We all know that when traveling it can be a bear eating healthy - or eating as healthy as you can.
We've been on vacation for the past 10 days & I've been surprised by the restaurants that have changed their menu to attract the nutrition conscious.
One restaurant that totally surprised me was IHOP. Yes, IHOP. Home of the 2500 calorie breakfast and other unhealthy road blocks. First they have a separate menu section for those of us who are trying to eat healthy. Then, they will work to
de-fat and de-sugar other items. They now carry Sugar Free syrup! I found a Spinach, mushroom & Tomato omelet (made with egg substitute) and a side dish of fruit that totaled just 330 calories. Standard prep called for Swiss chess, but I axed the cheese for less calories & fat. TASTED GREAT!
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We just went to IHop this weekend and were pleasantly surprised to see the calorie counts on every menu item with some items labeled "simple and fit". Also, on several pages, they had guides as to how one could reduce calories further. It was both helpful AND revealing especially to see how many calories our "used to be" favorite pancakes were!! There are plenty of reasonable and delicious choices and of course you don't have to eat everything on your plate!!
Vacation Eating... take a hit. Then back to the diet!
Summer vacation! A fun getaway! A calorie restricted diet? Traveling exposes one to many different foods, and what is the point of not enjoying those foods? Before your trip, choose how many calories per day you can eat at maximum (greater than now) and stick to that goal. Take a short calorie hit!
If your diet limit is usually 2000 kcal, bump that up by 30%, around 2600 kcal. On a 4 day trip, you can consume at most 10400 kcal. On those days where a lobster dinner is served, you can take from that amount. Spread the rest. Remember, calorie deficit over time is more important that per day.
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