I do love me some video gaming. Along with the throw-back nostalgia of less complicated times, gaming is one of my go-to non food related boredom busting activities. One of my favorites Atari games (Yes, I’m that old) was Pitfall, your 16 bit Indiana Jones like character jumped over traps of 16 bit alligators, 16 bit spiders, and 16 bit mummies. Fall into any of these pitfalls and you were done.
Creating a healthy lifestyle has a lot of pitfalls, one of the more significant areas that many of my clients really struggle in are restaurants. Now, having worked in the restaurant biz both as a cook and a waiter I am here to tell you they don’t make it easy. A good rule of thumb for many places, the cheaper the food the higher the calories and the lower in nutritional value.
Think about it, when you go to higher end restaurants more time is given to the food, spices and preparation techniques are utilized to bring out the flavor. Now, take a place like The Cheesecake Factory or Chili’s, food at these places tend to be a lot more processed. Chain restaurants take short cuts to the pleasure centers of our brains by using more fat, salt, and sugar for flavor.
Now, the last thing I want to do is take away a fun family outing to Outback Steakhouse every Friday night but to navigate the pitfalls of this occasion you do have to plan. Do yourself a favor and just look up the menu at the restaurant before you go and see what items make sense for what you are trying to accomplish. If you find yourself heading out for an inpromptu meal with friends make sure you have an app that you can utilize on your phone (I recommend loseit and myfitnesspal).
If you are trying to lose weight and live a healthy lifestyle you have to be completely honest about what you are consuming. Don’t make excuses, this is about lifestyle change, you can’t keep giving yourself permission to cheat a little here and a little there. A commitment to your health means making the choices in favor of your health.