The Devil Eats Out

Are restaurants really as bad as we think they are?? Is grabbing lunch or dinner out *really* such an evil deed??

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!)

It had:

• Grilled Shrimp

• Rice

• Refried Beans

• Lettuce

• Tomato

• Hot Salsa

• Jalapenos

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.


  1. I think people can eat out any where. It's about making healthy choices and making the menu work for you! You lunch does sound delish, I typically get something similar from Moe's. I can't eat seafood so swap the shrimp for chicken.

    BTW -- I am a new reader and can't wait to read more!

  2. Couldn't agree more. We have to learn to make this plan work for life. It's not realistic to think I'll never eat out (fast food or otherwise) again in my life. I have to learn to handle it so I can do it for the rest of my life.

  3. Good post! I think the key is checking out the menu beforehand and pretracking.

  4. I agree completely. This is how we live a balanced lifestyle, it's the only true sustainable way to live. :)

  5. haha i love your comment about the post title.
    and i agree with you..we need to be able to be healthy and make healthy choices no matter what our surroundings/options are.

  6. Great post! I"m sure I had more than that at Sweet Tomato's today ( salad bar)
    What makes me giggle is you taking out your camera at the restaraunt to get a picture for us all to see! :)

  7. Suzi you are so right!! I love it! I hardly EVER eat at Subway. Number one because I hate that place. I don't think they are "Eat Fresh" at all. And number two, because there are so many OTHER awesome places to eat at.


    And are you calling yourself the devil?

  8. Lies! Eating out is EEEVIL. Ok just kidding. Its true, you can do it, but you gotta be hardcore. Stick to your diet even if it means salad when everyone else is getting ribs.

    My fave place to eat out and still stay healthy: Jimmy Johns- a turkey unwich with no mayo is only 88 calories. No that is not a typo. Have three! But one will do it for a while...

  9. You are totally right - and this is where I get lazy and just give in to temptation and have the Sticky Toffee Pudding for dessert... and then I cut eating out altogether and am miserable and feel deprived.

    It's a balance, and like with anything where you're trying to lose weight, you need to do your research and preparation beforehand.

  10. Love this post!!!! And your lunch looks fantastic! Have a great week.

  11. ...well...not necessarily because of the choices, but I am really making an effort not to eat out after seeing too many episodes of Restaurant Nightmares!


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