The Perils of Eating Out
January 15, 2014 40 Comments
How did we get in a situation where going to a restaurant is dangerous? No, I’m not talking about getting mugged on your way back to the car.
I’m talking about those bad boys in the photo. The fries in the photo are in black and white because I have been getting complaints about the food being too tempting on the site.
Food is also tempting when you can order it and a nice person shows up and serves it to you. If you are trying to eat healthy, you probably have a restaurant strategy. Mine began years ago with the elimination of fries from my dinner when I go out.
Funny story – last week I went out to dinner with my family and ordered a burger with a side salad (instead of fries) and the dressing on the side. I do this EVERY time I order a burger. The server brought me a burger with fries.
AAAAH! What do I do? Throw a tantrum and toss them on the floor? Run screaming from the restaurant? My children were watching me so I put the fries on my husband’s plate and simply asked for my salad.
This isn’t the first time I got fries when I asked for salad.
What else do I avoid? The bread basket, the chip basket, the free popcorn, or any other “free” addition to my meal. It is not really FREE. These foods tend to be high in sodium and fat – before you know it you have added 500 calories to a meal and you didn’t even mean to eat THREE of those warm dinner rolls.
I will admit to having eating three dinner rolls when I was hungry and the food was taking a long time. I believe it was like eating 6 slices of bread in one sitting.
Yes, eating out can be perilous.
The other side is that eating out is supposed to be pleasurable and it is easier than cooking. No shopping, prep, cleaning… I LOVE eating out - but I don’t do it very often because it is so hard to stay healthy and my bank account doesn’t like it very much.
How do you deal with eating out? What scary things have you encountered?
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