Have you ever noticed how many times you have the choice to say Yes or No at a restaurant in regards to consumption? Typically there are at least 4 sections on the menu; drinks, appetizers, entree, and dessert; plus bread which is often offered without even asking for it at many places. This gives us a total of at least 5 opportunities to choose how we want to feel in the short term and look in the long term.
I just returned from a wonderful weekend up in Mendocino with my family. We ate every meal out at some amazing restaurant where they support local, organic, and conscious cuisine. As you can imagine, it was truly tempting to resist from trying everything on the menu or at least 1 from each section. What stopped me from indulging at my favorite type of restaurants? I think once in awhile, it’s fine to indulge as I don’t believe in total restrictions, but I knew If I were to choose 5/5 at each meal for 3 days, I would feel over-stuffed, heavy, lethargic, and guilty; not to mention the increase in weight that is inevitable when you indulge on a regular basis. Just imagine how many calories you consume if you choose all 5 options in one sitting and then continue to repeat that?
My friend Joe Cross was visiting a couple of weeks ago and shared a very valuable tip that stuck with me. He said to only choose 2/5 options at each meal. It’s up to you whichever 2 you prefer but only choose 2. I shared this guideline with my family and had fun with it as each tempting option presented itself. Next time you eat out, try the 2/5 option and share your experience. I would love to hear about it.