Stay on Your Diet and Eat Fast Food

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Everyone is busy these days, moms especially.  Most mothers work a full time job during the day and manage everyone's schedule in the evening by chauffeuring children to numerous events, practices etc... . 

This makes it difficult to maintain a sensible eating plan.  There is barely enough time to eat much less ensure that it is healthy.  Sometimes you just have to give in a stop by a fast-food restaurant because you have to eat. 

You may go into a fast food restaurant thinking there is nothing healthy on the menu so I will just get something cheap and easy.  Cheap and easy usually translates into fat, unhealthy and ultimately costly to your diet plan.  Even though a fast food meal can never be as healthy as one you cook in your kitchen, you can eat out without wrecking your diet.  You can also set an example for your kids.  Encourage them to look at fast food statistics and encourage then to choose healthy choices.

You will find several options that are not only healthier than most items on the fast food menu but economical as well.  This is not diet advice; these are recommendations to help you when faced with the drive thru menu and have no other option.  I do not recommend eating fast food, even the healthier options on a regular basis. 

It is always best to prepare fresh food. Below are some healthier options from chain restaurants. Reminder fast food choices tend to be higher in sodium.  These meals are also higher in carbohydrates.  If you are on a reduced carbohydrate diet, I recommend getting rid of some of the bread to meet your diet plan.  For example, only eat the bottom of the bread of the Subway meal

Subway:  As you may know, Subway has several sandwiches with 5 grams or less of fat.  Most of these are in the 300 range.  All are excellent choices.  Best Pick:  Oven Roasted Chicken Breast on Honey Oat, with Cheese (you can eliminate this is you want to reduce fat content) all the veggies you prefer, Sprinkle of oregano and low fat honey mustard sauce.  Meal count around 400 Carbs=47g, Fat=7g, Protein=23g

Taco Bell:   Taco Bell has added an al fresco section to their menu that is lower in fat that the original fare.

Top Pick from them is the Fresco Gordita paired with a Fresco Ranchero Chicken Soft Taco.  Calorie total 420.  Together carbs=52g Fat=14g Protein=23g

McDonalds: Yes, you can eat at McDonalds and still stay within your calorie budget.  At McDonalds, your best bet is a grilled snack wrap, a side salad and a fruit and yogurt parfait without granola.  This is a pretty balanced meal.  It is a good mix and much better than other items on their menu.  Meal totals: Calories= 410 Carbs=58g Fat=11g Protein=19g NOTE: Dressing on your salad will add calories and/or fat choose wisely best dressing choice is Newman's own Low fat Vinaigrette

Wendy's: Wendy's has a few good choices.  I like that you can choose your sides also on their value menu items.  The best meal at Wendy's is a small chili with crackers (4) and a Jr. Hamburger.  This is a filling meal with a good dose of fiber.  Meal Stats: Calories=417 Carbohydrates=44g Fat= 14g Protein= 27g

The list is a suggestion to help you navigate fast food and help you make the healthiest choices when you are on the go.  You should consume water or unsweetend tea with your meals.  I discourage soda of any kind (even diet) Water quenches your thirst and help you feel fuller soon.  Drink water before starting your meal and drink it along with your meal.  As A. Drinkwater says, "Drink water; quench your life's thirst"

Sheryl Monteil has worked extensively in the non- profit sector for the past 13 years.  She has a degree in Psychology with the emphasis in Rehabilitation studies.  Sheryl's interests include self improvement and physical health.  She strives to help non- profits further their mission by working with them to set company goals and boost staff morale.  She is passionate about upholding workers rights and assisting management in learning how to motivate workers and improve productivity by using the SCOPE Principles of Business Leadership. 
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