Restaurant Meal Substitutions that will Make Dr. Oz Proud

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You may be thinking, “Dr. Oz??? He doesn’t even know me.”

Yea but so.  Dr. Oz is a prominent doctor celebrity television persona that gives credibility to almost every “get-slim-quick” supplement product on the market.  Apparently these profit-seeking businesses know to use his name in order to sell their stuff and bring in the big bucks.

Forget the hype, we smart people know the truth.  

– We know that  Dr. Oz doesn’t even use 99.7% of the products that hoard his name on their label.

– We know that these companies are just saying whatever they need to say to get you to open your wallets and spend your hard earned dollars.

– We also know that Dr. Oz is an advocate of eating clean protein-rich meals and healthy fats along with nutrient-rich colorful fruits and vegetables. Based on what he says on his show, he believes powerfully in the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet and is slowly coming to embrace the ancestrally-inspired Paleo diet lifestyle (yaassss!).  So based on what Dr. Oz really truly recommends, in order to get his good praise, eating clean is the name of the game (if you watch his show, you know the doctor loves games).

That’s all it takes folks:  Eat clean foods, make Dr. Oz proud. Simple.

So now you may be asking: what about eating out? True, it is much harder to eat clean at a restaurant given that temptation is all around in the form of discounted menu specials, professional food photos of cake and pasta that tantalize your tastebuds, wildly behaving friends yelling out “shots…” and the sensational aroma coming from the kitchen.  Even when we are able to resist temptation and put forward our best effort, it is much harder to control the quality of restaurant meals because we do not prepare these meals ourselves.  Which is why I recommend you prepare and eat as many meals as possible at home.  Leave restaurant meals as a social experience enjoyed once in a while, not as a daily occurrence.

The next time you are on a social outing, consider making these smart restaurant meal substitutions that will not skimp on flavor, I promise.  But one last important thing:  All that crazy talk above about Dr. Oz being proud of you means NOTHING if you do not approve of yourself and your  own choices.  At the end of the day, YOU come first.  Treat yourself right and feed yourself well despite what others may be doing around you.  It’s the smart decision you can be proud of every time.

Restaurant Meal Substitutions that will make Dr. Oz YOU proud:

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Breakfast or Brunch:

Restaurant menu says:  eggs, bacon, toast, and hashbrown

Instead you choose:  eggs, bacon, no toast, and substitute the hashbrown with a side mixed greens salad + avocado

Lunch:

Restaurant menu says:  cheeseburger on rye bread with mayo, cheddar, lettuce. Tomato and side of fries

Instead you choose:  Instead of the bread, put the burger on a bed of lettuce and hold the fries.  I like to call it, a burger salad.  You’ll need a knife and fork to put this meal down (extra effort I know) but it is so delicious and worth it.  I don’t know about you, but it makes me feel badass to eat a salad with a burger sitting on top.

Dinner:  

Menu says:  Creamy fettuccine Alfredo with breaded fried chicken and garlic French bread.

Instead you choose:  something different!  This gluten bomb will leave your belly bloated and gassy while your brain will be operating on slow mode for days to come.  Steer clear and choose something else such as sirloin steak with roasted broccoli and yam mash.  This substitute meal is gourmet enough to make you feel like you are indulging but without the guilt or the isolate-yourself-please! gluten effects.

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