Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tasty Tuesday: food talk




Sorry, I don't have a recipe for you today. I wanted to share with you some thoughts I've had on eating out in a low carb kind of way.

First thought, make sure you don't go to the same kind of restaurant too often. I went out to tea and to another spot popular with ladies and ended up consuming at least three pounds of sandwich salads in a week. I'm done with chicken salad for awhile.

Second thought, don't be afraid to ask. I often order hamburgers without the bun and then substitute the side or just let my family eat the fries. Sometimes we swap sides depending on where we are. Also if the dish comes with two sides, sometimes I just double up on the low carb side that I've decided on.

Third, salads are your friends. Especially, side salads, not so much the ones they offer for meals, those often are loaded with carbs.

Fourth, I always ask my family to pick out a bite for me. What is this, you say. Well, if we're having burgers, after I've finished my meal, I will ask my daughter or husband to pick out a fry for me. I eat the one and thoroughly enjoy it. Sometimes I will hand them my fork and ask them to get a bite of dessert for me. I savor it and usually discover that my idea of dessert and the reality are not the same. Because honestly, I want every dessert that's served to be perfect, but they aren't. So I realize, I m not really missing out by taking that one bite. Please note, this is harder to do at home, but for some reason easier for me to do in a restaurant.

Fifth, don't worry if you walk out of a restaurant hungry, if you're eating out, it generally means you can afford food, so go home and get yourself a little something else to eat. Use the time you have with others in restaurants to enjoy their company, it's much more filling than pasta.

What are your tips for doing low carb out and about?

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