To eat fast food or to go to a sit-down restaurant? That is the question (Shakespearean tone of course).
I personally don’t think either are good for you in a broad viewpoint, but if I had to choose, you might as well go to a sit-down restaurant and make an event of it.
To clarify a tad bit, when I say “fast food,” I am referring to places like McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Taco Bell, etc.
When I say “sit-down restaurant,” I am talking about Applebee’s, T.G.I. Friday’s, IHOP, Houlihan’s, etc.
The hype has always been about staying away from fast food restaurants, especially with the movie Super Size Me that came out in 2004.
As Ashley Staker says in a Medifast Health article, “Restaurant dining may actually do more damage to your waistline and wallet.”
The main part of the article I want to save as advice for me and possibly advice that may help you are the helpful strategies for dining out in general. Staker writes:
- Watch portion sizes.
- Order condiments on the side.
- Make sensible choices.
- Ask for substitutes.
I have always heard that restaurants will give you double portions. Although that’s a bang for your buck, it could also lead to a bust for your belt.
As far as the condiments go, I especially recommend putting salad dressing on the side. Although you may think “the more the merrier” when it comes to honey mustard, blue cheese or ranch dressing, please think again. Salad dressing in excess may be the main cause of that amazing taste on your tongue, but may lead to that regretful feeling after. At least for me that’s the case, but I have now been trying to always put my dressing on the side. I get that same amazing taste on my tongue, but less of a regretful feeling after.
Knowing the sensible choices is the easy part. Making a conscious effort to chose those choices is the hard part, but you can do it.
Lastly, substitute that yummy piece of bread or creamy mashed potatoes that come with your order for vegetables like savory broccoli or asparagus.
These little changes make a big difference. I am not the “knower” of all healthy food and healthy choices by any means, but writing this blog holds me accountable for the food choices I make. I am all about accountability. Let me know if you want me to help motivate you. We can help each other.