Obviously it is best to eat out as little as possible. I prefer to cook at home because I can control my food, how its cooked, how it’s seasoned, etc (and plus…I love to cook!) BUT the world operates differently and that’s life – you have to live.
I’ve become accustomed (and actually really enjoy) researching the menu online before I go. Here’s what I do:
- I find the perfect selection for my desired nutrition and think about how delicious it is going to be.
- When I get to the restaurant, I do not even open the menu so that my plans are not thwarted! It’s easy to say “I know exactly what I want” with exuberance and people won’t question you.
- I get myself excited about the food ahead of time and determine in my head that I will not eat the bread that is brought to the table. Mentally preparing myself makes the meal SO enjoyable and not like a prison.
If I can’t look at the menu ahead of time:
- I avoid ALL PICTURES and
- I avoid reading the adjectives and mouth-watering descriptions intentionally designed to activate ravaging. I am so visual – when I read a description I can visualize the food and sauce and I will either be absolutely sabotaged OR completely dissatisfied with my healthy choice.
Anyone have any other tricks I can incorporate?
I have a lot of weddings and traveling coming up that will not always give me opportunity to research the menu ahead – I need to come up with some ideas for a game plan!