I met Lara for lunch at Billingsbridge Shopping Centre last week. Amy Boughner, asked me through Twitter if I were going to write about how to eat healthily at a food court. I’m not shy about taking writing tips. Today, I’m providing my answers to Amy’s question:
- If you’re eating at one the big chain outlets, you should check the online nutritional data before you head out.
- If you’re thinking about a burger and fries or anything deep-fried, including chicken balls and other Chinese foods, please think again.
- If you’ve reconsidered deep-fried foods and are committed to the choice, separate the food on your plate to the half you’ll eat and the half you’ll throw away and then throw that second half away. Eat only the part of the remainder that tastes marvellous to you.
- Don’t be fooled by salads. Croutons, creamy dressings, cheese and breaded meat give a salad as many or more calories as a burger.
- If you’re able, choose foods that have lots of veggies in them. I enjoy Thai and Indian foods. As long as you stay away from the cream-based sauces and eat only a small portion of the rice or noodles that are served, you’ll do okay. The naan bread can be delicious, too, but eat only a small piece of what you receive.
- Drink water to fill your stomach. Avoid the pop, juice and sports drinks and the calories and sugar they bring with them.
- Take a brisk walk around the mall before you settle in for shopping. Your body needs it.
Do you have a strategy that I’ve missed? Am I misguided in one of my recommendations? Let me know.
I signed up for the 10 K clinic at the Running Room with Sara. I’m missing the focus on pacing that the Half-marathon clinic but enjoying the Wednesday night drills. I’m going to have to take more responsibility for keeping myself at my desired pace. I tried running on a treadmill last Friday. I am – apparently – not at all coordinated. I abandonned the attempt and went to the elliptical machine. I need to get my courage back and try again on the treadmill this week.
I have changed my program at Curves from fitness to muscle-building. I think greater strength will have a positive effect on my running and also will help me get my body fat percentage down. In the two workouts on the new regime, I burned 400+ calories instead of 300+. If that is the only change, I like it.
Tale of the scale
My weight has stayed approximately two pounds over my goal. According to the Curves Weight Management program, I’m supposed to wait until it goes up a full three pounds. I don’t think I have the patience for that. I’m going to boost my activity level and maybe cut back a bit on food to get myself back down.