Jon and I spend far too many meals in restaurants. We love them. We love food, we love not having to cook or clean, and we love being out and about.
But dining out is a whole new ballgame now. Lunches have been easy, fortunately–I’ve had delicious salads from one of my favorite lunch places, Egg’lectic Cafe in Rolling Meadows. I modified their hot chicken and pasta salad to remove the pasta, add extra broccoli in its place, eliminate the parmesan cheese, and substitute fat free sesame dressing for caesar. It is warm and filling and absolutely delicious.
Dinners, on the other hand, are quite a challenge. Since I typically have a salad for lunch, I want something different at night. For example, I’d love to go get a steak for Valentine’s Day this weekend. But it’s so difficult to know how it’s been prepared and how much hidden fat and salt are present due to things like cooking it in butter. It makes eating out quite a pain, and I guess that’s a good thing.
Given how often we used to eat out, and how often we’d order pizza or fattening drive-through items, it seems like this drastic eating change should be making the weight fly off. Sadly it’s not. I lost 2 pounds today, for a total of 8 down (8.8 if decimals are allowed!)
I am trying to remember that slow and steady wins the race. But all I can think of at the moment is that for the amount of pain I’m in, these pounds should be melting off! A double workout yesterday and bootcamp this morning have knocked me flat.
One thing I’m proud of: my gym is right next door to our favorite pizza place–oh, cruel world!–and I’ve walked right by every time.
So, have you found any super tasty, but super healthy, restaurant meals that you’d recommend? Are there restaurants that have especially good low-fat/low-sodium options? I’d love to hear about them!
Photo source: LouMalnatis.com (Yum!)