Saturday, January 9, 2016

Eating Out

Aussie Cheese Fries

Back in college I worked at Outback. I used to be obsessed with the Aussie Cheese Fries. I would always feel physically ill about 30 minutes after eating them. So much so I haven't visited an Outback in about 10 years. I gave that place up way beforing cleaning up my diet. I can't find anywhere the ingredients of what's in the fries, but it can't be good!

Outback is so NOT a healthy choice when eating out. I'm not saying you can't go there and get a healthy meal, but you will have to ask for a lot of things to be removed and ask a lot of questions. Many people aren't willing to do that. And, let's face won't be eating Aussie Cheese Fries, Bloomin' Onion or 3 loaves of bread....that is unless you plan to split it 8 ways.

Outback has even reduced the fat since they first came out. Can you imagine it being even worse???

One of the best things you can do for your health is to give up eating out at chain restaurants (that goes for Fast Food too!) on a regular basis. It's a sure fire way for you to gain weight and feel the bloat. If you have any diseases, the sodium is off the charges and it's causing loads and loads of inflammation. None of us want or need added inflammation-it's painful!

A few others I won't bother going to and wasting money on are: Applebee's, Chli's, and Ruby Tuesday's. Many of these chain restaurants just reheat frozen food. If you want that, just go to the grocery store and make it yourself and save money AND read the ingredients. Most have their food in the grocery store because it's that easy to produce for the masses!

When I eat out I usually order what I want and don't stress over getting something "light". That's because I don't eat out that often normally. With that being said, after moving South I tried many local places and ate way more than I normally would out. Hello fried foods! Of course, my body can't lie about that ! I am more bloated, I am probably heavier, and I know my waist is bigger. But, I am not fretting! I know it will all go back to where it was 6-12 months ago because I stay the course. This is a LIFESTYLE for me. I only eat healthy whole foods at home. Listen to your body! It doesn't lie. If you are in pain, make changes. If you are feeling bloated, make changes. If you are feeling fatique, make changes. If you need to lose weight, make changes.

You are in control of YOUR life. Only you can decide where to drive your car to dine. Plan ahead. Make your own cheese fries at home with potoates, high quality cheese and local bacon. You can then control the salt and fat! I find it interesting Sodium isn't listed on Outback's chart. I bet it's off the charts! You should also eat foods rich in natural fiber, almost zero in the fries (yes, I know it's junk food but just noting it)

I don't count calories (I have in the past and it never worked long term). I will never count calories again. Period.

Well, let's just say it and get it overwith....Outback Aussie Cheesefries has 121.85 grams of FAT! Holy SMOKES! That is beyond terrible for you. And nearly 55g of Saturated Fat.

Can you really eat them now after knowing that? If the answer is yes, it's time to dig deep as to why you are willing to eat them. Figure out why you choose to overeat on a regular basis and damage you body. You are worth more than that. If this is your "hobby" (eating out), find a new one. Walk with a friend. Volunteer your time somewhere to stay active.


What's my daily limit for foods with saturated fats?

The American Heart Association recommends aiming for a dietary pattern that achieves 5% to 6% of calories from saturated fat. That means, for example, if you need about 2,000 calories a day, no more than 120 of them should come from saturated fats. That’s about 13 grams of saturated fats a day.

TIP: Find LOCALLY owned and operated restaurants. They stand behind their food and it's usually their passion to present a beautiful delicious plate to you. Many source local ingredients as well. Ask questions, I can't stress this enough. Ask what is made from scratch at the restaurant. Most times they will be delighted to brag about what is made fresh daily. Order those items over others. It's your money. It's your body. ASK!