Originally Posted by MelissaAS
Hi- have any of you experienced IPers tried dining at Chipotle? I think it might work for me...burrito in a bowl, without any cheese/guac/sour cream etc. Just meat, lettuce and salsa (not the corn one). Has anyone tried this?
My coach recommended Chipotle as a good place to eat out at. Get the salad, add fajita veggies, your choice of meat (I get the chicken) and top with your favorite salsa (not the one with corn). When I took it home, I added some Walden Farms thousand island dressing and it was totally OP and really yummy!
Before I started IP, we ate out very often, sometimes 3 to 5 nights a week, which no doubt contributed to my weight. When I started IP, I told my husband that we couldn't go out to eat for a long time because I didn't want to go off plan. I knew it was going to be hard because not only did we go out with my immediate family (husband and kids), we also seem to frequently go out with extended family on both sides for one occasion or another. I was very nervous about what I was going to do when these occasions came up, but when I talked to my coach about it she gave me some great ideas. Chipotle, Qdoba, Garbonzo's are great ideas for "faster" food type places. For sit-down restaurants, steakhouses like Outback and Texas Roadhouse are great, as well as places like Red Lobster, Applebees and Red Robin. You just have to ask a lot of questions on how things are prepared and order your food to be prepared to your specifications. Most restaurants are very accommodating. I've gone out a few times in the month that I've been on IP and always get my food exactly the way I want it.
So now I've decided that we can go out to dinner once a week. I always plan a place where I know there are options for me and usually bring my individual WF salad dressing with me. I'll order my protein, like a grilled chicken breast or lean cut of steak, without any added oils or butter, a salad without cheese/croutons/bacon/carrots/dressing etc., and steamed veggies without added oil or butter. It's something that I now look forward to and also feel very much in control.
One of my favorite sushi restaurants has low-carb rolls. Instead of wrapped in rice, the rolls are wrapped in cucumbers! They are so good! So I'll order one of those and some sashimi and I don't feel deprived (sushi is one of my favorite things to eat out). I get a salad (plain lettuce), add my own dressing and I have a great meal.
What are some of your favorite places that you have found that you can eat out at and still stay OP?