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DMRYAN11 Posts: 101
3/19/12 3:27 P

I know you are all absolutey correct! I think the problem is that I just don't trust myself to make the right choices all the time.

Thank you for all the awesome support! this really does help.

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3/19/12 1:51 P

I ADORE Mexican food. And I'm learning to eat it while staying in my ranges by being smart about what I order! There's lots of great choices at a Mexican place. A few tips I've discovered:

1) Salad - Always get a salad. Not the massive fried-shell, refried-beans monstrosities, something small and filling.
2) Avocados! A bit calorie dense, but super healthy, and a great way to get those healthy fats you need
3) Skip the tortilla - these things are brimming with simple carbs and high calories that you don't need.
4) Easy on the sides. Count out your tortilla chips, and STOP when you hit your limit. Indulge in the salsa... salsa's low in calories, and super tasty. No guacamole or cheese dip... those things are calorie landmines!
5) Opt for chicken or pork - I love beef, but I'm starting to do more chicken.
6) Plan ahead - know what you're ordering before you go. Maybe even have a light snack of some protein before you go so you aren't starving when you get there. IF you plan ahead, and have it already entered into your food tracker, you're less likely to "cheat"
7) Relax. Once a week of this isn't going to sabotage your efforts. You can even plan a high-calorie day by spreading the rest of your week's calories out a bit!

LISAWMI Posts: 842
3/19/12 1:20 P

I agree- you don't have to eat everything on your plate! Moderation is key. However, you don't want to consume 3,000 calories in one sitting either! Another thought would be to go with them every other week. Think about the menu in advance and see if you can determine a reasonable meal that you can have with them.

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3/19/12 12:26 P

Take a deep breathe ! Who says you can't go out with your co-workers to enjoy Mexican food ?

Spark People isn't about deprivation. It's all about moderation and portion control. Yes, even Mexican, Chinese, pizza, etc... CAN all be a part of a healthy lifestyle as long as you are mindful of the portion size.

Go out with your friends ! Your social life doesn't stop and shouldn't stop because you're trying to lose a few pounds. Going out to eat IS a part of your healthy social life. What to do ? This is where you start to learn portion control. Because I can't imagine living a life where I wasn't allowed to eat something because I was worried I'd gain weight. That's not healthy.

What's healthy ? Try the tortilla soup ! have the gazpacho. Avoid the chips and dip. wait to enjoy and savor your meal. Have the soft shelled tortillas with black beans. refried beans are a great side. good for you too !

There really is no reason you can't eat out with your friends at lunch, just be mindful of the portion. AND if you aren't mindful of the portion, don't beat yourself up and tell yourself you blew it. YOU DIDN'T !!! there are going to be days you eat more than others. it's going to happen. As long as it doesn't happen every single day, you're going to be fine.

All things in moderation and that includes Mexican.

Remember, you don't have to clean your plate. Eat half and take half home to enjoy at dinner or for lunch tomorrow. Most restaurants give portions that could easily feed two or more people. it's okay to take home a doggie bag.



DMRYAN11 Posts: 101
3/19/12 12:21 P

I am so nervous about being back in the office after starting this program! There are SO many hidden gotchas here for me......namely, my love of having Mexican food with my co-workers on Mondays! AHHHHH!!!! How do I bow out of my lunch group without offending people? I'm too scared to go to the Mexican place be surrounded with all those wonderful, horribly bad foods!

This is only my 3rd day on the program and I don't want to blow it! Should I stick to my guns, go home for lunch and have my scrumptious lunch I have planned out? Or go to lunch with the gang and be miserable???

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