Sitting down to a fine meal or a quick "Let's do lunch sometime" isn't as easy for everyone has you'd like to think. While Johnny and Jane are pouring over the menu deciding on stuffed rigatoni or the chicken salad sandwich, someone else is staring at their 4 options of salads.
If you're trying to lose weight, eating out can be daunting, and generally, we go in accepting defeat with excuses like, "Oh it's only once in a while" or "I've been pretty good, it can't hurt that much." But let me rephrase those to you how I hear them:
I'm only poisoning myself a little bit"
Look, only YOU are in control of what you put into your mouth, which means, only you can be responsible for it. Good or bad.
So the 1st step is to own it. Own all of it. Good or bad. If you screw up, don't spend a day wallowing in guilt. Nor should you allow one mess up to evolve into a sugar/fat party. You know what I'm talking about there.
Don't tell me you haven't delved into the Nutella with a spoon and eaten gobs. Don't tell me you haven't eaten entire bags of chips or oreos. We all have.
So own it.
And don't forget to own the good stuff too.
When you go out to eat with friends and family, it makes it very hard to stay on track. So before you pick anything on the menu, here are 4 ways you can eat like a normal person and still actually enjoy yourself. (and there's not a single mention of salad!)
Then, fully equipped with knowledge, you can make the best informed choice and own it.
"What can I get you to drink?"
"Water with lemon please."
1. Drinking a glass of water before a meal helps you to digest your future meal more easily.
2. Adding lemon to the restaurant's tap water actually changes the pH levels, helping to bring yours up.
3. Drinking a glass of water before a meal helps you to get fuller sooner.
4. More water also fights off any inflammation and swelling that will undoubtedly happen from eating restaurant food.
WHAT you order matters, but not in the way you think it does. Here are the Top 3 items you need to make sure you're not eating, or eating too much of.
For some ungodly reason, everything is always dripping in oil at restaurants. If you served food that greasy and oily at home, no one would even eat it. Yet, somehow, when we pay for it, we don't mind our broccoli swimming in a bit of grease and "spices".
Ordering Meat? Order it with "no oil". believe me, you'll be shocked at how oily it still is for not having any but most importantly, you'll feel better without the 1/2 cup of grease!
Eat2Live does NOT recommend eating iodized salt (table salt). We DO recommend eating sea salt or other real salt, untarnished by bleaching or other chemicals. But guess what? Your restaurant doesn't care.
Everything you order can be expected to be salt laden. When ordering your food, "no salt please" is an easy request.
The devil is always in the details. Maybe that's why a typical salad at McDonalds is just as fattening as a burger.
Sauces and Spices cause the most harm to Auto Immune disorder patients and can not only make you retain fluids, but they can cause inflammation of all kinds.
Ordering your meal, "Can I have the sauce on the side please?"
Great start. Now YOU are in control of what you eat again.
Don't feel weird about ordering more specifically, instead feel proud of yourself. As always, your goal is to eat from the ground up, not from a factory.
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