Im a people person but when it comes to lunchtime,I eat alone.I pack my own lunch and snacks each day so I wont be tempted to get out of line.I use the time to read or write,and unwind.I constantly hear my co-workers consulting on where to eat,knowing it's not only going to cost a fortune to eat out each day,but you also tend to lose control of your diet..when I say diet I mean foods you put into your body to fuel it.In Mississippi healthy restaraunts can be hard to come by. Remember to do what's best for you.
Every one has given really good advice and they are right I go outside every day with a co worker and no matter what she has I have what I am suppose to and for the past week she has been eating different as well. Doing the right thing can at times be contagious
Chinese food is a danger food for someone wanting to lose weight. And the problem is, the scale doesn't always reflect it the very next day. It sneaks up on you.
Choose to go maybe once a week if necessary. Stick to veggies and fresh fruits (if there is a buffet). Go moderate on rice & high carb foods. Drink LOTS of water before, during, and after the meal to wash the sodium out of your system.
Stick to decisions that are going to support your healthy eating/lifestyle plan! You can do this. Good luck!
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I would limit eating out.....I never do well with my diet if I eat out to much. It is all those hidden calories...too much fat and sodium. They raise heck with me. So I limit eating out to twice a week. Even then my husband and I try to opt for fish or chicken dishes. I let him have beef once a week. LOL.........I try to keep him on the straight and narrow! Anyways.......good luck and do what is best for you. Just look out for yourself o.k. -Holly
order an asian salad with soup or get steamed tofu with veggies and don't take the rice. Most places will cater to you. You just have to ask. If not pack a lunch and eat it discreetly at the place..:) LOL hey we gotta do what we gotta do at times. I completely understand the going to lunch with co workers etc...you don't want to miss it because some decisions get made over that meal..You never know they might pick up on your habits and you can go somewhere else
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I totally understand what you are going through. My office team goes out every day for lunch. I will only join them once a week now... I give them 2 explainations. The first is that I am trying to eat better and the second is to save some $ for an upcoming vacation! When I do go out - I make sure I am choosing the non fried items - For instance. I will do veggie lo-main or steamed broccoli and white rice. Fill up on chinese tea and water. Sometimes.. I find that I will just order an appetizer of steak terriyaki sticks.. Generally its grilled and its very thin steak - Not a lot of calories, or carbs. Good protein. I hope that helps!
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If you go with them (and you don't need to go every day they go right?!) make sure you don't go there hungry. I'd have a glass (or 2) of water before going. Also if you can't find the foods listed here I also use thedailyplate.com to get nutritional info
Just remember to scan the menu for healthy choices and go easy on the portions (maybe even ask for a "doggy bag" and put half of it in there before you start eating).
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If you have to do Chinese, I suggest the steamed peking raviolies, or wanton soup. If you go to a site like Calorieking.com they will tell you a lot of different chinese foods that arent so bad. I would also look for steamed veggies. I know that if I were sitting in a chinese restaurant I would be drooling over everyone elses crab rangoons and egg rolls, but maybe you could either suggest something different, or you could let them know you appreciate the invite, but you're going to go to lunch on your own for the most part. Your health is more important than keeping up with the Jones', so to speak.
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Why don't you suggest somewhere healthier once in a while. Somewhere that serves the calorie dense food they like along with the healthy foods you like. Also, my boyfriend loves chinese food so on the rare occasion I go with him, I get an empty plate order vegetables and take some of his dish. Alot less calories!!!
That's a big challenge. Maybe you could just go with them one day a week and stick to a couple of sushi rolls, grilled chicken and fruits or vegetables - things without all the sauce and unknown ingredients. The other days you could bring your own lunch to work. Hope that helps. Chinese food is just about my favorite, so until I reach my goal - I am staying away and when I reach my goal, I will go occasionally, but try to make healthy choices. In the meantime, I am enjoying sushi once in awhile. It satisfies my craving for Chinese. Good luck.
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Alrighty, I'm a college student and I'm just starting placement at local womens organization. Anyway my first day was yesterday and I'll be working mondays for a few weeks then work full time.
So the problem is, everyone in my office goes out for lunch at their favourite chinese place at least 3 days a week. I went out for lunch with them yesterday and then later realized how many calories are in chinese food. On top of that I can't find nutrition information for the exact things I ate anywhere. (ie. Sweet and Sour Chicken Balls, Beef and Greens, and Fried Shrimp [with the batter like the chicken balls])
How can I make it through these lunches without killing my diet every time, and does anyone know where I could find the nutritional information for the exact items I like to eat ??? So I could try to plan my lunches :S....
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