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Handy Tips for The Business Lunch - Spark Style

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Many of us encounter the business lunch, dinner out or brunch-with-the-in-laws events in our lives. Only if we are lucky does the chosen restaurant establishment publish Sparky nutritional information. Often, even for the most dedicated of Sparky nutrition trackers, the caloric and nutritional data associated with the food on one’s plate is both unknown and unknowable. To make matters worse, ordering the cop-out on the menu (salad with the dressing on the side, only) is not always politic.

Not that I necessarily religiously follow this simple guidance myself, but when I do the following seems to work well:

Find the leanest entrée on the menu; eat half and leave half. Order vegetables not prepared in cheese, sauces and not fried. Avoid the chips, fries, cheesy sides and basically anything deep fried (yes, onion rings are a no- no). Just say no. Do not order foods in heavy sauces. Those sauces tend to be laden with those devilish calorie-gnomes. Skip the bread basket. By all means, skip the butter. Drink water, unsweetened iced tea or coffee.

Finally, do not fret over the impression made on other more hearty eaters at your table. The odds are for everyone who "tsks" over your bird-like approach, two will be envious of your will power.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
WOUBBIE 7/22/2013 8:44AM

    Low carb rules again! You just order real food that doesn't spike your blood sugar. The less processing the better. My last business lunch was at Ditka's in Pittsburgh:


(Not my photo, and it doesn't do the chop justice!)

The chop plus the side salad were so filling that I didn't even bother with more than a bite of the sweet potatos and the apples. (They're just filler anyway.) Had several decafs with half and half. Was full until dinnertime, never got sleepy mid-afternoon from a blood sugar drop, and lost about a half a pound for the week.

Butter rules!

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SPARKFRAN514 7/19/2013 10:20AM

    Thank you for the good advice we all know that we need to just say no to some foods sounds easy but oh so hard to do. thanks for reminding us. i know I have told my self its just one meal ... seeing the pictures will make it easier to eat half and save half for latter when possible. another Idea share a meal. get the sliders and share is something I have done with a friend .

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PHEBESS 7/19/2013 8:32AM

    I need to remember this every day - my lunch today was not in this plan!

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ASTRA58 7/18/2013 10:33AM

    Very timely reminder!

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PICKIE98 7/18/2013 7:53AM

    Right-o Fido Boss! I always try to eat the protein, leaving the carb and free calories stuff if I am full.(salad,few veggies, garnishes, table decor, gum left under table,etc.)

Seriously, I agree. My one concession is a baked potato. I could make just that a meal... OR a chefs salad.One time I was at a restaurant(on vacation) that subbed little broccoli flowerettes for the cheese on my chef salad!! Yum!

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BOSS61 7/18/2013 7:42AM

    On the doggie bag issue, sometimes that's antithetical to the business environment of lunch. If out with family or friends its one thing. A business lunch is something else.

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SASSYLJB 7/18/2013 6:42AM

    Great rules to always remember! We easily forget them! I however take the other half home usually for lunch or dinner! thanks boss!

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WORLDSERIES11 7/18/2013 2:16AM

    Great advice! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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TIMOTHYNOHE 7/17/2013 11:26PM

    All good workable advice. Only I take the other half home.

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MARYANN2323 7/17/2013 9:35PM

    Good advice!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/17/2013 9:03PM

    Great sparky advice for any meal eaten out!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 7/17/2013 8:50PM

    Great advice. I don't eat out too often.

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JAMBABY0 7/17/2013 8:43PM

    nice pics thanks for sharing

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JUNEAU2010 7/17/2013 8:43PM

    I have a lunch date tomorrow, so your blog is a very timely reminder!

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