Well, this week I am down .6 pounds which isn’t great, but I know I’m still building muscles (and I actually read an interesting article about exercise and water weight which made me wonder if I’m gaining water weight?).
I know that I’m heading in the right direction and that things will take time. In the interim, I need to develop healthier eating habits and, last week, I had a chance to try eating out for the first time! While I am strict with my eating, it is important to develop habits that last in the long-term (which is where I fell down badly the last time I lost weight as it just wasn’t sustainable!).
I went for breakfast with a friend (it was actually lunch-time – bless restaurants that have “all day breakfast”!). The day before we went out, I thought about what type of food choices I wanted to make. I never do well when faced with a surprise and, given that I knew the menu at this restaurant, seemed to make sense to plan in advance.
So what did I choose? (I knew I should have taken a picture of my food!).
I chose 2 poached eggs, 1 slice of rye toast with butter (I could have asked for butter on the side but I was living dangerously – and I am being sarcastic!) and 2 pieces of bacon.
It was heavenly! And, I realized I was able to eat out without guilt and enjoy my food! It also allowed me to stop thinking about food and just enjoy the time with my friend!
One thing that may surprise some of you is my choice to have bacon. I can almost hear you thinking, “But isn’t bacon FAT?”. Yes, you are correct. That being said, I asked for my bacon to be extra-crispy and I patted off the excess fat. Crispy bacon does have less calories because a lot of the fat is removed in the cooking process. So, when you want to feel indulgent, try a little (notice I say little!) bacon!
When eating out, what are the best choices for brunch-type foods?
Well, here is how a number of common items stack up.
Options I choose:
Eggs – 75 calories each (uncooked – remember that some preparations may be made with butter!)
Bacon – 46 calories each
Toast – approximately 100 calories per slice (unbuttered)
Fresh Fruit Cup – approximately 70 calories per 5 ounces (be sure to ask whether or not there is added sugar – it can make a huge difference in the calories!)
Items I Avoid When Eating Brunch:
Syrup – 200 per 1/4 cup
Peanut Butter – 80 calories per tablespoon
Sausage Patties – 120 calories each
Eggs Benedict – 715 calories per serving (it’s that darn Hollandaise Sauce!)
Home Fries – approximately 394 calories per 5 ounces
Small Breakfast Sausages – varies greatly (which is why I avoid them)
Jam – varies (occasionally I will ask for no butter on my toast and have jam instead)
Want to make a take-out style breakfast sandwich at home with a fraction of the calories? If so, check out my Healthy Breakfast Sandwich Recipe!
So you can eat out – the key is just choosing which items are the healthiest choices. Personally, I could eat breakfast for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner and be completely happy!
(PS The cauliflower results will be next week. The cauliflower suffered an “unfortunate incident” so I’ve had to postpone this experiment!)