Healthy Dining Out

No matter what your goals, or what your needs, it is possible to go out and have a filling meal.  It doesn’t mean it’s a perfect cinch all the time, but it is possible (there are times when I do feel badly about wanting basic, clean options – but none of us should have to feel that way – establishments are there to provide a service and it IS okay to ask for what we want.  That’s the point!)

I like to eat volume, and I like to eat frequently – most restaurants don’t offer the kind of portions I need (sometimes leaving to order two sides of steamed veggies!) But…that’s always a possibility, right?  

Asian cuisines seem to be one of the easier options for those looking for more volume because often they do give larger portions (or at least will ask you if you want a full dish, or a smaller size…especially with takeout.) So Chinese or Japanese is often a good pick for me.

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My “usual” is miso soup, and steamed veggies and protein – lately I’ve gone the seafood route with shrimp and scallops, but steamed or boiled chicken works too.  The only sauce I use is soy, though when I can see the label in a store, I might buy dumpling or teriyaki sauce (Asian sauces can vary dramatically in nutritional stats and ingredients so with my sensitive system, I’d rather have the option to check.)

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Aside from being great for your digestive system, miso soup is healthier, and filling starter – it definitely takes the edge of a hungry raptor (me 😉 ) So much so that I ended up taking some of my dinner home with me – having some left is impressive!

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Clean Eating 30,000 Feet Up

There are far too many reasons why I am thankful for my fiancé – I could enumerate at great length.  

Of the countless reasons, one is the effort that he always makes to be sure I have what I need nutritionally.  I eat very “clean” (there’s always room for improvement, but I’m not average with my dietary choices at all.)  I try to stay as clean as possible no matter where I am – whether in a car for hours driving back to my hometown, out to dinner, or on a plane, I do my best to tote along healthy snacks for when my hunger strikes.  And it WILL.  Sometimes faster than I realize.

A lot of airports and rest stops have healthier options these days, but I am also a volume eater – I’ve not been to a single restaurant who’s portion of vegetables is what I would have a home.  Generally, it is a fraction!  So, if I can stock up and be prepared, I definitely try.

We recently went on a family trip and the flights were about three an a half hours.  Given how much time you have to spend getting to airports, through security, and all that, though, you add a lot more time to the in-flight number.  

While on our trip, he made sure we had time to go the store to pick up some chicken breasts, despite all the other activities planned.  At the hotel the night before we left, he took the time to cut it all up and cook it for me – no oil, no butter, no sauce…just salt and pepper the way I like it.  He made sure I had a tupperware and veggies too, so I could have a full meal instead of just a snack.

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That kind of care and effort is something that I appreciate daily – I’ll never take it for granted, and I will ALWAYS notice.  The fact that someone cares so much about my health, happiness…AND hunger, is truly a gift.  When someone takes that time, always make a point of saying thank you.  Let them know how much you value that effort, because it isn’t as common as I know we all wish it was.  

Eating clean can be stressful – there are days when I wish I didn’t have to think about it!  But at the end of the day, the fuel I put in determines my performance, and how I feel – it MATTERS.  I’m thankful that my loved ones care as much about it as I do – it keeps me on track, AND from getting into hungry-mode.  (He also got breakfast and asked for fruit, so I had two cups of it to enjoy! ❤ )

#thankful

#blessed

#gratitude

For more Clean Eating

Fitness Humor – The Veterinarian Diet

Quite funny indeed…the dreaded cone. I saw another cartoon just like it.  Except it was to avoid cell phone usage…  

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The frightening thing is. . .people go to alarming lengths for fad diets.  You know the ones – boasting promises of losing fat without lifting a finger, and eating all the sugary, fat-laden, carbohydrate heavy foods you love?  I’m not sure I’d be all that surprised were someone to try a cone (perhaps in the privacy of his or her own home but all the same!  I don’t put it past people!)  

Personally, I don’t need any other reason to add wrinkles, even on my neck.  I’ll also find a way to shovel my veggies and protein down that thing so it’s a no go for me!  The cone won’t stop a hungry raptor – I need to make good choices from the start! Screen Shot 2016-07-08 at 7.35.54 PM

5 Myths Sabotaging Your Diet‏, by Hungry Girl

Sharing this Hungry Girl post because I feel like these are some common culprits for people, and ones I hear more often than you might think – this way, you get a chance to read the article in case you missed it, or don’t know who Hungry Girl is to begin with!  

In some cases I feel like these mishaps legitimately occur when a person doesn’t know a lot about nutrition, metabolism, or the role of exercise.

 

In others cases, though, it’s almost a failure to use common sense. . .  

Hungry Girl has been posting for several, solid years – what I appreciate about what she / the Company does is that they always endeavor to educate, remind, and offer some healthier solutions and alternatives.  If nothing else, the blog can help clear up some dietary misconceptions, and help readers to rethink their own habits, recipes and routines for a healthier, happier version of themselves.  

 

Staying Healthy When Eating Out

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.

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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! 🙂

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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.)

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So what preparations should you look for / ask about when you find yourself at a restaurant?

  • Steamed
  • Grilled
  • Boiled
  • Broiled
  • No sauce, oil or butter (or on the side if you must)

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!

For more food-related jazz…! 

 

Hungry Girl Cruise Update

For those who love to travel but ALSO love to eat clean, stay healthy, and aim to come home from vacation feeling great…the Hungry Girl Team is running a Cruise in 2017 that might suit your fancy.

I posted about it here some days ago, but there are more updates here! 🙂 

I love the idea that someone was thinking “larger picture” here, and recognizes that feeling totally sabotaged upon returning from a Cruise or vacation not only happens all the time, but *might* be preventable with a little help from the (literally!) crew!  With healthy options to choose from it makes it so much easier to eat healthily while away from home!