Don't be afraid to ask for substitutions when you're at your favorite restaurant. If that grilled fish comes with rice and broccoli, you can request double veggies rather than rice. Ask for the salad with dressing on the side, so YOU can measure out a smaller amount of calories.
Be sure to read all packaged food labels. The food industry is sneaky with the chemicals and word replacements. Soy and sugar replacements seem to be in everything!
I "vision collaged" my back of the door mirror, this way I "SEE" it all the time!!! Everyday, sometimes several times a day! Foods, Exercises, Physically fit bodies, places I want to go and things I want to do!! Anything that is something to strive for or look forward to I put it on the edge of that mirror. SO when I do that one last check in the mirror before I sweep out the door I know what I want in LIFE!!! EVerything I want to live for is there: Prayer, Familiy, Friends.Healthy Lifestyle!
When eating out, ask for a to-go box at the beginning of the meal. Put half of your entree and sides into the box before you start eating. This reduces the temptation to overeat and you can enjoy the remainder at your next meal!
Determined to stay off the couch in the evening after a long day and exercise, I found if I sit on the floor I end up doing all my Calisthenics, yoga poses and stretching, while hanging with hubby and enjoying our tv show.
When you go into a restaurant intent on eating healthy, scan the menu and find something that looks healthy, read the description and decide if it meets your criteria. Close the menu and put it down. Decision made! If you realize while reading the description that it has cheese or something you can't have find the next thing. Either way, just make a snap decision and don't peruse the rest of the menu! That's when you get in trouble. Don't give yourself that option!
Whenever i'm getting off track or even when i'm feeling a little bored I look over my old blogs. Almost all of them give me a more positive perspective or solutions to what I want to tweak or change. Should I not feel more empowered or motivated to a new direction then I hit some of my SP friends blogs.
If I am going out to eat for lunch or dinner, I pull up the restaurant online first to review the menu and nutrition values. If it is not online, I arrive 10 minutes earlier than my lunch appt and ask for the nutritional sheet (they are required to have one available) and make my decision before my friends arrive.
Something that really helps me is having a "go-to meal" for all of our regular restaurants. I have the elements of the meal already entered into a food grouping so it is easy to track. Then I don't even have to look at the menu.
Instead of agonizing over what to eat, stick to this simple strategy: salad topped with grilled chicken, skip the croutons, light dressing on the side, water or unsweetened coffee or tea. Dip the tines of our fork into the dressing to get a taste in each bite. You'll probably eat less than half of the dressing this way. You should easily be able to eat less than 500 calories for the meal while getting your veggies and protein. (click title for more info)
It can be hard to plan for a day of shopping or a night on the town if you are not sure where you are going to eat. I have always feared the buffet, but realized that in most cases, just because I am at a buffet I don't have to eat from it. Ask for a menu. Most places will oblige, as they make more money from a finite meal than an endless gorge. After all, the worst they can say is, "no."
Most restaurants are really cold, which always makes me want to order something hearty and comforting. If I get a hot water with lemon (hot tea would work, too) and warm up a little before I order my meal, I'm much more likely to order something that's actually good for me.
Half that portion! I half the portion of whatever i'm about to eat. If it can't be halved without wasting part then I don't eat it Example: Sandwich you can half & save for later...cookie you would have to share if a person is available or throw the half away if you have no one to share it with. IF I would have to waste it then I don't eat it. Planning!
Make good choices. Ask if you can have an extra vegetable instead of rice, potato or pasta & whole wheat instead of white bread. Most restaurant meals are larger than meals eaten at home, so as soon as a meal is before you, ask for a container to take home the leftovers. But, don't wait to see what is leftover. Immediately divide everything in half. Eat the half left on your plate & take the rest home. One exception is if the vegetable or salad portions are...(click title for more info)
cracker barrel. pancakes. bacon. you can have them and stay in your calorie fat and carb count easy peasy. i took my 8yo to cracker barrel for breakfast today because it's his spring break and i wanted to do something fun and the weather has been gray and ugly all week. the whole way there, i agonized about what i was going to eat. i've been doing SO good and i didn't want to ruin it. i typed "cracker barrel pancake" into my handy dandy spark people app on my phone. it said a pancake is 110...
If you are going out to eat, don't wait to choose your item when you reach the restaurant. Check your nutrition tracker and/or the restaurant website in advance and configure your meal to suit your tastes and your nutrition.
How many times when you're eating out, have you decided not to eat any more but ended up doing it anyways? If there's not enough food left to take home, DESTROY IT! Maybe mix two things that you wouldn't eat together or, if it's paper, put your napkin on the food. Put too much pepper on it (at a pizza place use pepper flakes!) These examples are very subtle and shouldn't really be noticed by fellow diners. I find it much easier to resist eating when the food no longer appeals to me.
Bring snacks: carrots, celery, broccoli, grapes, berries, apples, wheat crackers, hummus, low fat cheese. If you have to eat out, split a meal, or get a sandwich and salad and share with someone else. Always ask for dressing on the side.
When pancakes come with something, like an omelet, I like to get them without any butter. Butter contains unnecessary fat and cholesterol, and is usually used on pancakes just to moisten them. However, for only 30 calories, you could use 1/4 cup of sugar-free syrup. It's very tasty, and you don't have to work off as much later!
Many restaurants post menus and nutritional info online. If you are eating out, you can make your meal choices before leaving for the restaurant.
Thanks to the state of California, all chain restaurants have to give nutritional info to consumers. Even if you live elsewhere (like me!!), you can generally access info at restaurant websites. Went out to Red Lobster last night, and took a look at the website before leaving home to make a couple of choices before dinner - kept me within my calories for the day!! www.dwlz.com also has nutritional info for many restaurants.
It sounds silly, perhaps, but I wonder if we really know how much money we throw away with the leftovers each week. I started making a concerted effort to use every bit of food that is in the fridge. Whether restaurant or home leftovers and I found I was stretching 4 more meals, at least, by either reheating or using them in another way. I think we take how much food we have for granted sometimes.
I make sure I always know exactly how much I'm going to be eating beforehand - it helps planning my meals. Even at restaurants I take a look at all my food, judge how much I can eat for my calorie allotment, then portion that off and eat only that. Portioning snacks prevents continuous munching too!
When ordering your food at a restaurant, ask for a To Go container at the same time. When your food (and the container) arrives, take half and put it away immediately.