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When eating out at a sitdown restaurant I want to enjoy a good meal not bland grilled chicken. Most restaurants have huge portion sizes to begin with so me and my husband choose to split a meal and end up saving on calories and getting a great meal for half the price which is a great bonus!
I know it sounds strange, but I make my spagetti and use green beans instead of pasta. I get my vegetables and save tons of calories. My DH likes his pasta so I do his plate using half and half and he is perfectly happy. Give it a try... it is a great substitution.
I have the hardest time with portion control. Lean Cuisine meals to the rescue! If I'm still hungry I have hard boiled eggs, veggies or fruits as a snack! Result: Less daily calories, eating more often plus learning true portion size, and no more guesswork for dinner at the end of a long day!
You have learned new coping strategies, and found many foods you LIKE that are good for you. Instead of thinking, "I lose control at restaurants and give in to temptation," you should think, "I have many reliable tools to make sure I make healthy decisions, no matter where I am."
Stay to the outside aisles at the grocery store. The middle aisles are full fatty, high sodium, high processed foods. The outside aisles of the store are more natural and less processed.
My sister turned me on to Sei Mee Tea (www.groundgreentea.com). It's ground tea leaves that maintain more nutrients than tea in a bag. Helps speed up metabolism and I haven't been sick in 2 years! You can drink it cold or hot or sprinkle it over food (for instance oatmeal).
If i didn't have time to pack my lunch (which rarely happens), instead of eating at the cafeteria I will walk to the grocery store. I am fortunate that there is one just about 10 mins away. I find I am able to get less processed foods...that cost less!
When I'm really craving a sweet treat, but don't want to blow my day, I make my own "ice cream sandwich." Spreading low (or no) fat cool whip between two cinnamon graham crackers and throwing it in the freezer for a few minutes is just perfect!! And, about 4g of fat. WIN!
It is easy to add veggies into your day. They are low in calories, versatile and make for great snacks. Stock up on celery, carrots, baby bell peppers, cauliflower and broccoli florets, grape tomatoes and baby cucumbers. Then you can munch away without the guilt.