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.