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Tips for Dining Out

Diet be damned, this thing will wreck your colon.

Diet be damned, this thing will wreck your colon.

There’s nothing worse than paying someone to wreck your healthy diet.

We all like dining out. There’s a fun social aspect of a group of people getting together and sharing a meal. Also, fewer dishes to do (unless you can’t pay for the meal, in which case you’re in for an entirely different social experience).

But for those who are trying to lose weight (or just eat healthier), it can be a little intimidating. You spend all week making your own meals, in full control of what you’re putting in your body, and one trip to the restaurant can undo so much of your progress it’ll knock you on your ass.

So what can you do if you find yourself heading to a guild meetup at a restaurant (for example) and you’re starting to feel tense about what that food is going to do to you? Well fear not. Lunden (of Runtastic Fitness fame) has some tips for dining out without messing up your diet:

1. Just say no to bread (including chips and salsa).
2. Plan ahead and check the menu online.
3. If you’re going somewhere that serves big portion sizes or serves calorie dense food, ask for a “to go” box right away.
4. Avoid anything creamy or fried.
5. If you’re ordering a salad, get oil and vinegar on the side.

In her video, she goes into much more detail explaining each of these tips. So you should probably watch it. Or not. Y’know, up to you. I’m just opening the door here.

Healthy Breakfast in Three Minutes

Breakfast is funny. Not “ha ha” funny, because that just makes it sound like a crazy meal. It’s the most important meal of the day, but the one most often missed. We drag ourselves out of bed, fall headlong into a cup of coffee, and stumble out the front door thankful that we remembered to put on our pants.

Sometimes we go back inside because, well, pants.

Ashley Benson offered up a video of a recipe for a quick breakfast. Like, maybe three minutes kind of quick. More importantly, it’s not only quick but a nutritious breakfast as well. Sure anyone can grab a Pop-Tart to go, but “you are what you eat.” Eat garbage, look like garbage, feel like garbage. Start the day off with something healthy and your day will pick up notably.

How To Fight Sugar Cravings

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Just over a week into the New Year. How’s those resolutions working out for ya?

If you’re like me, you’re trying to clean up your filthy act this year. Maybe drop a few pounds, reduce some of the jiggle in your junk trunk. Personally my sweet tooth is a tough cookie (get it? cookie? sweet tooth?) to deal with. I’m generally good with eating healthy, but every once in a while I get the hankering for something sweet. Next thing I know, there’s colorful wrappers everywhere and I’m in sugar-shock wondering what the Hell just happened. Like I’d just been assaulted by Willy Wonka or something.

This is a trap many of us fall into, especially when we’re logged into WoW or any other game of choice. You’re sitting there, either cruising along a flight path or waiting for your Heroic queue to pop. Boredom takes over, and you just feel like grazing a little. That’s when the sugar fairy comes around and reminds your mouth that you still might have some of those Christmas chocolates that Aunt Gertie gave you.

Fitness model and all-around helpful gal Lunden Souza created a video blog entry entitled “How to Fight Against Sugar Cravings”, which is a huge boon for sugar fiends like me who are looking to curb the siren’s song from our sweet nemesis. So put down the bonbon and check out the video. DROP IT I SAID! THIS IS FOR YOUR OWN GOOD!

Eliminating temptation is a good idea. But make sure, if you throw it out, you get it right out of your house. Don’t just toss it in the trash under your sink and leave it there because, well, it’s still in the house. And sometimes the sugar fairy is a mean bitch who doesn’t give a damn about things like personal pride.

I’m not saying that you’ll fish junk food out of your trash like a junkie, but I’m saying some people might. Trust me, it won’t be your shining moment. Certainly wasn’t for me.

Healthy Hotel Breakfast Options

The sultry smile of a woman who enjoys a healthy meal.

Okay, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking “Dude, this is some kind of gaming blog. I’m here to read about Death Knights and stabbing shit.” Fair point. However, the “stabbing shit” you should really concern yourself with is that stabbing sensation in your chest when your clogged arteries kill you to Death… in the night. See what I did there? (Yes. And it was terrible — Editor.)

Many of us travel, and in about 140 days a slew of Blizzard gamers will be heading to Blizzcon. A large percentage of them are going to forget about little things like showering (Gamer Funk is real, people.) But there’s no reason to start your day off by filling your personal gas tank with garbage. Most hotels provide a continental breakfast buffet of some kind, and it wouldn’t hurt to take advantage of it. You’re going to be spending your day standing in line or sitting through panels. Might as well do it with something healthy in your system.

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Because it can get quite unhealthy in the evenings.

In this article over at Self.com, Nutritionist Stephanie Middleberg discusses a few healthy alternatives for the hotel breakfast.

•plain yogurt (prefer it over flavored) with fresh fruit
•oatmeal packet (make with 2% milk or water) and handful of nuts or cinnamon if offered
•2 tbsp. peanut butter + fresh fruit (i.e. banana or apple) OR on toast
•2 hard boiled eggs + fruit
•omelet bar (2 eggs + veggies + cheese OR meat)
•scrambled eggs (1 scoop) plus fruit
•single serve cereal (cheerios or oat bran) with 2% milk. Skip the surgery options!

Your Mom was right – Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Don’t screw it up when you’re travelling!