One of my favourite meals, especially in the summer, is steak salad. I fill up a bowl with romaine lettuce, bell peppers, cucumber, and olives and then toss in 1 or 2 oz of medium rare sirloin, chopped into small strips. Toss the whole works with olive oil and lemon juice.
The steak makes the salad much more filling without adding a lot of calories or fat.
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This is one of the best pieces of advice I've gotten to help me determine if I'm really hungry or if I just want to eat: When you think you're hungry, think about eating a big juicy steak. If you're truly hungry, the steak will sound delicious. If you're just facing a craving or wanting to eat out of boredom, the thought of eating a steak will not be appealing - in which case its time to go find something else to do.
If you're getting bored with the same foods all the time, try combining them in different ways. For example, I got awfully tired of having grilled chicken salads, so I decided to put grilled steak in my salad instead.
When eating out, get what you want, but only get the highest priority item
It can be hard to stay on track while eating out, because it seems like you either have to order something you don't really want, or you just can't stay within a reasonable calorie range. What has worked for me is determining the one thing I really want -- whether it is an appetizer, cocktail, entree, side dish, or dessert. I can have any of those things, but I usually cannot have all of those things, so I pick the one I want most and plan the rest of my meal around that item.
Sometimes this means that if I want a dessert, I have a cup of soup or salad for dinner while everyone else is eating steaks or ribs or pasta. Sometimes this means I get the steak but a veg side and no dessert/cocktail/appetizer. But it means I can have whatever I *really* want that evening!
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