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Handy Tips for The Business Lunch - Spark Style

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Many of us encounter the business lunch, dinner out or brunch-with-the-in-laws events in our lives. Only if we are lucky does the chosen restaurant establishment publish Sparky nutritional information. Often, even for the most dedicated of Sparky nutrition trackers, the caloric and nutritional data associated with the food on one’s plate is both unknown and unknowable. To make matters worse, ordering the cop-out on the menu (salad with the dressing on the side, only) is not always politic.

Not that I necessarily religiously follow this simple guidance myself, but when I do the following seems to work well:

Find the leanest entrée on the menu; eat half and leave half. Order vegetables not prepared in cheese, sauces and not fried. Avoid the chips, fries, cheesy sides and basically anything deep fried (yes, onion rings are a no- no). Just say no. Do not order foods in heavy sauces. Those sauces tend to be laden with those devilish calorie-gnomes. Skip the bread basket. By all means, skip the butter. Drink water, unsweetened iced tea or coffee.

Finally, do not fret over the impression made on other more hearty eaters at your table. The odds are for everyone who "tsks" over your bird-like approach, two will be envious of your will power.

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    Low carb rules again! You just order real food that doesn't spike your blood sugar. The less processing the better. My last business lunch was at Ditka's in Pittsburgh:


    (Not my photo, and it doesn't do the chop justice!)

    The chop plus the side salad were so filling that I didn't even bother with more than a bite of the sweet potatos and the apples. (They're just filler anyway.) Had several decafs with half and half. Was full until dinnertime, never got sleepy mid-afternoon from a blood sugar drop, and lost about a half a pound for the week.

    Butter rules!

    1798 days ago
    Thank you for the good advice we all know that we need to just say no to some foods sounds easy but oh so hard to do. thanks for reminding us. i know I have told my self its just one meal ... seeing the pictures will make it easier to eat half and save half for latter when possible. another Idea share a meal. get the sliders and share is something I have done with a friend .
    1801 days ago
    I need to remember this every day - my lunch today was not in this plan!
    1801 days ago
  • ASTRA58
    Very timely reminder!
    1802 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Right-o Fido Boss! I always try to eat the protein, leaving the carb and free calories stuff if I am full.(salad,few veggies, garnishes, table decor, gum left under table,etc.)

    Seriously, I agree. My one concession is a baked potato. I could make just that a meal... OR a chefs salad.One time I was at a restaurant(on vacation) that subbed little broccoli flowerettes for the cheese on my chef salad!! Yum!
    1802 days ago
  • BOSS61
    On the doggie bag issue, sometimes that's antithetical to the business environment of lunch. If out with family or friends its one thing. A business lunch is something else.
    1802 days ago
    Great rules to always remember! We easily forget them! I however take the other half home usually for lunch or dinner! thanks boss!
    1802 days ago
    Great advice! Thanks for sharing! emoticon
    1802 days ago
    All good workable advice. Only I take the other half home.
    1802 days ago
  • MARYANN2323
    Good advice!
    1802 days ago
    Great sparky advice for any meal eaten out!
    1802 days ago
    Great advice. I don't eat out too often.
    1802 days ago
    nice pics thanks for sharing
    1802 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    I have a lunch date tomorrow, so your blog is a very timely reminder!
    1802 days ago
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