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How I Conquered the Weekend!

Monday, August 09, 2010

Eating healthy during the week is cinch- all of my meals are pre-planned and there is no peer pressure to eat other, unhealthy foods. However, when the weekend comes it's harder to control what I'm eating: especially with my boyfriend. He doesn't eat healthy, to say the very least. This weekend I asked him if he would consider taking a multivitamin and he said, "What, do I look like I'm 50 years old?" This coming from a guy who eats once or twice a day, and usually something fattening like Chicken Parmesan or pizza.

Anyway, of course he wants to eat at all of these bad places: Gennaro's in Quincy, Massachusetts (a fantastic Italian place) and a little breakfast spot down the street from my house. Needless to say, not too many healthy options at either place! I told him we could go- we rarely get to spend time together (we're both law students that live apart) and I know that in the future I will be faced with eating at places like this.

At Gennaro's, I got a Pasta Fagiole soup and a side salad with tuna. Thinking I was safe with soup, when we got it it was the richest soup I have ever seen (more like a pasta dish with a little broth thrown it!) It was DELICIOUS but I could actually SEE some of the grease in it. SOOO, I only ate half of it and then I ate the entire salad and half of the tuna salad. The next morning at breakfast, I ordered eggs whites, wheat toast and homefries. I ate all the eggs, one slice of toast, and only a few homefries (which were AMAZING!, completely homemade).

I realized that IT'S OKAY to only eat a portion of your meal when you go out. I grew up with the "clean your plate" mentality. But this weekend I abandoned it and only ate what filled me up, making sure to drink plenty of water between bites. I was FULL but not STUFFED, and I stayed on track!

On Friday I went to the 99 and ordered their teriyaki sirloin with snow peas and jasmine rice. Delicious! Shared a desert with the BF, only had a few bites though!

Lesson learned: only having a few bites of something is a way to stay on track but still enjoy some of those foods you love!

How do you conquer your weekends?
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  • CONALD22
    Thanks AMARSHALL1272! It was very hard at first, but I left the restaurant with my palette, belly, and diet feeling satisfied! Glad you discovered the trick, too emoticon
    2844 days ago
    COngrats on only eating a portion of your food! I also just recently came to the realization that it is okay to leave some food on the plate at restaurants. I feel much better about myself when I do! I feel like I have accomplished something.
    2844 days ago
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