Wow!  This has been a fun week!  I had a wedding anniversary, a quick trip to Dallas for a speaker’s class, long-time friends coming through town for dinner, an evening art class and two dinner business meetings. It was jam-packed with interesting people and events but was one of those weeks that made it difficult to eat at home.  For me, eating at home makes it a lot easier to have big, delicious salads and naturally-raised meat, which I savor.  Although it’s a nice, tasty diversion and often the only option, restaurant food can sabotage our best efforts. The accountability of keeping a food log caused me to think of a strategy for navigating restaurant food.

With my START SOMEWHERE RESET goal in mind, here are some of my restaurant tactics:

  1. Go in with a plan.  Earl Nightingale, an American writer, speaker, and radio personality, said it perfectly:  “All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination.”  It’s applicable in every area of life and LIVING YOUNGER.
  2. Consider taking half of it home.  This is not an original idea, but I don’t remember where I got it.  When the server comes back to “see how everything is tasting,” that’s when I would ask for a to-go container.  It really feels great to take part of it home.
  3. Split a meal.  My husband and I often split an entree and each get a salad. It’s great to save money and so far, I’ve never left hungry.
  4. Order an appetizer and a salad.  Depending on what is on the menu, this is usually something special that I wouldn’t ordinarily fix at home. It’s typically a taste adventure but not a huge portion.
  5. Put the fork down after every bite and concentrate on the conversation.  As I talked about earlier this week, eating slowly and chewing more is a key to food satisfaction and a great way to eat less.  

There is so much “portion distortion” when eating out. When I have the good sense to remember the above strategies, I leave feeling better.  I sleep better when I’m not so stuffed!  Navigating restaurant food is a skill – it’s a “muscle” that must be developed.  Old habits are tough to break.  The good news is that we can always try again to make better choices for increased vitality in the long run.  It’s not about feeling deprived or missing the party.  START SOMEWHERE with me as we each find our own health groove.  We can do it together!  Thanks for stopping by.

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Navigating Restaurant Food

Navigating Restaurant Food