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3 Tips For Ordering Low Carb in a Restaurant

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I went out for dinner a few nights ago and got a delicious salmon salad:

On the menu, it was listed with food items that I didn’t want to eat. This is often the case when looking at a menu; an entrée comes with something high in carbohydrates.


I requested the salmon grilled plain without any oil, butter, or sauces— only salt and pepper. I asked for the salad to only have lettuce and tomatoes, no dressing and no croutons. Simple! The fish was a large portion, so I only ate about half.


Eating out on a low carb lifestyle is doable. Here are some tips:


  1. Look for protein-heavy items like grilled chicken breast, steak, Caesar salad with grilled chicken, or a burger without the bun. If you want the meat seasoned, ask what’s in the seasoning or sauce and if it contains sugar, flour, or gluten. My go-to in a restaurant is a protein cooked plain and veggies, especially salads. I request no sauce, seasonings, or dressing. Keep it simple.
  2. If you want salad dressing, ask for the dressing on the side. Your best option is olive oil because some dressings do contain carbohydrate. If you don’t want olive oil, ask what’s in the salad dressing. Request no croutons.
  3. Don’t be shy about asking for what you need. You should feel proud of yourself for taking control over what you put in your mouth!


This morning I made some eggs with leftover pan-fried steak, cauliflower, asparagus, garlic, spinach, and onions in some butter. Of course, coffee on the side with half and half and stevia!


I cut out Splenda syrups and sugar free gum from my diet after reading this article from the New York Times.

Even though it’s rainy here in northern California, I still went on my hike for about an hour. I put on a raincoat, grabbed my iPod, and enjoyed the cooler air.

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