Ordering Healthy Food at Restaurants
One of the biggest factors that contributed to my 50 pound weight loss is when I started cooking more meals at home versus going out to eat every day. I believe it’s due to the fact that I wasn’t cooking with butter, creams, etc. I started grilling my food using low sugar marinades and salt free seasonings. Not only did my cooking taste great, it was healthy. You can cook all your meals and take your cooler wherever you go. It’s true. I do it every day. However, there will come a time when you go out to eat with friends or family for a special occasion. Knowing HOW to order is important to ensure your success with your weight loss goals.
If I go out to eat Mexican food, I skip the chips and salsa. My husband loves that part of the meal, so he orders baked chips. Most restaurants will accommodate your requests and this will allow you to make “better bad choices.” As a meal, I stick with shrimp tacos with corn tortillas. When ordering, keep in mind that your body needs a protein and a complex carbohydrate at each meal. Shrimp is a great source of protein and corn tortillas serve as the complex carb. These dishes usually come with rice and beans, which are also carbs. Be aware of how much you are eating and try to avoid over eating in order to keep from storing extra fat. I usually add a tiny bit of beans on my tacos and skip the rice.
When ordering my meal, I make sure to ask the waiter or waitress to have the chef cook my food without BUTTER OR OIL. If your dish comes out sizzling, it has been cooked with butter and/or oil. This adds extra fat to the meal. I typically eat two shrimp tacos and feel satisfied after my meal. You want to avoid feeling too full.
When I want Chinese food, I go to P.F. Changs. I just love the atmosphere there. I order the Buddha’s Feast with all of my food steamed. The meal comes with steamed shrimp, tofu and vegetables. I also order steamed brown rice as my complex carbohydrate. Once you get into the habit of thinking about what your body needs as fuel, you will get away from thinking of food as entertainment. This is a realization that has really helped me along my weight loss journey.
Don’t be afraid to order something that isn’t on the menu. Most restaurants will grill chicken, seafood and other meats to your liking. Steamed or grilled vegetables are always a healthy choice as well.
If you go out to a steak house, a great choice is ordering grilled chicken breast, a plain baked sweet potato and grilled vegetables.
I hope these tips help you out so you can enjoy time with friends and family while sticking with your goals. Eat clean and follow your dreams! Kelsey Byers