Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tips for dining at restaurants

Hello all! One of my clients was asking me what she should order because she has plans for lunch with work and dinner with her boyfriend in the next two days. So that inspired me to do a blog post about some tips that I have picked up over the last 2.5 years that will become habits and you won't even have to think twice once you start practicing them.

  • order grilled chicken rather than crispy/coated. This will save you a lot of calories and probably indigestion
  • ask for dressing on the side when ordering a salad
  • beware of salads! A lot of them have just as many calories as the burger and fries with all the toppings and dressing. You can ask for dishes without some of the ingredients
  • enjoy things in moderation, order the cheese burger but get a salad as your side instead of the french fries
  • order your burger without the bun if you want to save even more calories or if you have the will power order with the bun but don't eat the top bun
  • look up the menu items on the restaurant's website before going - plan ahead so you don't have to look at all the delicious things on the menu and get tempted to order the double bacon cheese burger with a poutine (unless that's your planned cheat meal)
  • use a calorie tracker app to look up the menu items so you know just how many calories you're consuming. Most places have huge servings that have your daily intake of calories in one dish. My Fitness Pal has a HUGE food database and has almost every restaurant chain. If you're at a local place you can still look up the dish name and you'll find something similar
  • if you want to splurge on dessert have a healthy salad with chicken, salmon, or shrimp
  • most places are accommodating so if you want something that isn't on the menu you can ask your server
  • avoid the extra calories from sugary drinks - stick to water, coffee, or tea. (I do enjoy a virgin mojito with half the sugar from time to time)
  • when in doubt order a lean protein, with steamed veggies, and some sort of carb (potato, rice, etc)
Some of my favorite places to go that have healthy or healthier options are:
  • Moxie's
  • Boston Pizza
  • Applebee's (the picture at the top is from Applebee's)
  • Stella's (or any brunch or breakfast place)
  • Joey
  • State and Main
  • Subway
I hope this helps you make some healthy decisions and let me know if there are any guidelines you use when you go out to eat that I may have missed! 

-- Kelsey

Sunday, February 22, 2015

My sick and lazy weekend

This picture and Netflix sums up my weekend. I woke up on Friday morning feeling congested and phlegmy and by Friday evening I felt even worse with body aches and chills. I slept for 8 hours Friday night, woke up on Saturday at 7:30AM, had breakfast, and literally laid on the couch ALL day and watched Vampire Diaries for over 12 hours. I can't say I'm proud of my laziness but when you're sick you need to listen to your body and mine was telling me to rest.

I thought about doing a light workout but my couch was too comfy and my body was hurting. I'm not sure what kind of flu this is but it knocked me on my ass. I'm feeling quite a bit better today but I still have the sweats and chills. I had a pretty bad headache this morning but a cup of Neocitran and some acetaminophen throughout the day has helped, along with a half hour nap and an hour of 'resting'. For those of you that know me you know that I am rarely able to actually sleep when I nap. My version of a nap is resting my eyes with the TV off.

Today was another super lazy day but I did make it out of the apartment for an early dinner with the family. I also picked up some wine on the way home with my aunt after dinner so I promptly changed back into comfy clothes and curled up with a glass of wine and turned on The Mindy Project on Netflix and my boys are curled up by feet in their usual place :)

I'm hoping I feel well enough to workout tomorrow because even though I was dragging my ass last week I am definitely missing working out and I am excited to start a new program this week.

Alright, back to Mindy Project and maybe another small glass of wine! I hope you all had a great weekend.

-- Kelsey