I’m not sure if this cartoon is depicting the origins of the Brontosaurus, or just me when I’ve gone two and a half hours without food…
I’m going to go with the latter.
It is definitely possible to eat clean when you eat out – don’t let fancy menus intimidate you, peers pressure you, or options overwhelm!
I’ve written tons of posts about eating at restaurants and on the road because the reality is…you aren’t always going to be in the safety of your own kitchen! When you have goals – whether to lose weight, maintain fitness, optimize performance, compete…whatever – you know how important it is to stay clean. Nutrition IS about 85% of it – let’s not kid ourselves.
Clean, however, doesn’t have to be boring! Nor, equally important, does it have to leave you starving! The whole idea is to set yourself up for SUCCESS, right?!
My family visited this weekend, and we had a three meals planned at restaurants – back in the day, that would have terrified me (having eating disorders is nothing short of being held hostage by delusional thoughts – it’s a living nightmare.) Nowadays, I feel so blessed and thankful, not only that I can eat out and really enjoy it (sans anxiety!), but that my loved ones are supportive of my choices. ❤
One of our meals was in a restaurant that made Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives…so you can imagine, it wasn’t poised as the most healthy. Still, ordering steamed shrimp, broiled fish (no oil, no butter), and plain, steamed veggies was a CINCH! It was delicious, filling, and totally in line with my needs.
Dinner was at a fancier place, where richer dishes are commonplace. But, again, easy-peasy – basic grilled fish, grilled vegetables, and an appetizer with plain crabmeat. Clean, delicious, satisfying! 🙂
Breakfast was at a hotel…with an OUTRAGEOUS buffet! The majority of foods were ones that I don’t really allow on my meal plan, but there we also many healthy, wonderful options. I ordered my usual poached eggs, snagged some boiled shrimp, and a bowl of fruit.
I never like to eat too much in once sitting (I CAN, but I’d rather break it up – both because I know I can overdo it easily, but also my body can better assimilate the nutrients when I leave time in between.)
So what preparations should you look for / ask about when you find yourself at a restaurant?
Trust me, they have been asked before so DON’T be embarrassed. Sticking to what works best for you…and, most importantly, leaves you feeling GOOD about you…is always okay!
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