Showing posts with label #restaurants. Show all posts
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Saturday, November 21, 2015

10 Tips for Dining Out During Weight Loss

Though difficult, losing weight doesn't eliminate dining out.

We go to restaurants for social time with family and friends. Dining out remains a fun activity. We use this for meeting places, business planning times, and just for talk.

Dining out does require judgement and God-control.

Here's my top ten tips for dining out during weight loss:

1.     Order exactly what you want the way you want it cooked or fixed. Don’t be intimidated.

2.     Portion control is the biggest problem. Plan on sharing an entrée or taking half home. You might even ask if they can prepare a half order.

3.     If everyone has an appetizer, order a shrimp cocktail, fresh fruit, or a cup of broth-based soup.

4.     Google the menu before you go, or ask the server for the nutritional info on their entrees.

5.     Take your own dressing if considering a salad, and leave off the croutons.

6.     Keep a visual in mind. What does 4 ounces of meat look like? (a deck of cards) How about a half cup of pasta? (one scoop of ice cream)

7.     Have water with your meal and drink a sip between every couple bites.

8.     Ditch the soda or sugar-laden drinks.

9.     Savor the conversation more than the food.

10.        Try for more color. Add red peppers slices, carrots sticks, or broccoli floweret’s to have with your meat or even a sandwich.

P. S. Terms to beware of when eating out:

Stuffed, breaded, friend, sautéed, parmigiana (with cheese), eggplant (one vegetable that really soaks up the fat), béarnaise, cream or creamy sauce, refried beans, taco salad with the shell, or salad with dressing already added.

 You can do it.
Eat out!
Lose weight!
If you have other tips, I'd love to hear them.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Are Salads a Cure-All for Weight Loss?

Compulsive overeaters can often be found at buffets, large salad bars, and restaurants with all-you-can-eat special features. The reason is simple. Our appetites grow the more we eat (Hint: your appetite decreases when you eat less for a length of time).

While the loaded buffets and all-you-can-eat plates are understandable, for a girl who didn't eat vegetables much, eating at a salad bar made me feel righteous.
I noticed that most of us lingering around the salad bars were overweight. Scary! Why was that? I set out on an investigation.

Are salads a cure-all for weight loss?

Cure-all?  No.

A big help?  Most definitely.

Okay, maybe I need a list of dos and don'ts for eating at salad bars.

DO find as many plain, raw vegetables as you can. Strive for 5-6 different kinds.
Make your plate colorful.

If available, choose something red such as red pepper or radishes.

Choose yellow such as shredded carrots or crookneck squash.

Choose white such as onions or bean sprouts.

Choose 2 green vegetables such as lettuce, spinach, kale, or watercress.

DO choose low fat dressings if possible. If none are there, take your own or put it in a separate bowl or dish, so that you can brush each forkful of salad in the dressing. That way you don't use as much. (A tip? creamy dressings such as ranch or blue cheese or higher in calories and clear dressings such as Italian.)

DON'T allow a server to dip the dressing. Do it yourself.

DON'T add croutons, pasta, or already-prepared salads such as potato salad, pasta salad, or chicken salad.

DO choose lean proteins for your salad such as 4 oz. grilled chicken, 4 oz. tuna (not mixed in a tuna salad), 1 boiled egg, 1/2 cup chopped ham, or 1/2 cup plain pinto beans, chickpeas, or black-eyed peas, or measure 2 tablespoons shredded cheese.

DO measure out about 2 tablespoons of sunflower seeds if they have them.

DON'T choose bacon or candied nuts.

DO add to your salad any fresh fruit on the bar such as grapes, apples, or cantaloupe.

DON'T be afraid to ask for fresher lettuce, grilled chicken to be cooked for you, or anything you might want that you don't see. The restaurants want you to be pleased, so you'll return.

Salads help me a lot. I think they will you, too. Here's some benefits:

    1. They contain lots of fiber. Fiber is proven to help weight loss.
    2. Salad fills you up, so you don't want more food.
    3. They can pack a wallop of needed vitamins and minerals in one bowl.
CHOOSE THE SALAD but remember the dos and dont's.

What's your experience with salad?

Has it helped or hurt you?