When eating out in restaurants on Phase 2 of HCG, the low calorie, low fat portion of the protocol, one must remember that the customer is paying for the food and the rental of the table and seat in the restaurant. The customer has the right to ask for special preparations at best, and the server should know what is in the menu items at the very least. If the server doesn't know, he or she may ask the chef exactly how the food is prepared. This goes for any eating style or restrictions one may have.
First, seek out the restaurant menu on the internet. Most good quality restaurants will have a presence on line. Second, call ahead and ask questions. What kind of oil do they use? Are they using local and sustainable produce? Is their meat grass fed and grass finished? Remember, lamb is always grass fed and grass finished because lamb refuse to eat grains. Are they cooking wild caught fish and seafood?
When I ate out during my HCG journey, my first safe place was a sushi restaurant. I ordered sashimi, which means no rice, and they usually shred white radishes for the presentation. Ask for extra radishes. I always asked for scallops, octopus, saba, halibut, and any white fleshed fish. You can order grilled squid or fish cheeks, and remember to ask them to use zero oils. Fish have their own oils. Ask for lemon and salt on the side. Hold the regular soy sauce because it has GMO soy and wheat. Better yet, bring your own pink Himalayan salt and coconut amino sauce for your own soy flavor. Drink lots of green tea. Green tea has been found to assist in fat burning when consuming nine cups or more per day. Eat extra pink ginger because they don't use sugar when pickling it.
After success with the sashimi, I ventured out to a huge Asian buffet restaurant. I know it wasn't organic, but I could maneuver through the salad vegetables and plain grilled seafood and meat. Cold, steamed crab legs and shrimp were good anywhere because they were prepared with no dressings or oils.
Then I was invited to the Outback Steak House. I ordered lobster tails, where two is good for protein portion size, and I had a side of steamed spinach. Most commercial restaurants will steam veggies. Middle Eastern and Indian restaurants have lamb shank or shish kebabs on the grill. Ask for cold or grilled tomatoes and peppers, onions on the skewers or on the side. Add your own coconut oil or give to the server to give to the server to pass on to the chef to prepare your meal with.
I even ate at Sizzler! I ordered the salad bar with all the raw plain veggies. I made my own dressing with their vinegar, lemons, and mustard. You can add the ground beef on the salad from the taco area. One scoop is about 3 and a half ounces, which is appropriate for Phase 2.
If you go on vacation during the low calories phase, you can treat yourself with half and half in the coffee with no detriment or sway from the fat loss. You may use 2 tablespoons per day in the coffee. If you feel like a planned treat, try a Quest bar for lunch or dinner. Remember, a planned treat is not a cheat. Do not beat yourself up mentally afterward.
I hope this helps. Remember, if you are super stressed about eating out during this time, the fat loss will slow down due to the body's hormonal reaction to the anxiety. It is not worth it if you become a mess internally over a restaurant or social event.
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