How Kitchen Nightmares has Changed Eating Out

Kitchen Nightmares is one of my favorite TV shows. I think I have a secret crush on Gordon Ramsey because I watch almost every show he is on.

Kitchen Nightmares is so appealing because it lets you go behind the scenes of failing restaurants and sends you on a journey as Gordon Ramsey steps in to solve their problems. Usually there are management issues, over ordering of food, menu issues, and sometimes it is just plain dirty!

Broadcasting this “never seen before” view of a restaurant has changed how people eat out. Let me tell you how Kitchen Nightmares has changed how I visit a restaurant. read more

How to keep Growing in Life

How to keep growing in life

How to keep growing and to have life among the growing.

Life Among the Growing…. What does that actually mean to me?

This phrase really speaks to me deeply in several ways.

First, I think about how I want to be continually growing into a better person with each day and opportunity I get. If you aren’t moving forward, you are moving backwards. If you aren’t growing, you are dying. 

This is in my personal life as a wife and mom. In my spiritual life, I want to continually study and grow in God’s words. read more

How to Eat Out on a Diet

Healthy lifestyles are easy to follow when you are at home. You are in control of all the ingredients when you are cooking. You know exactly how many teaspoons of butter you put on your sweet potato. But we live in a real world where we need to know how to eat healthy even when we are not at home.

 

The good news is that it can be easier than you think!

 

 

Here are my tips to help you make the good choices when eating out:

 

1) Stick to meats that are Low Carb

Restaurants will add lots of fat to their meals to make the seem more tasty. Most restaurants have plain meat options like steak, chicken, or salmon. Start your plan by picking one of these low carb main dishes. Filling up on protein will help you stay full longer too!

 

2) Pick Low Carb Sides

Most Restaurants will have some lower carb side options like a salad or vegetables. For your salad, you can ask for a vinaigrette dressing on the side or even bring your favorite low carb dressing from home! Don’t worry about the cheese, just ask for  no croutons.  For vegetables, choose from broccoli, green beans, summer squash and all the other wonderful lower carb vegetables. I enjoy sweet potatoes (they are higher in carbs than green beans, but lower than a regular potato)

 

3) Skip the Bread Basket

Make sure you let your waiter know that you won’t be needed the white flour bread on your table (or tortilla chips). These temptations are best to avoid. You can enjoy low glycemic options like sourdough and rye breads in moderation, but most restaurants won’t always have those breads to offer. If you are tempted by bread baskets and have trouble resisting, choose a restaurant that doesn’t offer a bread basket.

 

4) Plan Ahead

If you already know you eating out, go to the restaurants website and look at their menu. You can plan ahead and not get frustrated by time pressure from your waiter or other guest. This will help you choose the best meal and make the evening more enjoyable.

 

5) Give yourself Grace

If you are unable to find a menu item that isn’t on plan, give yourself grace and just pick the best option.

 

Some meal options:

Steakhouse: Steak or chicken, side salad, and vegetables

Mexican: Fajitas, no rice or beans, bring your own low carb tortillas as an option. Enjoy the sour cream and guacamole

Italian: Main dishes with no pasta (they are available!) with low carb vegetables and salads. At Olive Garden, you can ask to sub the pasta for extra broccoli.

Diner: Scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon, Omelets

Even Panera Bread has some low carb option now on their “Hidden Menu”

 

We also love eating at Ruby Tuesdays that offers a huge salad bar with their menu items. They also serve some unique low carb sides like spaghetti squash. We like to add Parmesan cheese from the salad bar and extra butter and salt.

 

Don’t think that you are stuck eating at home eating low carb! There are lots of options to help you lose weight and enjoy the pleasure of eating out.

What are your eating out tips while trying to eat low carb?  Leave me a comment!