None of these are earth-shattering insights, but if you internalize them, it can help with your weight-loss, healthy eating goals.
• Ask for a lunch-sized portion for dinner.
• Eat an appetizer for your meal.
• Ask for a to-go container when they bring your food. Box half of it immediately. Better yet, ask your server to do it before s/he brings your food to you.
• Order food grilled, steamed, boiled, baked, poached, roasted or broiled instead of sautéed or fried. (Unlike in LazyLand, restaurants sauté in butter or oil … or both!)
• Ask for your food to be cooked “dry” which is restaurantese for no added oil or butter. Ask for lemon or extra spices. Chefs hate this — it goes against all their training — so if you have to, say you have health issues.
• Refuse the bread basket.
• If you must have the bread, just have one and ask them not to plate the rice or the potatoes that comes with your entrée.
• Don’t be shy about special requests.
• If nothing looks figure-friendly, order a salad with dressing and cheese on the side. Can’t go wrong there!
• Just for fun, pay attention the next time you go out with the girls versus the next time you go out with a guy. There was a recent study that said women eating together consumed about 800 calories each, but a woman eating with a man only ate about 550 calories.
At a pizza place …
• Order thin-crust pizza. Pester your local pizza place until they make a thin whole wheat crust.
• Stay away from pepperoni, sausage and bacon. Go for vegetarian, grilled chicken, Canadian bacon or ham.
• Ask for half the cheese and twice the sauce
• Blot the oil with a paper napkin
Do you have any advice to eat healthy at restaurants? What are your strategies when you travel? (That always seems to be my challenge.)