If you’re like me, you do a lot of “business” lunches every week. Or, you might be like my dad who travels all week every week, and thus has business lunch and dinner, and sometimes even breakfast! The downside to all these fun outings…is the whole eating out ALL the time part.
I always hear people complain about being too busy to be healthy, and saying that it’s too hard on their schedule. BULLSHIT (excuse my language). Trust me, I know busy (Please click the link for tips on staying healthy on a busy schedule: http://www.lovejustine.com/4/post/2012/02/hassle-my-ass.html). So, how do I keep from over consuming calories and fatty restaurant foods without having a boring salad at every lunch? Well, one thing I do is have a non-boring salad, but here are three tips and general rules I follow:
1) How to choose your food:
a. If I really want a salad, or if I’ve been bad over the weekend and NEED me some greens, I go for the one that is most appealing to me—usually with a variety of fresh (hopefully) ingredients, and some kind of protein (no cheap meat!)—and stick to a vinaigrette of some kind. I’m still careful with vinaigrettes, because some places use cheap ones packed with sugar and who knows what else. You just have to know where you are and know what to expect. You can’t always win them all. Try to stick to grilled meats, instead of breaded (too fatty) or blackened (too salty). If you want to be extra good, ask for the dressing on the side and instead of drenching your salad in dressing, stick your fork in the dress before sticking it in your salad.
b. If I’ve been sticking to my normal routine of eating clean, working out, and staying within my daily calorie range, then I let myself enjoy something I don’t normally have. I rarely buy bread to keep at home, so I sometimes enjoy a good sandwich or burger. And while giving myself freedom, I just remember to pay attention to ingredients.
2) Keep track of your calories: No matter what, I always log what I eat into My Fitness Pal, that way I don’t over consume by eating a restaurant serving that may be equal to 4 regular servings. I don’t do this at the table, because that’s just rude…and possibly weird. But, after making this part of my routine for so long, I can kind of figure what I’m consuming.
3) Keep it light throughout the rest of the day: I always have my shake in the morning and eat lightly and cleanly throughout the rest of the day. If you’re not a shake person, have a light breakfast with fruits and an egg, or a ½ cup of cottage cheese. Just make sure you have some kind of lean protein to keep you satisfied longer, so that you’re not starving come lunchtime. Being super hungry come lunchtime leads to a tendency of over consuming, and over consuming things that are criminal to your hips.
It’s not impossible to do business on the slim side, and it’s not impossible to do so without being boring. The thing is making regular exercise and eating clean a part of your normal routine, means that you can indulge a little without feeling guilty—as long as you know when indulging becomes overindulging. Additionally, if regular exercise and eating clean are part of your normal routine, then you’ll know what foods your body will hate you for consuming.
If you feel that one week you’ve overindulged a bit, then know how to get yourself back on track the next week. For example, up your cardio and eat clean.
It’s all in your head, really. A can do attitude means you can and will do it…so long as you want it!
BIG LOVE & BIG HUGS!