Slowing down on fast food
Treating fast food as a casual acquaintance instead of a best friend.
If you are in the habit of eating out for lunch almost every day, especially at a burger place or other fast food hang out, Michigan State University Extension recommends these tips to get you started on a slowdown track.
- Find a burger or sandwich that has fewer calories and less fat than the one you usually eat.
- Order the burger or sandwich only and drink water.
- Not ready to give up the fries and drink? Eat only half the fries and consume only half the drink.
- If eating only half the fries and drink seems like a waste, share the half with a friend.
- Split two meals - you can order the meal and your friend orders a salad, then split both orders in half. This way both of you get half the sandwich, fries, drink and salad.
- If it’s only a salad that you order, hold the salad dressing or bring your own low-fat option.
- Instead of fried chicken, fish or steak, ask for a grilled or roasted option.
- Opt for a small soup and salad and go easy on the salad dressing.
- Order or bring a veggie meal one day a week, with tons of water. Seems too radical? Add grilled fish or chicken.
- Reserve the all-you-can-eat options for special occasions.
Keep in mind that moderation with any eating habit is a good thing. Practice any one of the above mentioned approaches for at least two or three weeks, then add a new good eating habit, before long your body will respond to being treated well and reward you for it.