Tips for Dining Out
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.
Seven Minute Workout
People who claim they don’t have time for things are probably not looking hard enough.
It’s excuses, really. It is easier to come up with reasons to do things – or more often, not do things – than to actually do/not do the thing that we do or don’t want to do.
Follow me? Great!
I have found a workout that takes seven minutes to do. It can be done (and has been done) by beginners and Crossfitters and Marathon runners. It has even been reported on by none other than the NY Times.
The workout itself takes zero special equipment. No fancy weights, bands, or gear. All you need is a wall, a chair, a method to keep track of time, and your body. That’s it. It’s a workout that can be done first thing in the morning when you wake up, or while waiting for a Heroic dungeon queue (if you’re a DPS class of course).
It’s scientifically designed, easy to do, and can be repeated if you want more of a workout. I’ll let Lunden Souza, of Runtastic Fitness fame, tell you all about it.
There. You have now just lost another excuse as to why you can’t work out. You’re welcome.
How To Fight Sugar Cravings
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.