Eating Low-Carb At Your Favorite Restaurants Is Possible

Filed under: Restaurants — @ January 5, 2008

Last week I was interviewed by my local newspaper here in South Carolina–Spartanburg Herald-Journal–for an upcoming feature story about how I’ve turned my weight loss success into a business and an interesting topic of conversation came up that coincides with a blog post I’ve been working on for a while. I told the freelance writer who was interviewing me last Friday that we were just on our way out the door to go to lunch at Denny’s and she said, “Well, you can’t eat anything healthy there, can you?”

Opportunities to educate never end. :)

I explained how with just a few substitutions of key ingredients that inevitably end up on all the dishes (in the case of Denny’s, that would be pancakes or French fries), you can have a very nice low-carb friendly meal that will keep you on the straight and narrow as you pursue a healthier lifestyle. She was surprised because conventional wisdom is that the large portions and high calories served when dining out will prevent you from eating healthy. Not necessarily, as I’ll SHOW you today.

After I shared this YouTube video about which restaurants are good for low-carbers, I decided to start taking pictures of the foods I order so you can visualize exactly what I’m getting when I go out. These were taken at various times over the past few months and are a good representation of the kind of things you can order when you visit your favorite casual dining restaurant (I may hit fast food in a future blog post, but I’m not a big fan of it).

Click here to see pictures of actual menu items that me and my wife Christine ordered from a variety of popular casual dining restaurant chains, including Denny’s, Ruby Tuesday, Olive Garden, Applebee’s, and Golden Corral.


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