Cut The Crap-Eating Out Tips

Happy Tuesday Divas! How are your “Cut the Crap” efforts coming?  Weekends are hard but sometimes Mondays are even harder in terms of staying on track.

 I JUST posted about planning ahead and alas….I did NOT plan ahead yesterday.  I got home a lot later than usual yesterday because I had a CPR class.  I FORGOT to take out our lean ground beef. Soooo,  I tried my Mother’s method of putting the frozen meat container in cold water for 30 minutes.  NOTHING, still frozen solid.

My children are chanting about how hungry they are and my husband says….”Let’s just go and pick up something”.  Just before the horror music started to play in my head, my oldest daughter asked if she could pick the restaurant since she made an “A” on her math test.

She studied really hard so we let her choose.  MISTAKE! She chose a local diner/dive that sells breakfast 24 hours a day.  This is not my favorite place to eat normally but now that I am “Cutting the Crap” it is soooo NOT on the list.

So we get to the restaurant and slide into the booths.  It takes me at least ten minutes to read the entire menu then decide what I was going to order.  I ended up ordering some ol dry chicken, asparagus and water.   

 
Let’s just say I left that meal unfulfilled.  However, I DID laugh and talk with my family which is priceless! 

So Divas, learn from my mistake!  Follow these tips when eating out and ENJOY your food:

1.  Research the restaurant BEFORE you go.  (Here we are right back at planning–smh!)  Most restaurants have their menu online.  Most large chains also have the nutritional information and ingredients online as well. (Local dives like where we went…not so much.)

2.  Eat something at home before getting to the restaurant.  This will make passing on the appetizers and bread easier because you won’t be famished.

3.  Drink water.  Free refills are an  easy way to large amounts  of sugar or chemically altered products that are turned into sugar.  For a little flavor, add lemon or lime to your water.  If all else fails remember, drinking water saves you almost $3.00 per meal!

Do you have any tips for eating out while following a healthy meal plan?

Cut the Crap Plan Ahead

Hello Divas!  How did the C-R-A-P cutting go this weekend?

CRAP stands for…Caffeine, Refined Sugar, Alcohol and Processed Foods.  Want to know more about our challenge?  Go HERE.

 Ok so, what IS on the menu?

 Things prepared by human hands NOT a machine!…Whole grains!…..Fruits!…….Veggies!….Lean cuts of meat!

Your challenge this week is to PLAN what you are going to eat before you get hungry. GO TO THE STORE and buy veggies, lean meats, and fruits!  Eating whole foods is not that hard when things are ready when you are ready to eat.  Things get tricky when you are hungry and all the healthy stuff is uncooked, frozen, or simply unavailable.

 Some of you asked me if you would receive a meal plan telling you what to eat.  The answer to that is a resounding NO! We are taking this challenge to get more healthy– not to commit to a fad diet.  You know what you like and what you will realistically eat more than anyone else.  So YOU have to make your food choices.

 Remember, you don’t plan to fail–you FAIL TO PLAN!

I found an excellent article on how to make any recipe “clean” or without the CRAP!  Go here.

 I know some of you may feel like there is NO WAY you can be successful with this whole cutting the CRAP thing.  But I would like to ask you to consider a term I learned from Lysa TerKeurst, Imperfect Progress:  slow steps of change wrapped in grace.  One day at a time Divas!

When you feel challenged remember when we are weak, HE is strong!

“But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)