I tweeted today about how my mother invited me and another female co-worker out to lunch at a place called Salsarita’s. This is a “Mexican cantina” and is very similar to a MOE’s. Since my car is broken she had to drive us home for lunch anyways and the only thing I have there is yet ANOTHER salad waiting for me. The thought of eating something different excited my mind, mouth and tummy very much!
When I said that I accepted the invitation, a few people said “No! Don’t go!” and I couldn’t figure out why. I was planning on looking up my points before I went, and I have eaten there while following Weight Watchers. At the same time, I kid you not, 3 other people on Twitter mentioned forgetting their lunch and how they “have to go to Subway for lunch now…again…ugh”. Why does it seem that Subway is the only place people think they can eat if they want something healthy??
I started thinking that is more of a mental relation to a place than it is about whether or not a particular restaurant is actually healthy for you (or have healthy options for you at least). For me, Salsarita’s USED to mean big, cheesy quesadillas with a side of nacho chips and queso dip. Mmmmm Mmmmm Mmmmmmm.
But I don’t eat like that anymore….well, not most of the time anyways ;). I had to learn the menu and the options that are available to me. I had to learn how to make this place work for me if I wanted to keep going there. I don’t go there often, but it’s nice to have a place I can go to where I know I can make it work with my program.
It’s kind of like using the awesome ‘Reframing’ tool that Weight Watchers teaches you. I had to no longer associate Salsarita’s with big greasy taco’s covered in cheese and sour cream and queso dip. Instead I think of it as the place I can go to get a banging grilled shrimp burrito with beans and veggies….all for 9 Points+! (And for the record…my burrito was only a point or two higher than most of the Subway 6 grams of fat or less options and in some cases, a point or two LESS. But please don’t get me wrong, I do love me some Subway!)
• Grilled Shrimp
• Refried Beans
• Hot Salsa
Doesn’t it look yummy….
You don’t have to be scared to eat out at restaurants, you just have to do your homework about the place a little. I have a “safe” meal for many restaurants, and as much as I hate to admit it, I have “safe” meals for fast food places as well. But this allows to me to enjoy the things I like and have many different options so I don’t get stuck in a rut or bored, or even upset that I can’t join fellow co-workers for lunch…because I can!
Now of course, this doesn’t mean stop making home cooked meals & start eating processed garbage! I’m just trying to point out that you can in fact have a meal out and not be “sabotaging” or “ruining” your day.
P.S. This blog post title makes me giggle so darn much. hee hee hee.