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Eating out vs eating well

Sunday, July 07, 2013

I read a comment here someone posted last week. They were talking about the owner of a restaurant making them special food that he makes for his own family. How wonderful it would be if more and more restaurants would be like this on a consistent basis. Maybe they could post a sign saying.. "ON A DIET OR LOOKING THE HEALTHIEST OPTION? ASK US!". I'm friends with a local restaurant owner and even then I would hesitate to ask. If I knew the chef wouldn't mind such requests I would go out much more.
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    Eating out is always bad, even if they offer healthy options. So many are offering them now, but still put too much sodium in them. We love to eat out and have to stop doing it so much. I have known several owners of restaurants and they cook such good food, have asked for changes and they didn't mind. I just have to learn to like cooking more! emoticon
    1647 days ago
    I no longer do restaurants as even if they did give you what you asked for, there is still to much salt, fat, and sugar in it and it's sometimes way to hard to guess at those factors. So for me, it's much easier to stay home and enjoy making it myself - cuz I can count it.

    But enjoying a restaurant is great on several levels, as far as I am concerned because for an entire lifetime, I was a restaurant connoisseur. I don't blame them for my problems now, but I do blame food processors and packagers because of the things they taught us. It was okay until we learned what is really going on inside us and to keep pushing it on us is wrong. However, I do advocate asking for what you want, and insisting on it. They are in business for the customer and they know it so a lazy Chef doesn't cut it! Watch Restaurant Stakeout. That show really shows the mental attitude of a lot of cooks and chefs. So you at least understand what you are up against, which may make it easier for you to get what you want.

    Good hunting and enjoy! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1656 days ago
    One way I deal with this I ask for things on the side- like on a salad, the dressing, cheese ,and nuts- that way I can control the amount of high fat food. I have also done this with sandwiches, but holding the butter is usually an easy thing to do while cooking. I think we make things hard for ourselves by not asking.

    One thing I do all the time is at our Chinese carryout I always ask for steamed veggies and chicken and sauce on the side and I get a great meal that doesn't break the bank in calories- and I use left overs in the next night's meal..
    1656 days ago
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    Someday I plan on asking for no salt/no butter/ etc. ... but I feel uncomfortable, too. Luckily some restaurants do have healthy options, and it's great when you can see the menu online before you go :)
    1656 days ago
    I owned a healthy homemade food Mexican restaurant, El Maya's, in Lake Isabella CA for 9 years. We always made the good stuff, and almost daily we would give to those who asked for what ended up being called, "the special of the day" which was whatever we felt like cooking. Usually was quite chili pepper hot!! Not always, lots of ceviche too.
    I'd say, go ask your owner friend!! I think there is a call for it, that is having healthiest options on the menu. Owners need to know this. LOL, tell him I said so!!
    1656 days ago
    The way I see it, I am paying them for food, they are not paying me to eat. If I want steamed veggies instead of fried, I ask for it. I always ask for dressing on the side and no sugar tea. I have requested chicken or fish broiled instead of fried. I don't think I am asking too much when I am the one paying.
    1656 days ago
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