Dining out can seem like a nightmare when you are trying to be good. Here are a couple of tips that might help:
- Don’t be afraid to ask your server for low carb options. I frequently order “pulled chicken soft tacos” on lettuce wraps instead of tortillas. They may be a lot harder to pick up, but that flavor is wonderful! I even ordered a quesadilla on a slow night, with no tortilla! It came out of the kitchen as a delicious, ooey-gooey mess in an oversized salad bowl. They mixed everything together and tossed it into the oven to get it bubbling hot. Best dinner ever.
- Order your sandwich without the bread! You occasionally end up betting a bigger portion of the filling this way. A lot of restaurants gauge the amount of filling by the size of the bread, but when you skip the bread, sometimes you get lucky! Even something as bread-dependent as a French Dip can be prepared without a bun. Obviously, it is harder to “Dip”, but the steak alone is what I crave!
- Get a side salad instead of fries or chips. I do miss the salty crunch of a good bag of chips, but salad will suffice. My all time favorite salad dressing is a Apple Vinaigrette, but I had to push away from it. Watch out for hidden sugars in your dressings. I now reach for a Parmesan Peppercorn, Ranch, or Balsamic Vinaigrette.
- Double up on the veggie instead of getting the mashed potatoes. Opt for green beans instead of carrots. Make sure that none of the veggies are “candied” – I learned that one the hard way!
- If all else fails, order a burger with no bun. Hold the ketchup – it has more carbs than you think. Add mayo if the burger is too dry and you need some sauce. Add extra cheese, or bacon, or avocado, or onion if you’re a fan. “Diet” burgers don’t have to be boring!
Being successful in this diet is all about making small changes. In time, those small changes will become habit, and will become a big part of your success! Best of luck to you!