmly believe in having dessert every day, so I won’t agree with you there. But these messages are SO important. And that veggie burger was delicious. So good seeing you 🙂

    • thegrassskirt

      4 out of 5 ain’t bad! 🙂 So good to see you too, as always. 🙂

  2. I follow Mantra #4 – recently on vacation and splurged on fresh crab and fresh shrimp. I also saved money on the seafood by going to a fish market that I know and trust the quality and do not jerk you around on prices. I am still trying to find the middle ground when doing wine tastings or wine events – there is the wine but a lot of bread/crackers too. I might have to give Mantra 2 a try out.

    • thegrassskirt

      #2 is a really great one. I think most people have problems following that one though, including me!

  3. I absolutely agree with all of these mantras – I just need to remember them more often! Especially the whole ‘one add on only’ thing! I’m totally guilty of having wine, apps, dinner, and dessert! haha That sounds like so much now that I typed it out too!

    • thegrassskirt

      The one add on only is a really difficult one. How do you choose between wine and dessert?!

  4. LOVE #4- I’ve made in a new mantra of mine, too, that if I can make it at home, I won’t order it out. 🙂

    • thegrassskirt

      I love the mantra that if you can make it at home, you won’t order it out. I follow that one more or less, but I’ll add that to my mental list. 🙂

  5. Love your 4th mantra – it’s something I try to practice, but could definitely use a reminder here and there!

  6. These tips are so good, but I usually “forget” them when I’m out. Thanks for the reminder.

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