Ultimate Meal Planning Guide: Chapter 8

The Cr8 Fitness Ultimate Guide to Meal Planning

Chapter 8: Planning For Eating Out 

Now I have to be frank; my family and I do not eat out very much. MAYBE once a month, but usually less. When I do I still make good choices and try not to pig out, but if there is a great looking dessert on the menu, I may just go ahead and get it. But it's a lot different when I travel or go on vacation. The "generous" restaurant portions really add up, and very quickly. If you are an occasional "eater outer" it's not a big deal, but if you go out frequently, you need to think about portion control.

You CAN plan for these times. When our family goes on vacation we, you guessed it, plan out our meals. We'll take a look at what the hotel offers for breakfast; many have a decent hot breakfast with eggs and fruit for, instance. Then we talk about the rest of the day. Will we eat any meals in our room or pack some lunches? Do the kids need to carry some snacks? For dinner we don't always know exactly what restaurant we are going to eat at, but we do know at which meals we are planning to do so. And when we figure it out the "where", it's really easy to hop online and take a look at the menu and see what our choices will be. Using your menu planner ahead of time saves time and money, and it's kinda fun!

Before Heading To The Restaurant

  • Check the menu online before you go, so you know ahead of time exactly what you’ll be ordering.
  • Look or ask if a ‘gluten free’ menu is available (gluten free is not magic, but will save carbs and calories)
  • Drink 8 ounces of water before you leave home.
  • Eat something light before you go (apple + almonds). This will help you ward off the chip/bread bowl, and also keep your portion sizes under control.

At The Restaurant

  • Choose a protein with 2 vegetables and a healthy fat (avocado).
  • Order your burger with no bun or on a salad.
  • Change up the dish – if there is some kind of meat over pasta, just ask for the same but over salad instead.
  • Make sure not to order anything fried.
  • Add extra vegetables.
  • Ask for a double order of vegetables instead pasta or rice.
  • For breakfast, instead of hash browns ask for sliced tomatoes or a side of fruit.
  • Ask for steamed vegetables as a side (add real butter or olive oil)
  • Order a grilled protein (chicken, salmon, etc.) with just salt and pepper.
  • Ask for a lettuce wrap instead of bread or a bun.

As you can see, you can still enjoy a wonderful, tasty meal while saving on some extra calories. Once in awhile it's ok to splurge, but when you eat out often it really adds up. Planning ahead will make for an enjoyable time without feeling bad ucky a little later.

Congratulations! You've Read The Whole Guide - So What's Next?

First of all thank-you so much for reading this guide. We don't take your time for granted, which is one reason we actually wrote this guide. And we get it. We've covered a lot of ground here. You are a busy person, and taking the time to do your meal planning might seem like too much to take on. And the reality is that it is, it might be.

Some people I know really like sitting down every week and planning out their menu. They have practiced their "meal plan mastery" skills, they keep it simple, and they practice the basics:

  • Plan Dinners First
  • Plan Breakfast Second
  • Leftovers for Lunch
  • Shop with a List
  • Build your Portfolio

But what about the rest of us?

I think we can agree the benefits of meal planning, both to your health and your wallet, are just too numerous to ignore. And if you aren't ready to tackle it yourself, we've got you covered. We started our "Cr8 Your Plate" meal planning service for people just like you. Hard working people who just need some assistance fitting it all in.

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Look at it this way. You want to get healthier. Maybe you need to lose some weight. You have to eat something, and you have to go grocery shopping. Why not let us do the heavy lifting and click here to subscribe today to the "Cr8 Your Plate" meal planning service? We will even give 30 days for free to test it out. The only downside is if you don't take us up on it. 🙂

So there you have it. The "Cr8 Fitness Ultimate Guide to Meal Planning". We've given you all our best stuff, and everything you need to put nutritious and tasty food on your plate, every day. You have the knowledge, now it's up to you take action. We are here to help every step of the way. 

To your best health,

Coach Nancy & Coach Dean

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