Soon to be at a festival, what to eat??!!

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  1. gemma9185

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    Hi all,

    I hit my target a month back and have lost a bit more. However I am at a hen weekend in 2 weeks, then a weekend long festival and wondering what to stick to food wise? I am taking packed lunches for first days there, but then I will have 2 days eating out!

    Also I am going on hol after that and just wondered if people have general tips to try not to gain too much! Its going to take me the whole of Oct-Nov to lose it all again, which seems a shame
    :sigh::sigh::sigh:

    Help!!!!
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    PS. I only do green days at mo! :D
     
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    Festivals are quite easy to do food wise if you plan well. Are you taking a camping stove? If you are, then your options are a lot better. I'm mainly a Green day SW-er and when I've done festivals/camping I take supernoodles, mugshots, cous cous, savoury rice, baked beans. I also take quorn sausages/burgers which if kept cool will keep OK. I take cereal bars for my HEb.

    If taking a stove is not an option, then you can make sensible choices at the food vans. Someone posted this off the SW site ages ago - I copied/pasted it onto my computer for my own reference:

    If you’re going Green/Extra Easy:

    • Pasta stalls are commonplace at most festivals – opt for tomato-based sauces rather than creamy ones, and enjoy a sprinkling of cheese for your Healthy ‘a’ choice.
    • Jacket potatoes are a favourite – filling, warming and great with a variety of fillings. Opt for toppings such as beans, Quorn chilli or cottage cheese to keep the Syns low. If you’re at Latitude, look out for Funky Foods – a baked potato stall extraordinaire.
    • Pay the Chinese stall a visit for oodles of noodles with sweet and sour sauce, egg foo-yung, vegetable chow mein or vegetable fried rice. Hot and sour soups can also be a warming, low-Syn starter or late-night snack to revive you after hours on
      your feet.
    • Refreshing mixed-bean salads served with natural yogurt are available at a lot of the vegetarian/vegan specialists at most festivals – a great lunch option.
    • If you fancy going Mexican, a wholemeal pitta stuffed with salad and houmous or bean chilli is a great alternative to nachos laden with soured cream and guacamole – more filling too!
    • Tempting Thai options include mountains of fragrant Thai rice or Pad Thai Jay – a veggie stir-fried noodle dish. Som Tum (spicy vegetable salad) is also hot stuff for a Green choice.
    Hope this helps!
     
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    Someone asked this question about a festival a while back, and a bit of googling found the festival website with loads of information about what
    food would be available.

    As you haven't said where you are going I can't google it for you - but you know how to google, don't you?
     
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    Thanks for the tips! I am off to V festival, Staffordshire! I plan on drinking so thats why I am panicking a bit about food trying to keep as syn free-low syn as pos!

    I had forgotten about mugshots etc. I am taking a camping stove so should be ok, just wanted to know how other people survive as I don't want to br party pooper whilst there spending ages cooking or hunting for low syn food!!

    Will get googling!!

    Ta! xx
     
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    hi gemma,

    i've just gotten back from a festival and was expecting a weight gain this morning when i weighed...turned out i actually *lost* weight!

    i was eating jacket potatoes, noodles with vegetables and chili with rice. there were loads of options which made it a lot easier than i was expecting!

    have a great time and good luck with finding decent food options! x
     
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    I took cous cous ready made up to hard rock calling x
     
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    v fest at stafford is great for us on sw! every year i've been i've come back with a loss or a maintain.

    I make sure I go round the whole festival and check out what there is rather than just go straight to the first place i see. They have loads of noodle bars/jacket potato stalls and even some fresh fruit salad stalls.

    as for the drinking try and take your own and measure before you go so you know how many syns are in it. I used to take malibu with me in a diet coke 500ml bottle and measured it out. That was all i did drink then (as it costs so much in the arena and you cant get your own in no matter how hard you try and then its confiscated and thrown away :( )but I knew the syns and always used to do the 105 over the week that week
     
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    Thats great not gaining but losing!!

    I am going to measure out a bottle of vodka into 2 35cl bottles for the 2 days and just hope I do not get tempted by my cider drinking friends!

    I generally only have 10 syns a day so usually save to 70 max for a week but forgot I can go upto 105 made up! Having to low syn now anyway for a hen weekend which will probably be more tricky due to drinks out etc and meals. Dreading it!

    Did people try to include heathly a's and b's too? I am taking alpen light bars 2 a day for one of me healthy b's, just wondered if you tried to get them in also!

    thanks.
     
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    if your a cereal fan then you can get that at V fest too! And there are milkshake bars around too that i'm sure would sell you some milk if you didnt want the syns of the milkshake as well
     
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    Anyone know anything about Reading Festival? I am off there the weekend after next & am also a little apprehensive about eating! I think we are going to get a little stove or something, but if not then i'm hoping there will be potato stalls and stuff like there is at V fest! Gahhh there's always something to make weight loss more difficult! Not that i'm complaining about going to a festival, I am mega excited!! :D:D
     
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    At Reading you may struggle to bring a camping stove - thanks to idiotic little scrotes thinking that Sunday nights at Reading are all about setting fire to tents,aerosols, gas cannisters and anything else they can get their hands on the organisers have officially banned bringing in gas stoves - not sure how hard they search, but it might get taken off you.

    I think they are officially banned at most festivals now, but I've been taking mine to Glastonbury for years - but theres less of a juvinile attitude there.

    Food wise - you should be okay - not as much option as some of the other festivals like Glastonbury Green Man or Latitude I would guess, and probably more burger van centric than I'm used to - but you should still find some noodle stalls, baked spuds, pasta vans and maybe some veggie healthy options.

    Have fun - and if you havent been before, take care where you camp - ask the stewards where's safe and get to know your neighbours
     
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    You need to read all the information on the Reading Festival website very carefully.

    Reading Festival 2010 :: Info

    There are lots of restrictions on what you can take into different parts of the site (different rules for the campsites and the arena) and things that get confiscated will not be returned!

    There is a site map on the website too - very useful.

    There is a small on-site supermarket, and a huge Tesco not very far away, in Portman Road.

    Years ago, one very wet Festival weekend, one large supermarket (who had better remain nameless as they deny this ever happened, but I know it did!) turned away lots of festival-goers because they were so wet and muddy. On the other hand, Waitrose in Caversham welcomed them with open arms, handed out free large bin bags for makeshift raincoats, and allocated two members of staff to stand by with floor mops. Waitrose is still popular with people at the festival, even though it is not the nearest supermarket (nor is it the cheapest!).

    Have a great time! I am off to buy some earplugs!!
     
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    just asked hubby and he says the food stalls are pretty similar to v so you should be ok, just have a good look at whats availiable before deciding what to go for!
     
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    From the leeds festival they run a shuttle service to tesco (which is massive). It's my local tesco so I avoid it mind you I get to hear the festival from my house for free :D
     
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