For the longest time I’ve hoped you all would see how easy it is to ALWAYS eat healthy. I figured if I could do it, everyone else could too. I now realize it was my shortcomings that have slowed you down, not mine. Therefore, I really needed to take a closer look at who my clients are. They are moms, dads, husbands, wives, friends, travelers, entertainers, “partiers”, Americans and, most of all, humans. Over the years I believe I have failed you in that regard. So, here is my attempt at a reconciliation.
You now have the opportunity to provide me with a list of your favorite restaurants (maximum 5 per household) (Craig, In-n-Out doesn’t count) and I will gladly go online, review their menu and provide you with the best choices for your next dining experience.
I would like to get that information out to you in my next installment (Body Designs 7 – not listed on blog site), so the sooner I get the responses the better for you.
In the meantime, these basic rules should be a no-brainer.
1. If bread is put on the table, have everyone who isn’t my client take a piece and then kindly as for it to be removed.
2. When ordering alcohol (vodka has the fewest calories), chocolate martinis are OFF LIMITS. But really, try to minimize your alcohol consumption by a glass or two from your usual.
3. For appetizers, choose fresh veggies (steamed or grilled, no oil / butter), salads with dressing on the side, or proteins like ahi tuna or shrimp cocktail.
4. When ordering an entree, choose white meat poultry (no skin, grilled or broiled), *leanest cuts of beef; in order they are: (eye of round, sirloin tip, top round, bottom round, top sirloin, flank, tri-tip, tenderloin and t-bone), *All of which have less fat per ounce than a chicken thigh! Or fish; in order they are: (Cod, Flounder, Sea bass, Whiting Halibut, Red snapper, Haddock, Shellfish [crab, crayfish, lobster, and shrimp], Monkfish, Perch, Tuna, Mullet and Mollusks [abalone, clams, mussels, oysters, scallops, and squid]).
5. Be careful of words like sauteed and stuffed.
6. Look for words like, steamed, broiled, baked, grilled, poached or roasted.
7. Drink water with lemon (it helps speed the digestive process). Anna, my wife, buys lemon juice and squeeze it into her glass of H20. This is easier than slicing lemons, tastes much better and is cheaper
than buying lemons and trying to use them before they go bad. Also, organic lemon juice is available in many stores nowadays too.
8. For large portions, order an extra side of healthy prepared veggies along with your entree and ask the waiter to only bring half of your main dish to the table and wrap up the other half before dinner is even served. That way you can avoid finishing your meal before everyone else and still not regret it.
9. Have fruit or share a dessert.
10. Remember having fun is about your company (hopefully) not your stomach!