Apr 24, 2010

Surviving your SFLC Lifestyle While Dining Out!



Dining out can still be enjoyable on the SFLC plan! With a little preparation, you can enjoy many many of the things you did before the SFLC plan!



CHIPS AND SALSA/CHEESE DIP
If you think because you are SFLC that you'll never be able to get chips and salsa or cheese dip from a restraunt again, YOU'RE WRONG!

SUPER EASY HOMEMADE TORTILLA CHIPS

WHAT YOU NEED
low carb tortillas(get the new Low Carb Flour Tortillas!)
A bit of oil (olive oil works best)

Take your low carb torilla and cut it into chip size triangles. I use a pizza cutter and they come out perfectly! Then, lightly coat each tortilla triangle with oil. Arrange on cookie sheet and bake at 375 until lightly browned and totally crispy!

These are hearty chips and can withstand chunky salsa and thick cheese dip! They keep in baggies for a week and sometimes longer. When you know your going to a restaraunt, grab a bag and take along!This may sound silly to do, but once you've done this you'll appreciate taking this extra step so you can survive the restraunt without caving in...and who wants to be left out of chips and salsa time? NOT ME!

BRING LOW CARB TORTILLAS WITH YOU!
Go ahead and order that wrap you love! Just remove the tortilla it came with and replace it with your own.

Love fajitas? Sure you can eat the fajitas without the tortillas but you DON'T HAVE to! Bring a few low carb toritillas and enjoy fajitas the way they were meant to be!

BRING YOUR OWN DRESSINGS!
Avoid sugary, carb ridden dressings on salads and wraps by packing a small container of your own SF&LC dressing. Ask for your order with no dressing and then dress it up with your own!


AVOID
BBQ Sauces and sweet oriental dressings.

If you enjoy a ceasar salad, the dressing is fine but ask for it without croutons. If they aren't there, you aren't going to cheat right!?


SUBSTITUTIONS
This should go without saying, but don't forget to replace fries, baked potatoes, or breaded veggies with a low carb alternative! Nowadays, they have many yummy veggie sides that are a great substitute for the other carbby stuff. If your not a BIG plain veggie fan, ask that they put cheese on it for you! I ALWAYS ask for my veggies smothered in cheese and have yet for someone to say "Sorry, we can't do that."

I've also asked for crumbled bacon to top the veggies off. Most of the time I pay extra for this, but it's worth it for me to feel like i'm not missing out on the fun of eating out. I'm still TREATING myself!


HAMBURGERS
If you are a burger lover (and I soooo am) I have found that you can still VERY much enjoy that burger without a bun! I call it a hamburger salad!

Order your burger with everything you like on it (well, except for onion rings of course) and avoid the burgers with the tangy sauces. (stick to good ole mayo and mustard. Sorry,ketchup has lots of sugar) and don't forget that you can now get flavored mayos..hot and spicy, garlic and herb, southwestern, etc.) Bring your own for a new "kick" to your burger!

chop the burger and all the fixins up and you will have a plate FULL of a nice burger salad! Trust me...this is a suuuuper yummy way to enjoy your burger!


DRINKS
Yes, I know this sounds silly, but I LOVE diet Dr. Pepper and they don't often offer this at a restaurant, so I sometimes bring my own! OR, i'll carry a those very convenient Crystal Light packages in my purse and just order water to make my own drink. IF i'm feeling very creative i'll ask for a water with lemon (some extra as well) and use splenda (which I always carry) and make my own lemonade! Of course, you can always just order any diet soda, or water.


OTHER TIPS
*ORDER unbreaded fish and meats (grilled is best) and absolutely no DEEP FRIED ANYTHING!
*Avoid corn, carrots, and beans (a small portion of black beans are ok. This is because black beans are very fiberous)


ORDER CONFIDENTLY
Restaurants are used to special orders. If your not sure about something ask! You might think about adopting the attitude of someone with a medical condition who just can’t eat certain things. You may be surprised at how accommodating the chef can be.


OK, after reading this you may be thinking that i'm crazy! If you see me dining out you may wonder if the reason I carry a HUGE purse is because i'm carrying LC HOMEMADE TORTILLA CHIPS, EXTRA TORTILLAS, SALAD DRESSINGS, AND A CAN OF DIET DR. PEPPER...well, thats not totally true...I just love big purses! But yes, often times I am packin some or ALL of those things! I'll tell you what though, it seriously does make for a much more enjoyable dinner to have the things I love and know that i'm sticking to my SFLC plan!


HOPE THIS HELPS!

1 comment:

Thanks for visiting, I love hearing from you, however it still always surprises me how many mean and rotten comments I receive, so please remember that I post what I eat merely as a suggestion of ideas for others. Low carbing is not cut and dry. What works for me may or may not work for you. Also, I live exclusively low carb, but I don't live my life counting them so I don't often include the net carb counts on recipes. Happy low carbing ya'll! :)

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