Like I said earlier this week, I missed last week’s 52 changes post so I am getting an extra one in for the week. Because I am determined to make 52 changes this year!
This week, I am working on making healthier choices when eating out. I would like to say that we just won’t eat out, period, but I know that is going to be too hard to stick to right now. So, instead of forbidding fast food, I am going to make better choices when we find ourselves at a restaurant or even (gasp) the drive-through.
I have learned that I make much better choices when I plan ahead than I do in the heat of the moment. So I am making a list of regular restaurants we frequent and listing healthier options for each. That way, when I’m in the drive-through, hangry and smelling fries, I’ll have a ready-to-go choice.
I did this yesterday, when I was out to lunch. My daughter and I had planned to try this restaurant awhile ago and we had a gift card. So everthing about it felt like, it was an opportunity to enjoy some food. I mean, it was free!
This particular place specialized in all kinds of yummy, gourmet burgers. Believe me when I say the smell was almost too tempting! It was the middle of a long day of errands and I was pretty hungry and tired… the perfect recipe for ordering a huge burger and downing it before I knew what I was doing. But this time, something was different. I knew I was writing this post today and planning this change. I knew that it wouldn’t be my last chance to have a burger. And I knew that I would feel much better for the rest of my busy day if I had something healthy.
So I got a salad with grilled chicken and actually only ate half of it because it was so filling. After we ate, we saw a folder with nutritional facts and I looked up the burger I was going to order. It was over 1300 calories, not even counting the fries. That’s more than a day’s worth of food! My half a salad clocked in at 350 calories. Much more reasonable for someone trying to get fit
Every time I make the healthy choice, it will get easier. My “No” muscle will get stronger!
What are some of your favorite, go-to healthy picks when eating out?