When trying to stay on a low-carb diet, eating out can be a real challenge. There are DOs and DON’Ts that will help remarkably. The problem lies in the DOs and DON’Ts mixed together, sometimes in a way that is hard to separate. Let’s make two short lists that will serve us well before we go out.
DO: Meat, fish, cheese, vegetables.
DON’T: Wheat, sugar, potatoes, rice.
When I say sugar I mean sugar, honey, high-fructose corn syrup, fruit juice, and any other non-diet sweetener. Many say artificial sweetener is treated by your body the same as sugar but I remain on the fence. If you eliminate the four bad things listed above and drink diet cola, you are a big winner.
Our first grand experiment takes us to Jimmy John’s.
At the bottom left of the menu linked to there is a “Low Fat/Low Carb Options” selection. After you look at the carb content of every sandwich and see they are all 50+ carbs, click that bottom selection and then look at the two low-carb items. Net carbs for the Hunter Club is 2.19 carbs. Remember to subtract Dietary Fiber from Total Carbs. What is the difference in the low carb options? You get a lettuce wrap instead of bread. Now click through all the drinks. To stay in the low carb zone you need Diet Coke or unsweetened Iced Tea.
A fun experiment at Jimmy John’s would be to get the same sandwich as your friend and they get the Vito with regular bread and you get the Vito as a lettuce wrap. Ask the sandwich maker to cut an inch off your friend’s sandwich from the middle which is for you to compare taste. When you eat that finger sandwich extracted from your friend’s sandwich it should taste quite nice. In comparison, when you bite into your lettuce wrap there will be an explosion of flavor. Starches mute taste.
We learned a huge lesson today. Separate the DOs from the DON’Ts. It was really simple at Jimmy John’s, either have bread or not. Either gain weight or not. Either hurt yourself or not.
Next time we go to Burger King and KFC.