Dining Out on the hCG Diet. Yes You Can.
Restaurants, hCG and Me Eating Out While Being True on Dr. Simeons Diet
There is always an issue when you decided to lose weight, how do you transfer your diet from your home environment to the real world, like dining out at restaurants. You cannot live your life in a bubble and sometimes you just want someone else to cook for you and enjoy a night out with family and friends.
So how to take your hCG diet with you into a restaurant and still be on protocol no matter if you are on phase 1 or phase 2. Well thanks in part to the popularity of the low carb diet it is now easier than you think!
Yes, that is right. A lot of dining menus today have designations for a low carb meal and most of those meals fit Dr. Simeons plan. And another menu choice are the diabetic meals.
But let us take a moment to go over 7 basics rules to help make better choices that will give you the best outcome for staying on your diet when you are dining out.
- Know your Food List
- Avoid foods with sauces, gravies
- Avoid menu items describe foods are being breaded or fried
- Avoid food items that contain cheese
- Avoid salad dressings
- Avoid oils and butters
- When in doubt always ask your server how the food is prepared
What most people do not realize is a lot of restaurants put sugar in their foods and due to state food laws use pre made bases for some food items and the base may contain sugar.
Those are the 7 basic rules to eating out on the hCG diet. You may think that will limit your food choices, but not really. When you are out eating you have more options than you realize and you can always ask your server if you can have something prepared to your liking. Most restaurants will comply with special requests if they are not too far off the beaten path.
Let’s start with what you can eat and build from that point it’s always better to focus on what you can have vs. what you cannot have.
- Grilled or baked chicken breast and most fish
- Lean beef and veal
- Salads. Hold the nuts, tomatoes, cheese, onions please.
- For main course vegetables the easiest way to remember are your ABC’S – Asparagus, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Spinach.
(Most restaurants do not have a cabbage dish, but yes that does fall under the C)
Now that you are armed with the basics foods you can have look at the low carb and diabetic choices. You can pick out foods that will be more adaptable to stay in compliance with your dieting. And you can always choose à la carte items or replace some items.
But let us suppose you are in a rush and have to go through the drive thru. You already know that KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut are off limits. And those juice bars are good but not really for your current eating style.
The safest fast food places are McDonald's or Wendy’s. Why? They both offer a grilled chicken salad. Fast, easy, diet compliant and little thought when you are in a hurry or want to grab something quick.
Also some basic things that you can carry on your person.
- Lemon Packs
Another thing I like to do, carry a small bottle of apple cider vinegar mixed with stevia. That way if dining out I always have a salad dressing ready. BUT sometimes I have forgotten my supplies.
Ask the server if they have Apple Cider Vinegar (some do) or Balsamic Vinegar if balsamic only and several kinds ask if you can get 2 or 3 as well as the little dipping cups. Most establishments carry Splenda so if you forgot your Stevia Splenda will do in a pinch if you like a little sweet taste.
Pour a little balsamic into a little cup mix with a little stevia or Splenda and see if it’s to your liking. If so you know have made a quick salad dressing for your meal.