I have to begin this post with a huge shout out to my incredible mother on mother’s day! I’m so blessed to have such a close-knit family that shares so much love for one another. My mom is always there for me and she dusts me off when life has knocked me down and is my support system when I’m doing well! Thanks for everything Mom!!
We grabbed some Amy’s ice cream as a snack today and the amount of young families waiting in line was crazy! If you want to see what pure joy looks like, visit an ice cream shop full of toddlers. Seriously.
As we were walking past restaurant after restaurant I realized how many great places there are to eat in Austin! I can see why people gain weight when they come to cities like this, but there are some steps you can take to ensure that eating out often doesn’t add inches to your waistline!
1. Have them deliver a to-go box the same time they serve your meal.
The portions at most restaurants are crazy big, and it is so easy to keep picking at your plate even when you’re full. If you immediately put half your meal into the box for later, you can enjoy what’s on your plate and not be tempted to overindulge!
2. Avoid anything ‘crispy’.
Crispy= fried, and deep-fat frying adds a boatload of fat and calories to any food. Choose the grilled option instead.
3. If you order a salad, ask for the dressing on the side.
Dressing is delicious, but it’s very high in fat and calories. A little is delicious and good for you, but restaurants tend to drench their salads and the calorie count shoots up into the 700-1000 range. If you dress your own salad, you can use a tablespoon or two and not turn a healthy meal into an indulgence!
4. Ask for light cheese.
This is along the same lines as the salad dressing thing. Cheese is awesome, but it’s more of a flavoring than a main course and restaurants tend to pile it on. Half the amount is usually plenty and it’ll save you a ton of calories.
5. Take it easy on the bread basket
This one is the hardest one for me. I LOVE bread. I crave bread more than I do sweet things, and when somebody sets a bowl of fresh, hot, buttery rolls in front of me I always want to dive right in. But filling up on rolls and then eating a meal is just way too much food. I sip water and tear my roll into pieces, eating it slowly. Or if you’re really tempted, just ask them to take it away!
There are so many amazing restaurants to try! Get out there and enjoy them and maintain your healthy lifestyle as well, it’s totally possible. 😀
Food and Exercise
Breakfast: French toast. Lunch: Noosa Yogurt. Snack: Amy’s ice cream. Dinner: tuna sandwich and broccli.
I’m taking a week off from working out, so if you’re wondering why I haven’t been posting my workouts that’s why!