Weekly Wisdom

Topic 12:


By now I hope you have been to a restaurant. If not, it’s time to take the challenge! We cannot live in a bubble of our perfectly prepared food for every meal. Times will arise that you have a meeting, family gathering, or catching up with friends at a restaurant, and we want you to enjoy yourself. The great news is, you CAN enjoy yourself at a restaurant while staying Stage 1 compliant! If you have not eaten out yet, we challenge you to do so this week!

How to eat at a restaurant:

Choose wisely.
Not just the meal, choose your restaurant wisely. Does the dessert cart tempt you at your favorite Italian place or the tortilla chips at your favorite Mexican joint? Let’s skip those options this time. If you aren’t choosing the location, ask the server to please not bring the chips to the table or wheel the dessert cart by you after the meal.

Do your homework.
If you know in advance where you will be dining, look up the menu online and have an idea of what you will order ahead of time. Drink lots of water throughout the meal and, of course, enjoy the company and the experience! Ordering: what can you order, and how should you order it? Choose a good lean protein; chicken or salmon work well. Make sure you say, “No cream or sauce, please.” This way, the salmon won’t come drenched in that delicious brown sugar spread!

If the group is ordering appetizers and you know you will struggle if you don’t have something, pick a salad as your appetizer. Ask for no cheese, no dressing, and no croutons. Use your travel pack of Walden Farms dressing, or choose the olive oil.

To make vegetable ordering simpler, blame it on allergies. Say, “I have some food allergies, so the veggies I can eat are mushrooms, peppers, broccoli, cauliflower, and asparagus. Do you have any of those available?” Then order them steamed and request “no butter.” They like to drizzle melted butter on them to make them taste better. Or better yet, tell them you are allergic to dairy!

Did you know?

Gaining weight has nothing to do with how fast weight was lost in the past. It has more to do with lifestyle, eating habits, bad food combinations, level of physical activity, and pancreatic function. Losing weight quickly does not mean you will gain weight quickly.

Recipe of the Week!

Spicy Cheese Burger Salad

8 oz lean ground beef
½ package ShiftSetGo Spicy Nacho Crisps
2 C lettuce
½ C Pico de Gallo
Taco seasoning (our recipe)
Walden Farms Honey Dijon dressing

1. Grill two taco-seasoned 4 oz burgers from the ground beef using Shift approved Taco Seasoning Recipe.
2. In a large bowl, layer lettuce, Spicy Nacho Crisps, and Pico de Gallo.
3. Crumble beef patties over the top of the salad.
4. Top with WF dressing.