By now you should have all of your grainy carbohydrate decomposing in some landfill, and be working on eating salads like crazy. Haha!
If you didn’t read the first post about how to get started losing 10 pounds, click here. You need to read that first.
As promised, this will be about how you (and your family) can eat at restaurants while living your new healthy lifestyle.
Remember this isn’t a “diet”, this is a complete way of living that myself, my family, and friends have been living for years. Fat melts off your body, your energy is through the roof, and your mental clarity is crazy good!
I know that tons of you reading this eat at restaurants all the time. This is cool. It could be because you don’t like to cook, or you have business lunches as part of your daily routine. The only thing that really matters is that you’re comfortable asking for what you want.
I have never been at a restaurant where I couldn’t eat what I wanted. Never!
In fact, when I’m with people that don’t care as much about their health, the way they look, or their energy levels – it’s really common for them to say “you pick the restaurant because you’re so picky.” As if they think eating healthy is hard. I just laugh, and tell them “it doesn’t matter.” They are usually skeptical.
Now I would definitely veto something like McDonalds (or other like fast food chains) that pretty much serve poison to us. That being said, if all you have available… fast food can be conquered as well.
Most people think that eating well, and living a healthy lifestyle is hard, but it’s really more about knowing how. And trust me when I say – most people have NO idea what eating healthy looks like. I mean, did you think that “healthy whole grains” were good for you? I know the media had me convinced of that one for quite a while. We live and learn, we just need to make sure that we keep learning.
Back to the topic at hand… eating at restaurants.
Here are the steps to take:
* Find a protein (meat) that you like that is not breaded
* Substitue veggies for any starchy carbs (bread, potatoes, pasta, rice, etc)
* Ask for dressings on the side (unless you know it’s a sugar free olive oil and vinaigrette)
Examples of how to eat at restaurants:
Burger with lettuce instead of bun
Salad instead of fries
Salad or seasonal veggies instead of mashed potatoes
Get it in a bowl without tortilla
Sub extra beans for the rice
Salad with meat, no croutons and dressing on the side (shoot for any sugar free dressing)
What are we OK with?
Pretty much protein, fat, and veggies. Remember that fats don’t make you fat, carbs do. And a calorie isn’t a calorie.
Now it is important that whenever possible you buy free range, grass fed, hormone free, pesticide free meats and produce. This is because you are not only what you eat, but you’re also what your food eats.
If a cow is getting fed grains, you buy a steak, you eat the steak, you get the grains. Or at least the negative side effects of the cow not eating grasses.
If you have any questions drop me a comment below.
In the next post you’re going to learn all about mindset. The way that you think truly determines if you’re going to reach your goals. Stay tuned!