When your goal is losing weight, eating out can be a challenge – but you can do it and still lose weight. I’m all for great restaurant food. For me that’s more like a veggie fajita or portobello burger in a pub with a good craft brew. I’m no longer impressed with expensive fine dining and gourmet meals. No matter what your choice of dining venue may be, if your goal is to lose weight, you’ll want to eat mindfully. Think about what the menu items will taste like and think about how you will feel after your meal. If you don’t see healthy plant-based food options on the menu, look at what it does have. Maybe you’ll find pasta in cream sauce. Maybe you’ll find vegetables in a cheese dish.
Ask your wait-person to request the good folks in the kitchen to see what they can make for you out of the vegetables and pasta – and tell them to hold the oil. I have had the most amazing meals (frequently for less money than the featured menu items) simply by asking for what I want. On more than one occasion, the beaming chef brought my plate of food out to me excited to have the opportunity to create something off menu. I also tip well. One more thing: You will probably be served a platter of food that will provide you 2 to 4 servings. Remember you don’t have to clean your plate!
Hypnosis for weight loss can make it easy for you to enjoy fabulous restaurant meals and still lose weight. Eating out is a part of modern life. Enjoy – but be true to yourself.
Eating out without pigging out
I know this can be a potential downfall, but it doesn’t need to be. My wife and I eat out at least once or twice each week. I usually find it quite easy to order. Mexican and Italian restaurants are some of my favorites. I can order black bean veggie burritos without cheese or sour cream and be a very happy camper. Even if it’s not on the menu, most Italian restaurants are happy to prepare pasta with tomato sauce and veggies without dairy. Remember, you have the right to request what you want. The restaurant is working for you. If you don’t see anything on the menu, ask the waitperson what the chef can prepare for you. Be courteous in your interactions, and they will usually bend over backwards to accommodate. And then I tip well!
When attending conferences, I make sure to place my meal order early and verify it with the hotel staff when I arrive. One client, who often travels internationally, orders a baked potato for breakfast from room service the night before. If I’m attending a meeting where lunch is provided, I generally bring with me some fruit and perhaps a few almonds or Wasa Crisp Bread.
In Quilcene, Washington, we stopped at a little hole-in-thewall restaurants for lunch. I wasn’t sure what I was getting into, but we were hungry and needed to eat. The establishment served breakfast all day. I spotted Vegetable Hash on the menu. It was served with 2 eggs and smothered in cheese. I thought, “this will work.” When the waitress came for our order, I ordered the Vegetable Hash without the eggs and cheese. I could see into the kitchen and watch the cook at the grill. I could see that there was already enough oil on that griddle so I asked the waitress to ask the cook to please cook my veggies and potatoes “dry”. “No problem,” she replied. I then asked her for a side of salsa.
When my meal came it was a huge colorful platter of hash browns and vegetables that looked and smelled great. Every head in the restaurant turned to see what I had ordered. One man who was about to order asked where that was on the menu. For less than eight bucks I got two very delicious meals. So, think outside the box when you are ordering!
I love restaurants and grocery stores with salad bars. There are so many choices of vegetables and fruits, and I love mixing them together for a great speedy meal. Many burger chains now offer vegeburgers on whole wheat buns, so being pinched for time doesn’t mean you have to blow your food plan.
A word of caution: When ordering a veggie burger, find out if it is made with cheese and find out how they prepare it. Some restaurants actually take a perfectly good veggie burger and soak it in fat to add flavor. I make sure they take the frozen patty and do nothing to it before placing it on the dry grill or open flame.
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