I created a thread pointing to an article about When you eat. www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messagebo
Our fearless leader CBevNow asked whether where we eat matters. She eats In front of the TV. She asks: where do you eat at home and what restaurants do you feel are good to eat at. She likes Red Lobster
I admit I eat in front of the TV with my husband - if I had a choice, I'd turn it off and take the time to engage each other in conversation. Studies show that families who eat together and use the time to connect are happier and tighter as a unit - especially if there are kids in the house. Often, dinner is the only time families are together and given the opportunity to share their lives.
For me, all restaurants are mine fields with their desert menus and oversized portions. When I'm at Red Lobster I want to eat their salt and cheese laden biscuits. They are sooooo good. I find it easy to order the healthy menu items, but I want to eat the delivered portions. How can I order trout or tilapia and only eat just a little bit??
The other problem for me is complete lack of veggie choices. I can have the veggie of the day which 90% of the time is broccoli. We aren't supposed to eat a lot of that and I don't really like it. So if I eat the correct protein serving there really is nothing on my plate.
But, if I'm going to a restaurant, a fish place like Red Lobster is a good choice. We also have a restaurant called Ghingis Grill nearby. You grab a bowl and pick your own meats and veggies and sauces, hand the bowl to them, they grill it (downside - it's grilled with oil) for you. You pick your starch (rice, Udon noodles, pasta...). There, I do a great job with portion control.
We also have a restaurant chain called Sweet Tomatoes that is a giant salad bar with every salad fixing you can think of. I get too much lettuce but I get to have ingredients I don't get at home. This is about the only time I eat beans - I take a spoonful of kidney beans. Beets, jicama. I know I'm eating too much, but it is all veggies.
(I never answer a question with 10 words when a hundred will do....)
Edited by: CLAIRE_LEFT_SP at: 7/25/2012 (03:18)
Those who think they have no time for a healthy lifestyle will sooner or later will have to find time for illness.